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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics will be looking for some payback on Friday night when the Thunderbirds host Brigham Young University at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be the second time the two teams have faced this season with the Cougars taking a victory in Provo two weeks ago.
The defeat kick-started a two-meet losing skid for the T-Birds with a subsequent loss at Boise State last weekend. Despite the setbacks, Southern Utah recorded its top road mark of the season at Boise with a 195.600 and a 194.075 in Provo. The totals propelled the T-Birds up in the polls, moving from No. 35 to No. 29.
SUU also enjoyed individual accolades during the two-meet stretch with senior Michaela Chernoch capturing four individual titles with top marks on vault and floor at BYU and beam and in the all-around at Boise State. Fellow senior, Caitlin Kennedy, also took home an individual title at BYU, scoring a 9.850 on the balance beam.
Fans can follow the meet on Friday night with live stat and live video links anticipated to be available online at www.suutbirds.com. For tickets, contact the Centrum ticket box office at 435-586-7872 or by going online to www.tbirdtickets.com.
Scouting Brigham Young
Brigham Young University will enter the meet No. 35 in the latest polls, averaging a 194.686 with averages of 48.764 on vault, 48.836 on bars, 48.333 on beam and 48.753 on floor.
The Cougars are led individually by Madeline Nilsson on vault (9.762), Summer Raymond on beam (9.769) and Haylee Rollins on bars (9.828) and floor (9.838).
Last Time Against Brigham Young
Southern Utah opened its meet 21-for-21 in Provo, but suffered three consecutive falls on beam to end the night and come up on the losing end of a 195.800 - 194.075 decision.
Southern Utah notched its highest road score of the 2013 season with a 195.600 at Boise State. However, the T-Birds lost to the Broncos as the home side scored a season-high 196.575, including a school-record 49.575 on floor.
Tied in History
Southern Utah University gymnastics encountered its only tie in school history, hosting BYU in a meet in 2008 where both teams scored a 195.000.