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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics will begin its second leg of facing back-to-back opponents when then Thunderbirds square off against the University of Denver on the road on Saturday night. The Pioneers will make a return trip to Cedar City next week.
SUU had a similar schedule over the past two week, facing Boise State in Boise and then on its home floor in Cedar City last weekend. The T-Birds split the two meets, falling in Boise 196.025-195.050, but handing the Broncos a loss in Cedar, 195.450-195.250.
The two meets marked the first time this season that Southern Utah did not count a fall. The victories also included individual titles for the T-Birds, something that has occurred in each meet this season for SUU.
Fans can follow the meet on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. via a live stat link that will be available on the SUU athletic’s website at www.suutbirds.com.
CEDAR CITY, Utah - SUU improved its season-best score for the fourth consecutive week as the Thunderbirds posted a 195.450-195.250 win over the No. 16 Boise State Broncos on Friday night. The victory also included titles for T-Birds on all four individual events.
Last time against Denver
SUU faced Denver at the 2013 WAC Championships, finishing fifth with a 194.925 as Denver finished second with a 196.125.
Last time against North Carolina State
SUU faced North Carolina State at the 2010 NCAA Regional in Morgantown, W.Va., finishing third with a 195.325. The Wolfpack finished sixth with a 193.425. Alyssa Click is the only gymnast on Southern Utah’s roster to have faced NCSU before, scoring a 9.750 on bars, 9.800 on beam and 9.750 on floor in that meet.
Denver enters the weekend as the highest ranked team in the MRGC, sitting No. 17 in the latest polls. The Pioneers have the top vault, beam and floor worker in the alliance with Moriah Martin, Jorie Hall and Nina McGee on top of each of those respective events. Martin is also second in the MRGC on bars, averaging a 9.875 over the course of the season.
Scouting North Carolina State
NC State enters the weekend No. 26 in the country and averaging a 194.640 team score. The Wolfpack are led on vault, beam and floor by sophomore Brittni Watkins with a 9.813, 9.840 and 9.825 season average, respectively. Stephanie Ouellette paces the team on bars with a 9.788 season average on the event.