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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University gymnastics will face Boise State for the second of four times this year when the two teams meet in Boise on Friday night.
SUU will enter the meet looking for its first victory of the season and BSU will be looking to remain undefeated against Mountain Rim Gymnastic members, carrying a perfect 4-0 record this year against the Thunderbirds, BYU and Denver. Boise has yet to face Utah State this season.
Southern Utah improved by almost two points from its season opener to its home opener last week, beginning the season with a 192.025 and suffering 11 falls at Utah to a 193.975 with only five falls last weekend against Utah State. Head coach Scott Bauman is confident that the team will continue to improve as the season moves on.
“We keep getting better and better,” he said. “It is how we train. We don’t plan on coming out in that first meet at our peak, but want to be doing our best gymnastics late in the season.”
SUU will face Boise State again next week when the Broncos travel to Cedar City on Jan. 31. The teams will square off for the final time at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship on March 22.
The meet this Friday is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with links for live stats and a live video feed available online at www.suutbirds.com.
Last Time Against Boise State
Southern Utah faced Boise State in the 2014 season opener at the University of Utah where BSU finished second with a 195.850 and SUU finished fourth with a 192.025.
CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah swept each individual event title, but fell to Utah State overall 194.150-193.975 on Friday night in the T-Birds’ home opener. The Thunderbirds suffered falls on bars and beam that left the team trailing and a strong comeback at the end of the meet, making up seven-tenths, fell short.
Scouting Boise State
Boise State will enter the meet as the team to beat in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship, having recorded a victory over three of four alliance opponents this season, including Southern Utah in Salt Lake City on Jan. 11. The Broncos are the top-ranked team in the alliance (No. 15) and have the top bar worker (Ciera Perkins) and beam worker (Marissa Wossner) among the five schools. BSU also leads the MRGC on vault and bars with team averages of 49.150 and 49.088, respectively.