The No. 7 ranked Alabama gymnastics team is on the road tonight at No. 3 LSU. This will be Alabama’s second road trip and third consecutive meet facing another team ranked in the top 10. Alabama (3-1, 3-0 SEC) is currently top 10 in three of the four events, while LSU (2-1, 1-1SEC) is ranked top 10 in all four events.
"It's going to be a great college atmosphere and a great rivalry meet," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "I'd much rather be in that kind of environment, when there's six thousand people cheering for the other team than go across the country and compete in front of a couple of a hundred people."
Alabama can expect a raucous crowd at the Maravich Center as LSU is seeking a team record fifth straight score of 197 or more at home. LSU will rely on its trio of gymnasts currently in the top 10 in the All-Around led by Rheagan Courville at No. 1. Fans who attended the meet against LSU in Coleman last year will certainly remember Lloimincia Hall. I’ve never seen an opposing gymnast win over a crowd quite like she did during her floor routine.
Alabama is looking for the complete return of Diandra Milliner who was a late scratch at the Kentucky meet and was held out of the floor exercise line-up last week against Arkansas. Seniors Sarah DeMeo and Kim Jacob have been the leaders of the team so far this year and will need to continue to provide consistent performances for Alabama to come out on top.
Here’s hoping for 24 sticks on the landings and a win for our ladies.