Feb. 4, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-----Despite winning individual titles on all four events, No. 4 Georgia fell to 11th-ranked Arkansas 195.775-195.400 Friday at Barnhill Arena.
The Razorbacks (3-2, 3-1 SEC) posted their highest overall score of the season to pick up the program's first win over Georgia (6-2, 2-1 SEC). Despite the loss, Noel Couch (vault), Cassidy McComb (bars and beam), Christa Tanella (beam) and Shayla Worley (beam and floor) all won individual titles for the Gym Dogs. Arkansas' Jaime Pisani won the all-around with a 39.375.
"We're just not as mentally strong as we need to be," said head coach Jay Clark. "We had mistakes from upperclassmen who don't normally make those mistakes. We counted two falls and lost by less than four-tenths; that's frustrating."
Arkansas took the early lead with a 49.0 on vault, while Georgia scored a 48.675 on bars after counting a 9.4. The Gym Dogs were led by McComb's 9.875 and a 9.85 by Nuccio.
The Razorbacks extended their lead to 98.025-97.625 following the second rotation, with a 49.025 on bars. Georgia scored a 48.95 on vault with the help of a season-high 9.85 by Couch and a career-high 9.8 from Mariel Box.
In the third rotation on floor, Georgia had falls in its last two routines, and Arkansas extended its lead to 146.65-146.1. Worley posted a season-best 9.875 in the No. 4 spot, and Tanella tied her career-high with a 9.825 for the Gym Dogs.
Georgia's best event was on the balance beam, where it posted a 49.3, the Gym Dogs' highest beam score of the season and the highest road score on any event. The first five gymnasts all tied season-highs led by a 9.875 by Worley. Arkansas also closed out the meet with its highest event score, a 49.125 on floor.
"There were some positives," Clark said. "There were some good things. I thought Lindsey Cheek performed well, and we finished the meet strong on balance beam. Those are things we can take from this meet."
Georgia returns home to face top-ranked Florida Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Only UGA student tickets remain for the meet after all reserved seat tickets sold out Friday. Reserved seat tickets ($10 adults and $6 youth) for all other regular season home meets and the NCAA Regional ($12 adults and $9 youth) are available and can be ordered online or by calling the Athletic Association Ticket Office 1-877-542-1231 between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
1. Arkansas: 195.775 (Vault - 49.0; Bars - 49.025; Beam - 48.625; Floor - 49.125)
2. Georgia: 195.400 (Vault - 48.95; Bars - 48.675; Beam - 49.3; Floor - 48.475)
Individual Georgia Results
Vault (48.95): Lindsey Cheek - 9.8; Mariel Box - 9.8; Noel Couch -9.85 ; Hilary Mauro - 9.725; Cassidy McComb - 9.775; Cat Hires - 9.625
Bars (48.675): Christa Tanella - 9.75; Cat Hires - 9.8; Noel Couch - 9.275; Gina Nuccio - 9.85; Cassidy McComb - 9.875; Kat Ding - 9.4
Beam (48.625): Noel Couch - 9.825; Lindsey Cheek - 9.85; Christa Tanella - 9.875; Hilary Mauro - 9.825; Shayla Worley - 9.875; Cassidy McComb - 9.875
Floor (48.475): Lindsey Cheek -9.775; Christa Tanella - 9.825; Noel Couch - 9.8; Shayla Worley - 9.875; Cassidy McComb - 9.075; Laura Moffatt - 9.2