Georgia Vs. Stanford Preview
Jan. 19, 2013
ATHENS-----Eighth-ranked Georgia will be back in action Monday afternoon at 2 p.m when it welcomes Stanford to Stegeman Coliseum. The Gym Dogs are coming off a 196.050-195.700 win over Auburn Friday night. Georgia led throughout the meet, but Auburn closed the margin to .125 entering the final rotation. Season-highs on floor by Sarah Persinger (9.9), Christa Tanella (9.875) and Brandie Jay (9.875) sealed the win for the Gym Dogs.
This is the third meet of the season for Stanford. The Cardinal opened the season by winning a quad meet against San Jose State, UC Davis and Sacramento State on Jan. 4, then won another quad meet against Arizona, Illinois and San Jose State on Jan. 12. This marks the third of four straight road meets to start the season for Stanford.
In the event rankings, Georgia entered the week ranked No. 2 nationally on vault with a 49.313 average. The Gym Dogs scored a 49.3 on vault in the season-opener, and topped that mark with a 49.325 against Arkansas. Georgia is ranked fifth on bars (49.088) and seventh on beam (49.0).
Courtney McCool posted a clutch 9.925 in Georgia’s final routine to lead the top-ranked Georgia Gym Dogs over No. 7 Stanford by a score of 195.150-195.050 in front of a sellout crowd of 10,224 at Stegeman Coliseum. The Gym Dogs had to count a fall on floor and needed a 9.85 by McCool to win. The senior answered the call to lead the Gym Dogs to a season-opening victory. Noel Couch scored a 9.85 on vault, and Shayla Worley posted a 9.825 on beam in their first collegiate meet.
Georgia will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Metroplex Challenge on Saturday. The Gym Dogs will compete against four other teams: LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Washington.