Alabama Gymnasts On Road At LSU

LSU fans will be happy to know that Alabama will not play defense tonight in Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide will be at LSU, but there is no defense in gymnastics. That doesn't mean the Fighting Tigers have nothing to fear from Bama, though.

In part, that is because Alabama Coach Sarah Patterson and her third-ranked Crimson Tide squad do not fear performing on the road. Alabama is 8-0 this year and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference competition. LSU is 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.

LSU is ranked 13th in the nation and is undefeated in the Maravich Assembly Center, where the Tigers host Bama Friday night. It is the final SEC meet for the Tide.

Friday also marks the Tide's fourth away meet of the season and the third road meet against SEC competition.

"I think we've done a good job in our road meets this season," Alabvama Coach Sarah Patterson said. "I thought we did a good job at Kentucky two weeks ago, though we weren't perfect. In terms of our preparation, I feel like we are right where we need to be to go into LSU and have a great meet."

Alabama comes into the meet after beating Arkansas last Friday in Tuscaloosa.

Tigers Coach D-D Breaux is celebrating her 35th season as the Tiger's mentor this year. LSU is led by freshman Rheagan Courville, who is ranked 22nd in the all-around and third on the vault.

The Tide and Tigers last met at the 2011 SEC Championships where Alabama took first with a 197.225 while LSU was fifth with a score of 195.475. The Tide and Tigers last met in the regular season on March 11, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, with UA winning 196.95-194.750.

Seniors Geralen Stack-Eaton and Ashley Priess led the Tide over the Razorbacks, sweeping the individual events between them. Stack-Eaton, competing in her first all-around of the season, won the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise as well as the all-around. Priess won the balance beam and shared the top spot with Stack-Eaton on the uneven bars and floor exercise. Both are ranked in the top five in the all-around, with Priess coming in at No. 1 and Stack-Eaton at No. 4.

Friday's meet will be televised on a tape delayed basis on ESPN2 and EPSNU.

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