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ATHENS - The No. 1-ranked Georgia Gym Dogs earned their second consecutive home victory on Saturday after posting a 196.125-193.600 win over the No. 24-ranked Arkansas Lady Backs in front of 9,154 fans at Stegeman Coliseum.

"We started out on fire on vault but we were disappointed with our bar performance," said Georgia head coach Suzanne Yoculan. "Usually competitions are all about momentum, so I'm really surprised we had so many problems on balance beam and on the uneven bars tonight. But I'm excited that we did so well on one event. Floor exercise was good again, even without one of our strongest floor performers Courtney Kupets. We had two events that went really well and two events that we definitely have to do a lot more work in."

Led by Katie Heenan's career high of 9.975, the Gym Dogs vaulted to a 49.550-48.450 lead after the first rotation. Courtney Kupets tallied a career high with a 9.925, while Ashley Kupets followed suit with a 9.925 as well. Georgia's 49.550 on vault marked the highest score in the event since the Bulldogs' 49.575 at last season's NCAA Super Six.

On bars, Courtney Kupets posted a 9.875 to help extend the Gym Dogs' lead to 98.225-97.225. Ashley Kupets tallied a 9.825 while Abby Stack contributed a 9.775. Georgia counted three scores of 9.775 or lower in the event.

The third rotation concluded with Georgia holding a 146.775-145.850 scoring advantage over Arkansas. Competing in her first event of the night, Nikki Childs earned a 9.875 on beam. Kelsey Ericksen followed closely behind, attaining a score of 9.850. Tiffany Tolnay also contributed a 9.775.

Georgia closed out the meet on floor exercise and did not disappoint with a 49.350. The Gym Dogs final three competitors in the event tallied scores of 9.9 or higher, with Ericksen's 9.925, and both Tolnay's and Heenan's 9.900.

Georgia returns to action on Friday, Jan. 27, when it travels to Florida for a meet against the No. 8-ranked Gators.

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