Wong leads Huskers to win
Senior Emily Wong led the No. 7 Nebraska women's gymnastics team to a victory over the Oregon State Beavers and the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday night in Corvallis, Oregon. Wong swept all four events and the all-around competition en-route to capturing a new season-high all-around score of 39.650. Wong is still undefeated in the all-around and on floor. She has also collected 27 event titles this season.
The Huskers improved to 11-1 overall on the season outscoring No. 14 Oregon State (196.625) and Arizona State (195.575). Nebraska is a perfect 6-0 on the road this year.
The Huskers started the meet on beam managing to score an impressive 49.275, led by Wong's 9.925 mark. Jessie DeZiel tabbed a career-high tying score of 9.90, while Jennie Laeng claimed her new career-high 9.875. Jamie Schleppenbach soared to a 9.875 and Amanda Lauer chipped-in a 9.75 mark to round out the beam lineup.
Nebraska's 49.275 led all teams after the first rotation. Oregon State compiled a score of 48.950 on vault, while the Sun Devils also claimed a 48.950 on bars.
Nebraska had some uncharacteristic errors on floor posting a 48.925 score. Wong shined once again, scoring a 9.90 in the anchor spot to claim top honors on the event. Blanske with a very strong routine notched a 9.85, while DeZiel (9.775) and Desire' Schleppenbach (9.75) tacked-on scores to round out the rotation.
Oregon State jumped out to a slight lead after the second rotation, picking up a 49.350 on bars to increase their team score to 98.300. ASU earned a 49.100 on beam. With two events down, OSU led the meet with Nebraska at 98.200, and ASU 98.050.
The Big Red scored a 49.250 on their third rotation on vault. Wong led the Huskers sticking a notable 9.925, while Blanske produced a 9.90. Stephens and Martin tacked-on two identical marks of 9.825 while Jessie DeZiel (9.775) rounded out the lineup.
Oregon State led all teams again after the third event of the night posting a 49.225 on beam. Arizona State claimed a 48.725 on floor. With only one event remaining, OSU led all teams at 147.525 as the Huskers closely followed at 147.450, with ASU taking third at 146.725.
The Huskers closed out the meet strong, scoring a 49.200 on bars led by Wong's 9.90 effort. Blanske and DeZiel both snagged identical scores of 9.875, while Stephens and Laeng also tacked-on identical marks of 9.775.
OSU posted a 49.100 on floor, and the Sun Devils claimed a 48.800 on vault. The meet came down to the final floor rotation but the Beavers just could not hold onto their lead. Nebraska won the meet 196.650, over OSU (196.625) and Arizona State (195.575).
Nebraska wraps up their home regular season next Saturday, March 8th, facing No. 13 Arkansas on Senior Night at 6 p.m. inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The meet will honor seniors Jamie Schleppenbach and Emily Wong
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