Feb. 7, 2014
Michigan improves to 49-9-1 all-time against Illinois and extends its unbeaten streak in the series to 39 in a row dating back to January 1991.
The Wolverines also kept its conference dual-meet record intact at 3-0, setting up a showdown next Friday (Feb. 14) at Nebraska. It will be the last Big Ten head-to-head meet for each team before the Big Ten Quads in March.
This was Michigan's first visit to Champaign since Feb. 27, 2010.
Of the 48 routines from both teams on Friday, only six were judged at 9.850 or higher (five for Michigan, one for Illinois).
Michigan did not break 196.000 in its team score for the first time since March 24, 2012, at the Big Ten Championships, a span of 19 meets.
Joanna Sampson won the all-around for the ninth consecutive time in qualifying regular-season meets, dating back to last season. She has surpassed 39.000 or greater in 25 career meets, grabbing 17 career all-around titles and 44 career individual event titles.
Sachi Sugiyama won her first vault title since tying for first at the Minnesota Quad on Jan. 26, 2013.
Shelby Gies won uneven bars and balance beam in the same meet for the first time since March 2, 2013, at Michigan State.
Brooke Parker was in the official lineup for the second time in her Michigan career on vault and for the first time on floor exercise.
Natalie Beilstein was held out of competition on Friday for precautionary reasons after sustaining a fall on uneven bars during practice earlier this week.
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