Feb. 24, 2013
Sunday's meet was designated a Pink Meet for breast cancer awareness. Michigan wore pink t-shirts during warm-ups and pink leotards during competition.
With three wins on Sunday, head coach Bev Plocki stands at 599 career wins. A win over Michigan State on Saturday (March 2) would make Plocki the third active NCAA D-I women's gymnastics head coach to reach the 600-win plateau, joining Greg Marsden (Utah) and D.D. Breaux (LSU).
Bev Plocki competed one year for West Virginia (1987). She holds B.S. and Master's degrees from the university.
Joanna Sampson did not compete on vault, while Katie Zurales did not compete on floor exercise.
Michigan has reached double-digit wins in 23 consecutive seasons, a streak that began in Bev Plocki's second year at Michigan (1991).
The Wolverines improve to 21-4 all-time against West Virginia, winning the last nine meetings in the series. They are also 11-1 against New Hampshire and 2-1 against Towson.
Michigan's score of 48.825 on uneven bars snaps its streak of scoring above 49.000 in every rotation of the last six meets. The Wolverines scored 48.975 on vault at the Cancun Classic on Jan. 4, their only other sub-49.000 score this season.
U-M's balance beam score (49.250) was its second highest of the season. It scored a season-best 49.275 at the Cancun Classic on Jan. 4.
Katie Zurales tied her career high on balance beam (9.925). She has placed in the top three on balance beam in all but one meet this season (Ohio State).
Michigan's previous season best on vault was 49.325, set on two separate occasions -- Jan. 26 at Minnesota and Feb. 16 vs. Penn State.
With today's score factored in, Michigan's RQS increases from 196.905 to 196.975. The Wolverines dropped their 196.575 from the Cancun Classic on Jan. 4. The newest versions of the rankings will be released Monday (Feb. 25), with the rankings switching from season scoring average to RQS.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bev Plocki
On the team's performance ... "I am pleased. The thing I'm most pleased with is that we didn't start off particularly strong on uneven bars, but we came back out on the next three events and really did a great job of responding. We still managed to put up a very good road score."
On how the team bounced back on balance beam during the second rotation ... "It was the first break this year that didn't go our way. It probably cost us four tenths. That being said, it was bound to happen. I'm glad to have it out of the way so we aren't going in the postseason without having counted a fall."
On the performance of the captains, Katie Zurales and Joanna Sampson ... "They both started off really well. Katie got us going on uneven bars, while Joanna finished in a pressure situation. We were already counting a 9.475 at that time, so we needed to hit routines. Getting that from her was big. They're doing what they are supposed to be doing as captains and leaders. It's great to see."
On how the team finished ... "I thought they finished very strong. I almost felt like we were getting better on each event as the meet went along. We're continuing to be very strong on floor. The fact that we bounced back after a not-so-great start is the sign of a really great team."
U-M Junior Joanna Sampson
On if the rest helped her performance ... "Yeah, I think not having to do vault put my mind at ease a little bit. Having the rest on the ankle definitely helped. It's the one event that hurts a little more. It was good that we were able to rest. Hopefully we can finish out nice and strong."
On how the team bounced back after the first rotation ... "Yeah, I'm very proud of how we came back from it. We haven't had to overcome two little mess-ups in a rotaton so far. It's harder to overcome a few of those, but I thought we responded well. Knowing we can get through that, it just makes us more confident regardless of what is thrown at us."
On the team's mentality after the first rotation ... "I think we were all a little shaken, but we knew how we were doing in practice and how we've done in past meets, so we were ready to bring it back. It just provided another opportunity for us to show them what we could do. We needed to make up ground that we could, and we definitely did that."
U-M Sophomore Sachi Sugiyama
On the meet ... "I think we did really well. We started off a bit rough on uneven bars, but we came back with a nice, calm and consistent rotation on balance beam. Then we just let it rip on floor exercise. We definitely finished strong. Personally, I think I did well. It was good to be back on floor. We've got to work on the little things, handstand and whatnot."
On going up in the fourth spot on uneven bars ... "I really didn't see it. I don't usually watch the person in front of me, but I saw the score. You just have to act like it doesn't happen. You're going to have misses every once and a while."
On how the team finished the meet ... "A lot of energy. We tried to remember how much we felt last time. We had two awesome rotations. We've been working on vault a lot, trying to stick more landings. Our hops are getting smaller, and our deductions are less as a result."