LOS ANGELES – Junior Morgan Lane posted a season-high 39.375 to win the all-around competition and lead North Carolina to a score of 195.400 in a dual meet at No. 4 UCLA. The Bruins proved worthy of their lofty ranking with a 197.800 total that included two perfect 10 scores.
"Morgan was outstanding once again, and I think she had one of the best balance beam routines I've ever seen from her," said head coach Derek Galvin. "Our score today will help with our regional qualifying score as we prepare for next week's conference championships."
Lane finished just .025 off her career high all-around total. She finished second in the vault with a career-best 9.875, third on the balance beam at 9.900, fourth on floor exercise with another 9.900 and eighth on the bars with a 9.700.
After starting slow on uneven bars with a 48.225 score, the Tar Heels rallied for scores of 49.000-or-better in each of the next three apparatuses.
“We had a couple of mistakes on bars and we got the team together before vault to talk about it," said Galvin. "We talked about how we still had three more rotations, that we needed to bring more energy and show this crowd what we could do. The team responded and they rocked on vault."
UNC’s score of 49.100 on vault was a season-high and it’s best since the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional in Raleigh. In addition to Lane’s 9.875, Carolina received scores of 9.850 from junior Kaitlynn Hedelund, 9.825 from junior Madison Nettles and 9.825 from freshman Alexis Allen.
Nettles was strong again on floor with a 9.850. It was the fifth time in his last six floor competitions that she posted a 9.800 or better. Junior Lauren Weisel (9.725) and freshmen Khazia Hizlop (9.775) and Mikayla Robinson (9.750) contributed to the team’s score of 49.000.
"Khazia completed a double front for the first time in her career, which was great to see," said Galvin. "The floor was very springy, which is great, but we had three people go out of bounds and that hurt our score."
On beam, freshman Emma Marchese led off with a 9.825, followed by a 9.775 from freshmen Grace Donaghy and a 9.800 from Hizlop. Lane posted her 9.900 and Allen finished off the scoring with a 9.775 and a total of 49.075.
The Tar Heels now turn their attention to next week’s East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. in Raleigh.