North Carolina will host a rematch with No. 15 Maryland Saturday, after falling to the Terrapins by a slight margin in the teams' last dual meet.
The Tar Heels (5-2) totaled a 194.425 to Maryland's 195.300 as the two teams faced off in College Park Jan. 26. Carolina put up a strong performance, coming from behind to top the Terrapins (4-0-1) on balance beam and floor exercise, but could not quite overpower Maryland.
"We just weren't as sharp the first two events," said head coach Derek Galvin. "But we got together as a team and talked about what we needed to do in the last two events. It is kind of like the halftime."
"What I expect to see from our team, again, is performances that display more confidence," Galvin added. "They've been showing that in each meet, but they're really ready right now to put together a complete meet."
Landing first place in the all-around at the last meet, captain and senior Elizabeth Durkac grabbed East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week honors for the second week in a row. Despite troublesome ankles that have kept her number of repetitions in practice lower than usual, Durkac hopes to continue her streak.
"We've had to go lighter in her training the past two weeks because her ankles are very tender," said Galvin. "But fortunately, her skill execution is so good that not doing as many repetitions in practice is not hurting her."
Durkac and the rest of the Tar Heels, excited to be back in their own gym Saturday, will be looking to even the record against Maryland this season. The meet will begin at 5 p.m. and is free for the general public.