No. 21 BYU beats Utah State in home opener
PROVO, Utah - No. 21 BYU took down the Utah State Aggies (196.450) after posting a season high 196.775 at the Smith Fieldhouse Friday night.
Sadie Miner-Van Tassel won the All-Around title with a 39.425, her highest All-Around score of her career. Elease Rollins took home the beam title with a 9.925 and Anyssa Alvarado finished first on the uneven bars with a 9.925.
“I am super happy with our performance tonight," head coach Guard Young said. "I’m especially thrilled with Abby Beeston’s performance. She's typically a bar specialist but she's worked her way into the floor lineup and looked great. We threw her in last minute on beam and she put on a gutsy performance that the team really needed.”
Haley Pitou started the Cougars off on the vault with a 9.825 followed by Elease Rollins and Allix Mason who both posted a 9.775. Lexi Griffith and Sydney Benson posted back-to-back 9.850s to put the Cougars to keep up the momentum. Miner-Van Tassel put up a 9.825 to give BYU a final score of 49.125 on the vault.
Miner-Van Tassel kicked things off for the Cougars on the uneven bars with a career high score of 9.875. Allix Mason and Lindsey Hunter followed that up with a pair of 9.750s. For the second week in a row, Pitou tied her career high with a 9.900 on the bars. Alvarado matched her career high with a 9.925 to pull the Cougars ahead of the Aggies with a total score of 98.325.
Lauren Ono gave the Cougars a strong start on the beam with a 9.825. Freshman Eliza Millar posted a 9.800 followed by a career high 9.900 from Miner-Van Tassel. Rollins matched her career high on beam posting a 9.925. Beeston posted a career high 9.825 to round out the rotation for the Cougars and improve their total score to 147.600 and give them a .425 lead over Utah State entering the final rotation.
Hunter opened for BYU on the floor and posted a 9.800 with Beeston carding a 9.825. Addy Rieder and Miner-Van Tassel put up consecutive 9.825s followed by Brittney Vitkauskas’ second straight 9.900 to finish the night for the Cougars and give them a final score of 196.775.
There were 1,952 fans that showed up for the 2022 Alumni meet where Young recognized the 2021 MRGC Championship team and presented conference championship rings.
“The crowd is definitely a competitive advantage because the girls really feed off of the energy,” Young said. “Especially after last year when we just had family here, so to have the fans back like we did is amazing and the momentum is only going to grow.”
No. 21 BYU prepares for home opener against Utah State
PROVO, Utah – Competing on home turf for the first time this season, No. 21 BYU invites No. 23 Utah State to battle in the Smith Fieldhouse on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. MST.
Most recently, on Jan. 7, the two teams faced off at the Rio Tinto Best of Utah Meet in West Valley City, Utah. Utah State placed second (195.875) behind the current No. 2 University of Utah (197.100), with BYU placing third (195.225) and SUU fourth (195.000).
- When: Friday, January 28
- Time: 7 p.m. MST
- Location: Smith Fieldhouse
- TV: BYUtv
- Stats: StatBroadcast.com
THE COUGARS. Currently ranked No. 21, BYU reached its season-high score of 196.425 in its meet against MRGC rival Southern Utah on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the America First Event Center in Cedar City, Utah. Senior Sadie Miner-Van Tassell competed for the All-Around (39.100) and received the MRGC Gymnast of the Week honor for the second week in a row. Anyssa Alvarado clinched the second-highest score on the uneven bars with a 9.925 to tie her career high. Senior Lexi Griffith notched a 9.875 on vault along with teammate Miner-Van Tassell to receive the shared MRGC Vault Specialist of the Week accolade.
THE AGGIES. Currently ranked at No. 23, Utah State competed in a quad meet in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday, Jan. 21. The Aggies notched a 196.350 to receive second place, which marks the sixth-highest road score in school history. Utah State freshman Brie Clark earned her third-straight MRGC Floor Specialist of the Week honor after scoring a 9.925 on the event in the quad meet.
Consistent with current BYU requirements, all in attendance will need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test upon entry. Masks will also be required, regardless of vaccination status. Find more details at byu.edu/coronavirus