3 things to know: Alabama 196.525, GymDogs 194.525

Sabrina Vega during Georgia’s season opener against Alabama. (Amelia B. Barton)

Illness, injuries and miscues hampered the GymDogs in a 196.525-194.525 loss to No. 4 Alabama in Tuscaloosa Friday.

 

Georgia (0-1) faces a quick turnaround with top-ranked Oklahoma set to visit Stegeman Coliseum at 2 p.m. Monday.

Here’s what to know about the loss to Alabama:

Sanders’s absence

Senior Hayley Sanders did not travel with the team to Tuscaloosa due to illness. She has the flu, Georgia coach Courtney Kupets Carter said. Sanders showed routines at Georgia’s First Look in December and competed on beam and bars as a junior. Freshman Marissa Oakley filled in for Sanders on beam and the GymDogs had just five athletes compete on bars.

Vault stumbles

Both teams had miscues on vault. Alabama had to count a 9.3 from Lexi Graber, who appeared to injure her ankle on the landing. There was also a lengthy discussion between Alabama coach Dana Duckworth and the judges table over Maddie Desch’s 9.250, which ended up being Alabama’s dropped score. Alabama posted a 48.6 on the rotation.

Georgia dropped Rachel Dickson’s 8.850 after a fall. It was a rare stumble for Dickson on vault. As a freshman, she averaged a 9.8295 on the event with a previous low of 9.75. Her career high on the event is a 9.9. Georgia posted a 48.950 for the rotation.

Beam troubles

After struggling on floor — the GymDogs saw senior Gigi Marino leave the floor with an injury and had to count a 9.2 from junior Sydney Snead — the troubles continued on beam. They had to count a 9.225 from senior Natalie Vaculik and a 9.4 from Dickson. Sophomore Sabrina Vega anchored the rotation with a team-high 9.875. Vega’s performance wrapped up a night in which a Georgia gymnast did not score higher than a 9.875 in any rotation.

 

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