To no one's surprise, 25th-ranked N.C. State provided little challenge for the Gym Dogs at Stegeman Coliseum Friday night. Georgia ran its all-time record against the Wolfpack to 31-0.
The Red and Black opened the meet on the vault, posting a team tally of 49.425 on the strength of 9.95 scores from Georgia Sportswoman of the Year Katie Heenan and Courtney Kupets. This gave the home team the early lead after the visitors carded a cumulative 48.85 on the parallel bars.
In their turn on the bars in the second rotation, the Gym Dogs extended their advantage to a full point. Kupets's 9.975 mark set a new national standard for the season and paced a 49.375 team effort that outshone N.C. State's 48.95 in the vault. 9.85s from Kupets and Courtney McCool on the balance beam guided the squad to a 48.925 mark in the third rotation, in which the Wolfpack put up a 48.875 in the floor exercise.
The foregone conclusion became official following a fourth rotation in which McCool's 9.925 on the floor aided in a 49.15 Georgia effort. N.C. State again fell short, earning a 48.5 on the beam.
Despite not matching their best performance of the season so far, the Gym Dogs improved upon the 196.82 team average that had the Red and Black ranked No. 1 in the land.