Robinson lifts Gold past Black

Alisha Robinson wins the all-around, vault and floor exercise.
Monday, December 8, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:40 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

The question was not if Missouri would win, but which Missouri would win.

Alisha Robinson led the Gold to a 191.4-191.175 win in the Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage Sunday at Hearnes Center.

After taking a three-tenths of a point lead into the final rotation, the Black team could not hold on.

Robinson was solid in all four of her events, winning the all-around (39.4), vault (9.825) and floor (9.9). She tied Andrea Nervig for first on the uneven parallel bars at 9.875. Lauren Schwartzman won balance beam with a 9.9.

Robinson said she was performing new routines and was pleased with the way the meet went.

“Everything felt good,” Robinson said. “I don’t think if you asked anyone they would say they were perfect, but that’s what the meet was for. We had to get the nerves out and realize what we had to work on in the gym.”

Each team had events that it struggled in, with the Black recording five falls on beam and the Gold falling twice off the bars. Both teams also were challenged by the boundaries in the floor exercise.

Coach Rob Drass said the problems are to be expected early on in the season.

“It’s always bars and beam,” Drass said. “It’s very easy to fall off those two events, and they tend to make or break your score. I’d like to see a little more consistency.”

Overall, Drass said what he saw impressed him.

“I think we’re doing a very good job,” Drass said. “The same things we’re seeing in the gym we’re seeing in competition. Sometimes it takes a month or so to see that happen, so to see it happen today is a real good sign.”

Drass said the scores also impressed him heading into the Tigers’ opener Jan. 11 against Iowa State. Last year, Missouri won its home opener against the Cyclones, 192.575-192.

“Today we put up two teams that nearly scored a 192,” Drass said. “I think our depth is much, much better this year. If you take our top five scores we’re really more of a 194, 195, which is where we were toward the end of last season.”

Kelley Andersen was the top scorer for the Black, taking second in the all-around with a 39.05. Andersen took a medical redshirt last year after tearing her right Achilles tendon in the Black and Gold scrimmage, and this was her first competition since the injury.

Lindsay Davis, a senior, claimed the third spot in the all-around with a 38.350. It was her final Black and Gold meet, and she said it was the best one she has seen.

“It gets us motivated to get back in the gym,” Davis said. “We know the little things that the judges are looking for. It gets you really excited for the season to start.”

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