Tiger gymnastics team shines in dual against Pipestone

They didn’t quite do well enough to earn a pizza party, butthe young Marshall Tigers weren’t complaining after their gymnastics dual with Pipestone Area Thursday in Marshall.

Tiger head coach Lindsay Wolff had challenged her squad to get a team score of 110 for the meet. They got 109.25, which wasn’t quite enough for a pizza party, but good enough for a team-high for the season by nearly two points.

The visiting Arrows had a score of 119.875 to win the dual.

Meg Ellis had a standout night for the Tigers, finishing second in the all-around with a score of 30.25. It was the highest any Tiger has finished in the all-around all season. Her steady performance was echoed by her teammates, who stepped up their game on Thursday.

“She scored over a 30 on all-around tonight, so she was definitely on,” Wolff said of Ellis. “All the girls were on tonight, I’m very proud of them.

“On beam we only had four falls, usually we have eight, so that’s four points right there. I’m happy with how they performed and I think this is going to give us momentum Monday to see how they can come out and see if they can hit 109 again.”

Where Ellis really shined was the floor exercise. She scored an 8.300 to win the event, and teammate Shannyn Chelsey also put forth a strong routine and finished an 8.000 to tie for second.

That was the final event of the day, but Wolff said she could tell the Tigers were going to do well in the dual early on.

“We started out on vault and we got a new high for us. We had four girls score over an eight, and that usually hasn’t happened,” she said. “We did that and had the momentum going into bars. We got a new high on bars by about a whole point. It was just clean. The skills are coming along and the girls are working hard in practice.”

It was a special night for Wolff for her squad to have a good performance against Pipestone. She graduated from there and was unable to coach against the Arrows in her first year as head coach last season.

“Last year I missed this meet when I was in the hospital after surgery,” she said. “It’s nice to see the girls that I coached in pee-wees there. Pipestone did awesome tonight. They’re a good team, they were cheering for us, we were cheering for them. So for us to hit our high at it, it was even better.”