Jan. 11, 2007
AUBURN - The No. 20 Auburn gymnastics team will open up the home portion of its 2007 schedule against NC State at 7 p.m. on Friday at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The Tigers, who have won three straight over NC State, hold a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series after taking a 193.400-193.325 decision over the Wolfpack at last season's Hearts Invitational in Raleigh. Auburn is 2-1 this season after placing second in the Cancun Classic, while this will mark NC State's first meet of the year.
This marks the opening meet of the 2007 season for NC State, who is coming off a 23-8 season in 2006 that featured a second place finish in the Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League and a fifth place finish at NCAA Southeast Regional. The Wolfpack is led by junior Leigha Hancock, who tied for first at the regional last season on floor and advanced to the NCAA Championships.
The last time NC State visited Auburn was January 31, 2003, when AU defeated the Wolfpack, 194.375-193.825.
There's No Place Like Home
Auburn has won five of its last six home openers and five of seven under Jeff Thompson. Dating back to prior to the 1986 season, the Tigers have not lost a non-conference meet at home to start the season. Under coach Thompson, the Tigers are 19-1 at home in all non-conference meets, with the only loss coming in 2001 when the Tigers fell to Minnesota, 194.850-192.525.
Friday will be Club Teams Night & Tigers Kids Club Night, and the first 500 fans will receive a Mini Glitter Lamp. Gymnastics club team members receive free admission, when pre-registered, and Kid's Club Members will receive one free Adult Admission with Kid's Club Card.