Gym Dogs prepare for quick turnaround to host Stanford

Georgia won’t get much time to savor its first home win of the season.

The No. 8-ranked Gym Dogs have a quick turnaround as they face No. 12-ranked Stanford in a Martin Luther King holiday matinee.

“After tonight (Friday), as soon as I landed, I was ready to go again,” Georgia sophomore Chelsea Davis said. “I’m just glad we get to improve on the little things that we made mistakes on and get a chance to do it again so quickly.”

Georgia (2-1) beat Auburn 196.050-195.5 on Friday for its first home win of the season. The Gym Dogs meet Stanford at 2 p.m. on Monday in their second nonconference meet.

“It’s all about keeping our energy up,” Georgia sophomore Sarah Persinger said. “We’re on such an emotional high right now. I know that’s going to carry right into Monday. We’re going to have two days to kind of recover and prepare our bodies. We need to talk out the little mistakes that we need to fix and just bring it back out and blow it back up on Monday.”

Georgia had an uneven performance against Auburn. Davis set the highest score by a Gym Dog on any event with a 9.95 on uneven parallel bars. Persinger set a career high with a 9.9 on floor exercise. But Georgia also had to count a 9.275 by Brittany Rogers on balance beam because of a major continuity error and a 9.5 by Cat Hires on floor exercise after she went out of bounds.

“I honestly don’t think it’s going to be that hard of a transition,” Georgia coach Danna Durante said. “Friday was good and we’re going to have two days to get even better. They have tomorrow (Saturday) off. We’re going to shake off the cobwebs a little bit on Sunday and not really do a whole lot.

“We’ll get them in to stretch on Sunday and I really expect them to be ready to go on Monday do even better because we get an immediate chance to fix what wasn’t right tonight.”

Because of the short span between meets, Georgia will have to work on flaws in competition rather than practice.

“I actually think it’s exciting because it’s literally going from one meet to the next time you’re really working out is another meet,” Georgia senior Shayla Worley said. “It really gives you an opportunity to fix those mistakes. So many times when you make a mistake on an event, you get off and you know that if you went again right now, you’d hit it 100 percent. It’s amazing this confidence you get after you make a mistake, how sure you are that you’re going to do it right this time. I think having a meet right away is a good way to show that you have 100 percent confidence that I’m going to do it right.”

A CLOSER LOOK

Stanford at Georgia

WHEN: 2 p.m. on Monday.

WHERE: Stegeman Coliseum

WEBCAST: georgiadogs.com

TV: None.

RECORDS: Georgia is 2-1; Stanford is 6-0.

RANKINGS: Georgia is No. 8, Stanford is No. 12.

ATHLETES TO WATCH:

Georgia: Shayla Worley is tied for fifth in the nation on balance beam with a 9.9 average. … Chelsea Davis tied a career high with a 9.95 on uneven parallel bars on Friday. … Sarah Persinger tied a career high with a 9.9 on floor exercise against Auburn.

Stanford: Kristina Vaculik was on Canada’s 2012 Olympic team and was a teammate of the Gym Dogs’ Brittany Rogers. … Ivana Hong set a personal best with a 9.9 on bars on Jan. 12. … Ashley Morgan totaled 39.125 points in Stanford’s quadrangular meet on Jan. 12.

SERIES RECORD: Georgia leads 18-1-1 and leads 5-0 in dual meets.

LAST MEETING: Georgia won 195.15-195.05 in the 2010 season opener at Stegeman Coliseum.

SEASON at a GLANCE: Georgia has won two straight SEC meets and comes off of a 196.0600195.5 victory against Auburn on Friday. Stanford has finished first in two quadrangulars to start the season. The Cardinal scored 196.025 points to beat Arizona, Illinois and San Jose State on Jan. 12.

NOTEWORTHY: This will be the second of two duals during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Georgia has had two days off since beating Auburn on Friday. … Stanford traveled to a quadrangular at Arizona on Jan. 12 and has had a week off before today’s dual. … Chelsea Davis’ 9.95 on bars on Friday is Georgia’s highest score on any event this season. … Christa Tanella tied career highs with 9.875 on bars and floor on Friday. … Noel Couch has missed the first three meets with an injured thumb and is questionable today. … The last time Georgia faced Stanford in a dual was the first meet of the current seniors Gym Dog careers. It was also Jay Clark’s first meet as head coach. … First-year Georgia coach Danna Durante spent last season as the head coach at Stanford’s No. 1 rival California. … Stanford senior Ashley Morgan is the daughter of the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan. … About half of Stanford’s team was slowed by the flu on Saturday. Stanford’s Ivana Hong is from Allen, Texas and trained with Georgia’s Christa Tanella and Kati Breazeal at WOGA.

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