Gymnastics Returns Home Friday to Face Denver

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Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the nation on the balance beam

Feb. 5, 2009

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After a long stretch on the road that encompassed three of the its first four meets this season, the No. 9 ranked Alabama Gymnastics team finally returns home to Coleman Coliseum Friday to face No. 19 Denver starting at 7:30 p.m.

"We're glad to be home and competing in front of our fans again," Alabama head coach Sarah Patterson said. "We've gotten better each week despite having to battle through some adversity and I can think of nothing better for our ladies at this point than to be back in Coleman Coliseum."

The Crimson Tide is offering a family ticket pack that includes four tickets, four hotdogs and four drinks for just $20 for Friday's meet which is "Family Night". There will also be several giveaways geared toward families during the meet, including movie passes, packages that include dinner for four at the Cypress Inn and tickets to various Alabama athletic events as well as tickets to the upcoming Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy and the Playhouse Disney Live at the BJCC.

"We've always tried to make Alabama Gymnastics affordable family fun," Patterson said. "And this Friday, a family of four can come to the meet, get a hot dog and a drink all for $20 and I think that's a great deal."

Fans will also get to see two teams that are hitting their stride as the season rolls into its second month. Alabama and Denver are both coming off season-high scores with the Tide posting a 196.525 at Arkansas last Friday while Denver scored a 195.3 in its home quad meet last weekend.

The Pioneer's Jessica Lopez is the nation's second ranked all-arounder after scoring a 39.5 last weekend. Alabama junior Ricki Lebegern, ranked 13th nationally, scored a season-high 39.3 at Arkansas while junior Morgan Dennis scored a season-high 39.4 at Georgia.

Tickets for Friday's meet are available through the Alabama Ticket Office (205.348.2262) located in the lobby of Coleman Coliseum, and online at by clicking here.