Lindsay Gerber, CMUChippewas.com
DeKALB, Ill. - The Central Michigan gymnastics team has consistently proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the Mid-American Conference.
The Chippewas added another piece of evidence on Sunday as it improved to 4-0, 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference with a 195.650-194.950 victory over Northern Illinois at the Huskies' Convocation Center.
It was the 19th-ranked Chippewas' second road meet -- the first being at Eastern Michigan two weeks ago. CMU won that meet, scoring 194.525.
"I was very pleased with the composure our team had," CMU coach Jerry Reighard said. "It's the second road meet. At Eastern Michigan, we certainly didn't have the type of competitive composure we had today."
Despite losing Macey Hilliker to injury last week in a home win over Western Michigan, CMU adjusted and posted a 49.025 on floor, it highest score of Sunday's meet.
CMU's Katy Clements posted a 9.900 to win the floor, while sophomore Denelle Pedrick tied her season high (9.875) to place second.
"We had a completely different lineup on floor, partially because of Macey, who we definitely missed," Reighard said. "The team was somewhat unnerved in the middle of the week because we had some competitors missing. How many teams can you have with three missing and still have a complete lineup? The results really empowered the team to know they can overcome adversities."
Clements, a senior, continued to lead CMU as she shared the top spot on the balance beam, matching her season high with a 9.900. NIU's Ashley Potts tied Clements for first.
Pedrick won the vault with a career-best 9.925 as every Chippewa who participated in the event scored a 9.700 or higher. Clements (9.800) was second. CMU posted a 48.925 against NIU's 48.400.
Pedick finished with an all-around score of 38.650. Potts won the all-around (39.350).
NIU's Katherine Prentice won the uneven bars with a 9.900. Gianna Plaksa (9.850) was the top Chippewa, placing third.
The Chippewas step away from MAC competition for its next two meets, the first of which is scheduled for Friday (7 p.m.) at McGuirk Arena against Southern Utah, and the second of which is at Illinois State on Feb. 9 (8 p.m.).
"This is a pride week," Reighard said. "We have two nonconference weekends. I asked the team, `What do you want to achieve?' This has nothing to do with a MAC championship, but everything to do with personal and team pride.
"First, we want to improve our national standing and second, show each other that we can continue to get better. Those are the two focuses."
Northern Illinois is 1-6, 0-2 MAC.