The Arizona gymnastics team looked calm, focused and motivated as it attempted to redeem itselves from a flawed meet last week.
The Wildcats bested the No. 14 Boise State Broncos in a back-and-forth meet that the Wildcats won by 0.975 points.
""The team has a lot of pride, and they knew they didn't perform up to expectations,"" said head coach Bill Ryden. ""It was almost like the excitement of the first meet is over and now it is business. They approached this like it was a business trip.""
The gymcats struggled last weekend against ASU and were looking to make amends for their falls this week.
""They didn't feel like, and I didn't feel like, we really represented ourselves last week,"" Ryden said. ""We wanted to show our fans what we were capable of.""
Miranda Russell was one member who really didn't show the home fans what she was capable of last week. Russell had two hard falls during her vault and floor routine against the Sun Devils. Against the Broncos, however, Russell scored a 9.825 on the vault and bar events and posted a 9.850 during the floor event.
""Well, I feel like it's a step in the right direction. (I) redeemed myself a little bit, but there are still some things to improve,"" Russell said. ""I think that we came together tonight as a team more than we have done in awhile. Everyone was excited and we really just did what we were supposed to do.""
The final score was not the only thing improved from last week. The entire team's demeanor changed. Coming out last week in front of the first home crowd of the season, the anxiousness could be seen on the gymcats' faces, and it showed during their routines.
""They finally got those nerves out,"" said assistant coach Randi Acosta. ""There's still a little bit (of nerves) on beam but they really are pushing through and fighting through everything.""
Arizona knows it still has a lot of work to do to get to where it wants to be. The gymcats struggled during the beam event when a lot of the Wildcats wobbled during their routines.
""We all have things that we need to improve on,"" Russell said. ""We know that this was just a mediocre night. It wasn't our best. I'm kind of excited about that.""