The Ball State gymnastics team will travel to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday where they will compete against Iowa. They were defeated in their previous meet against Florida. The loss did little to derail the team’s confidence.

Head coach Nadalie Walsh believes that the meet against Iowa, a Big Ten school, is a “toss up.”

“I was really impressed with how my athletes handled the arena at Florida, and how they handled the competition, and just how they handled themselves,” Walsh said.

The team had solid performances from their veterans. Senior Brittney Emmons competed for the first time since being injured a year ago.  Emmons is optimistic about her ability to continue on the path to full-strength as the season continues.

The team received great scores from its young players as well. Denasiha Christian led the team in scoring in both the floor and the vault.

“She’s just a really good athlete, and a great competitor,” Walsh said of the freshman.

Her potential is what has the coaching staff the most excited. Walsh believes that her scores will continue to rise as she gains experience.

The team will take their mix of young talent and veteran leadership into Iowa with their heads held high. Walsh believes that if the team exhibits the same mentality they did against Florida, they have a great chance to walk away with a victory.