The Ball State Cardinals gymnastics team held its first official home meet on Jan. 17 at Worthen Arena against Towson.
Coming into the match, Ball State was ranked 50th in the country, while Towson was 42nd. The underdog Cardinals were able to take down the Tigers with a final score of 194.100-192.550 for the team's first victory of the season.
After coming out of a 194.825-191.650 loss to Kentucky last week, Ball State came out strong against Towson.
The meet opened on vault, where the Cardinals snagged the top three overall scores and a total of 49.700.
Strong performances came from senior Denasiha Christian (9.800), sophomore Jordyn Penny (9.775) and junior Sarah Ebeyer (9.725).
The Cardinals then moved to the uneven bars, scoring 48.050 points behind Penny's 9.775, senior Katie Honarmand with a 9.700. The duo finished in second and third places respectively, while Towson's Tyra McKellar came in first with a 9.825.
After the first two events for each team, Ball State held a slight advantage over Towson, 96.750 to 95.975.
Ball State continued its momentum onto the balance beam, with a 48.575 overall. Christian finished on top with a 9.825, Penny followed in third place with a 9.750.
Holding a slight lead, the Cardinals moved onto the final event with the floor exercise.
Freshman Sydney Finke led off for the team, scoring 9.750 on the way to her second place finish which tied with Ebeyer.
Christian finished in first a 9.825 and another dominant performance.
The team's performance was enough to move past Towson for its first victory of the season.
The Cardinals travel to Illinois on Jan. 22 to take on Illinois State and Lindenwood.
Ball State will return home on Jan. 24 to face off against Illinois State and Eastern Michigan, for the team's first conference meet of the season.