It was close, but the Michigan women’s gymnastics team got the job done.

In their season opener, the Wolverines defeated host West Virginia, 194.850-194.800. James Madison University finished in a distant third (182.475).

Though many of its top competitors were struggling with injuries, Michigan held a .550 lead going into the final rotation.

While the Wolverines faltered on the vault, West Virginia hit its peak during its floor exercise rotation.

But the home crowd couldn’t do enough and the Mountaineers fell short in their comeback bid.

Junior Katie Lieberman’s 9.875 on Michigan’s final vault proved to be the crucial score to hold on for victory.

Junior Nellie Kippley was Michigan’s top all-around performer, finishing second with 39.100

Senior Lindsey Bruck won Michigan’s only apparatus with 9.900 on the uneven parallel bars.

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