The Sooners captured first in the floor exercise and vault routine, their third and sixth rotations, in an attempt to come back from its fourth-place finish on the parallel bars and third-place finish on the high bar.
The Wolverines, though, finished first on the pommel horse, vault and parallel bars to create a four-point lead after the fourth event that was too much to overcome.
“We did everything we could to close the gap from last year and hopefully take away their chance of a national championship at home,” Williams said. “But they were just too good.”
Momentum was tough to find in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Crisler Center.
“It was the loudest (crowd) I’ve heard all year,” Berardini said. “But it didn’t impact us. The noise only helped us, I think. We really enjoyed a crowd to perform for.”
Added Williams: “In the practices, we were trying to work ways to distract each other so they blocked everything out and did their job.”