No. 12 Women's Gym Travels to No. 14 Oregon St.
Jan. 22, 2001
BERKELEY - A QUICK LOOK AT CAL: The Bears concluded a successful weekend placing first and second place in a span of just two days. Cal won the inaugural Silicon Valley Gymnastics Classic with a score of 194.400 edging out Oklahoma (194.025) who came in second place and San Jose State (191.975) and Arizona (190.775) who finished third and fourth. Last Sunday, the Bears came back to the cozy confines of Haas Pavilion to host two of the three teams that it faced last Friday. Oklahoma and Arizona were joined by Utah State in Cal's first home meet of the season. The results weren't as favorable for the Bears on Sunday as the Sooners returned the favor and squeaked past Cal 195.300-195.175.
RANKED BEARS SHOW CONSISTENCY: The Bears faced the daunting task of going up against No. 13 Oklahoma and Pac-10 foe Arizona in two consecutive meets. After jumping up to No. 24 last week in the national poll, Cal needed a good showing this weekend to maintain a spot in the rankings. The Bears came through as they came close to beating a nationally respected team twice in one weekend. For its consistency, Cal jumped up 12 spots in the rankings this week to No. 12 right behind OU and Stanford.
HEAD COACH EXPECTS MORE FROM SQUAD: Cal's women's gymnastics program has never seen its squad break the 196-point barrier since its inception in 1974. But head coach Trina Tinti envisions this year's team breaking the long elusive 196 score. 'More then anything, I know that we're a 196-plus team,' she said. 'We haven't got a 196-team (yet), but if we would have done what we were capable of today (against OU), we would have gotten a 196.'
THE PAC A STRONGHOLD IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Bears will face some of the toughest teams in the nation this season and they won't have to travel too far to find them. They're all on the West Coast. Out of the seven teams in the Pac-10 conference, five are in the Top 25 with only Arizona and Washington excluded from this elite group. No.1 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 12 Cal, No. 14 Oregon St. and No. 25 Arizona St. are ranked this week.
THE COACHES: Head Coach Trina Tinti is in her fourth season with the Golden Bears and has a 25-36 career record. Prior to coming to Cal, Tinti was the assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Minnesota for five years. Joining the Cal staff for his third season with the Bears is Pete Doyle, who for five seasons was an assistant at George Washington University. Former Cal gymnast Jennifer Bialosky is in her third year on Tinti's staff first year as an assistant coach.
UP NEXT: Cal faces a tough challenge in going up against No. 14 OSU Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore. The Beavers lead the all-time series 23-1