Women's Gymnastics Falls To No. 14 Stanford, 195.775-195.450

Jan. 25, 2002

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Held back by three falls on balance beam, Arizona State's women's gymnastics team came up short against No. 14 Stanford, 195.775-195.450 in front of 1,320 fans at Wells Fargo Arena, Friday.

Enduring only their fifth regular season home loss since 1992, the Sun Devils fell to 1-2 despite their season-high team total, while Stanford improved to 2-1.

The Sun Devils got off to a strong start on vault and uneven bars and led Stanford by 2.75 tenths, 98.100-97.825 after the first two rotations. But three falls on balance beam set back ASU, holding them to a night-low 48.100. Meanwhile, Stanford scored 48.725 on floor exercise to move into a 146.550-146.200 lead going into the final rotation.

ASU closed out the night with a season-best 49.250 on floor, but the Cardinal hit six-for-six on balance beam, scoring no worse than a 9.75, to protect their win.

'We gave a good effort tonight and we got a good score, but you just can't come into your home arena and hit 20-for-24 sets and have three of the falls on one event,' ASU head coach John Spini said. 'But we do have some things to feel good about. That score gets us back on our feet and gives us some momentum going into Cal.'

Margaret Wojciak gave ASU a strong start to the night with a season-high 9.8 effort on vault. Freshman Nicole Gause followed with a 9.8 and Maggie Germaine added a 9.85, while sophomore Jada Cox earned the highest score of the night on vault with a career-best 9.9.

On bars, Wojciak followed a fall by Carla DeMartini with a career-best-tying 9.9, and Germaine and freshman Kari Muth went for 9.875s.

Beam started with a pair of falls by freshman Trisha Dixon and Germaine and ended with a fall by Rhonda Robinette, but the Sun Devils were strong in the center behind Cassidy Vreeke (9.875), Ashley Ellsberry (9.9) and Kari Muth (9.775).

Each earning season-bests, Ellsberry and Germaine tallied 9.9s on floor, with Vreeke right behind at 9.875.

Stanford's standouts included Kendall Beck, who went 9.9 on vault before leading off on beam with a 9.825, and Caroline Fluhrer, who won the all-around with a total of 39.175.

The Sun Devils hit the road next weekend when they face Pac-10 foe California, Sunday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m. PST in Berkeley, Calif.

Final Team Scores:
Stanford -- 195.775 (vault 48.800, bars 49.025, beam 49.225, floor 48.725)
Arizona State -- 195.450 (vault 49.075, bars 49.025, beam 48.100, floor 48.725)

ASU Scores (in order of competition):
Vault (49.075) -- Wojciak 9.8, Vreeke 9.725, Gause 9.8, Dixon 9.675, Cox 9.9, Germaine 9.85
Bars (49.025) -- Dixon 9.6, DeMartini 9.1, Wojciak 9.9, Robinette 9.775, Germaine 9.875, Muth 9.875
Beam (48.100) -- Dixon 9.25, Germaine 9.3, Vreeke 9.8, Ellsberry 9.9, Muth 9.775, Robinette 9.325
Floor (48.725) -- DeMartini 9.8, Muth 9.6, Vreeke 9.875, Ellsberry 9.9, Germaine 9.9, Wojciak 9.775

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