No. 9 Arizona Gymnastics Battles California on Friday
Feb. 4, 2002
What's Coming Up - The No. 9 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (6-2, 1-1 Pac-10) returns home to take on California (3-2, 1-2 Pac-10) Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. (MST). Last season, the Wildcats were swept by the Golden Bears in two meets during the regular season. Arizona takes the floor for the third straight meet against a Pac-10 opponent. The last time Arizona defeated California during the regular season was on Feb. 4, 2000, (194.225- 193.225) in McKale Center. The Wildcats are coming off their first Pac-10 defeat of the season, as Arizona fell at No. 7 Stanford, 197.250-195.175, on Friday, Feb. 1, in Palo Alto, Calif.
Last Time Out - The No. 7 Arizona women's gymnastics team fell to No. 12 Stanford, 197.250- 195.175, on Friday, Feb. 1, at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion.
Arizona took the team vault title for the fifth-straight meet, setting a new team record with a score of 49.375. The Wildcats also posted a season-high 49.275 on bars, which ranks as the eighth-best score in team history. Arizona led the Cardinal after two events, but encountered some problems on beam and floor.
Eight Wildcat gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Monica Bisordi, Jamie Duce, Stevie Fanning, Nicci Filchner, Katie Johnson, Randi Liljenquist and Andi McCabe - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in Friday's meet.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist scored a 39.300 to win her third all-round title of the year. Liljenquist tied for first place on floor (9.925), second place on bars (9.900) and second place on beam (9.900). Freshman Katie Johnson shared top-honors with Liljenquist (9.925) to claim her third floor title of the season.
Sophomore Andi McCabe posted a career-high 9.975 on vault to win her second vault title of the year. McCabe's score on vault (9.975) ranks as the second-best mark in school history. Freshman Monica Bisordi debuted in the all-around, finishing third with a score of 38.975. Bisordi finished second on vault with a career-high 9.925, tied for second on beam with a career-high 9.900 and tied for third (9.900) in her first collegiate floor performance. Freshmen Jamie Duce and Stevie Fanning each set career-highs on bars (9.875), tying for fourth place in the event.
Scouting California - The California Golden Bears enter Friday's meet with a 3-2 overall record and a 1-2 mark in the Pac-10 Conference. This season, the Golden Bears rank No. 5 in the West Region and the team's season-high total for the year is 193.925. California has posted victories over Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton and Seattle Pacific University. The Golden Bears recorded losses against Pac-10 rivals Washington and No. 17 Arizona State. California have six freshmen and return seven letterwinners from last year's squad. Head Coach Trina Tinti (UCLA, 1988) is in her fifth year at the helm of the California program and has a school and career record of 45-57.
Wildcats in the Rankings - Arizona began the 2002 season ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches poll. After posting a 195.175 against No. 7 Stanford (Feb. 1), the Cats slid two spots to a No. 9 national ranking this week. Arizona remains third in the South Central Region behind No. 2 Nebraska and No. 1 Oklahoma. As a team, Arizona remains the No. 1 team in the nation on vault, No. 9 on floor, No. 13 on bars and No. 19 on beam. Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist is ranked No. 25 nationally in the all-around and No. 7 on floor. Freshman Katie Johnson is ranked No. 5 on floor, and sophomore Andi McCabe is No. 5 on vault. Freshman Monica Bisordi is ranked No. 12 in the nation on floor and No. 13 on vault.
Bill Ryden's Weekly Analysis - 'Our meet against Stanford was a tough loss. As a team, we need to learn from our performance, regroup and put together a better effort against Cal. Cal is a very good program who swept us during the regular season last year. Hopefully they (Cal) have a solid meet against us because it will force us to step up and perform at our best. Being at home this week should help us regroup. It is always hard to compete on the road.'
'Our team is still young and we are still trying to find where we are in certain spots. I am very happy with the team's progress so far, and I feel confident that we will continue to progress in the right direction. I know that we will work hard and be our best at the end of the season when it really counts.'
'I really appreciate the support our men's basketball team gave us at the Stanford meet. It showed a lot of class on their part to show up and support us on the road.'
A Look Ahead - Arizona will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the Oregon State Beavers on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. (PST).