No. 12 Arizona Gymnastics Battles Intrastate Rival No. 15 Arizona State
Feb. 25, 2002
What's Coming Up - The No. 12 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (8-3, 3-2 Pac-10) travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take on No. 15 Arizona State (5-5-1, 1-3-1 Pac-10) Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. (MST) in the Wells Fargo Arena. Last season, the Wildcats fell to the Sun Devils on March 2, 2001, 197.450- 196.900, in McKale Center. Both Arizona (196.900) and Arizona State (197.450) set all-time record marks in last year's meet. The last time the Wildcats defeated Arizona State in Tempe, was March 14, 1987, 186.50- 186.00. Arizona is coming off its third Pac-10 win of the season, as the Cats defeated the Washington Huskies, 195.550- 193.225, on Feb. 22, in McKale Center.
Last Time Out - The No. 12 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team grabbed its third Pac-10 victory of the year by defeating the Washington Huskies, 195.550- 193.225, on Feb. 22, in front of a crowd of 905 in McKale Center. The Wildcats posted their third-highest team mark of the season (195.550) to remain undefeated at home.
Arizona won its seventh team vault title of the season, posting a new team record of 49.400 in the event. The Wildcats earned their fifth team floor title of the year, tying a team record mark of 49.475 and took top team honors on beam (48.050). Five Wildcat gymnasts - Nikki Beyschau, Monica Bisordi, Lindsay Compitello, Randi Liljenquist and Jamie Schell - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in last Friday's meet.
Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist finished first on beam (9.825), first on floor with a season-high 9.975 and placed second in the all-around (39.050). Liljenquist, sophomore Andi McCabe and freshman Jamie Schell shared top honors on vault (9.900). Liljenquist and Schell posted career highs on vault. Schell also tied for fourth place on floor (9.850)
Freshman Monica Bisordi won her second career all-around title with a score of 39.100. Bisordi placed third on floor (9.875), fourth on vault (9.875) and fifth on bars with a career-high 9.775. Junior Nikki Beyschau tied for second on bars with a season-high 9.825. Freshman Katie Johnson finished second on floor (9.950) and second on beam (9.775), while sophomore Sheehan Lemley placed fifth on beam (9.625).
Scouting Arizona State - The No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils enter Friday's meet with a 5-5-1 overall record and a 1-3-1 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference. This season, the Sun Devils rank fourth in the South Central Region behind the Wildcats, and the team's season-high total for the year is a 195.800. The Sun Devils rank No. 18 nationally on vault and No. 10 on bars. Arizona State has posted victories over Utah State, California, Southern Utah, Cal State Fullerton and Ohio State, and tied No. 16 Oregon State. The Sun Devils have recorded losses to No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, Washington and West Virginia. Arizona State owns an 0-4 record versus ranked opponents this season. The Sun Devils have four freshman newcomers and eight returning letterwinners, including two All-Americans. Head Coach John Spini (Arizona State, 1976) is in his 22nd year at the helm of the Arizona State program and has a school and career record of 276-100-2.
Wildcats in the Rankings - Arizona began the 2002 season ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches' poll. After posting a score of 195.550 against Washington (Feb. 22), the Cats remain the No. 12-ranked team in the nation. Arizona remains third in the South Central Region behind No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 1 Nebraska. Arizona is the No. 2 team in the nation on vault, No. 19 on bars, No. 23 on beam and tied for No. 9 on floor with Iowa State. Individually for the Wildcats, senior Randi Liljenquist is ranked No. 5 in the nation on floor, No. 8 in the all-around, No. 11 on beam and No. 15 on vault. Freshman Katie Johnson is No. 4 in the nation on floor, and sophomore Andi McCabe is No. 5 on vault. Freshman Monica Bisordi No. 20 nationally on vault.
Home Sweet Home - Arizona is perfect so far at home this year, owning a 5-0 record in McKale Center. The Cats have tallied victories over Brown, Boise State, No. 6 UCLA, California and Washington. Arizona is 0-3 away from McKale Center and 3-0 at neutral sites. Arizona has one remaining home meet this season, a quadrangular meet against No. 11 Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Washington on March 14.
Changing the Record Book - Arizona has posted a top-10 individual or team mark in each meet this season. Friday against Washington, the Wildcats set a new team record on vault with a score of 49.400 and tied the all-time team record of 49.475 on floor. Arizona has posted 15 new top-10 team marks this season. Five Wildcat gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson, Randi Liljenquist and Andi McCabe - have set or tied top-10 individual marks for Arizona this season.
Bill Ryden's Weekly Analysis - 'Arizona State is a very good team. We will have to be at the top of our game on Friday to be successful on the road. Our goal against ASU is to walk out of the meet without counting a bad routine. We still need to improve on bars and beam, especially after Friday's meet against Washington. I expect both teams to come and compete very well.'
A Look Ahead - Arizona travels to Norman, Okla., to take on the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. (CST).