No. 6 ASU Travels To No. 13 Arizona Friday

Jan. 27, 2003

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This Week --Sixth-ranked Arizona State continues its 28th season of women's gymnastics on the road on Friday, January 31, versus No. 13 Arizona at 7:30 p.m. at the McKale Center in Tucson. ASU holds a large lead in the all-time series with Arizona (29-5-1). Friday's meet marks the fourth ranked opponent in 2003 for the Sun Devils, as they faced No. 8 Stanford Jan. 3 at the Maui Invitational and No. 17 Washington Jan. 17, and No. 5 Utah last weekend. Rankings this week are based on total season average scores through Jan. 27, 2003. In a quirk of the rankings (season average scores), ASU was No. 3 last week and defeated No. 5 Utah. This week, ASU is ranked No. 6 while Utah is ranked No. 1.

ASU In The Rankings --Arizona State debuted at No. 15 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released January 2. ASU was No. 3 last week and 16th two weeks ago. This week, based upon season average scores, ASU is No. 6. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the crown with 752 overall votes and 20 first-place bids. ASU received 333 overall votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 7 Stanford (570), No. 10 Arizona (444) and No. 13 Oregon State (355). Washington (17th, 268) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams making the top-25. For a complete list of the current rankings see Page 2 of this release. For more information access http://www.troester.com/gym/.

ASU Hands No. 5 Utah Rare Home Loss, Spini's First Win At Salt Lake City --Arizona State gave 23rd-year head coach John Spini his first victory over the University of Utah in Salt Lake City last week, defeating the Utes 197.450-197.150 in front of 9,032 fans at the Huntsman Center. The loss marked the second home loss for Utah this year, which is only the second time that has happened in their 28-year history. It was ASU's first victory over Utah in Salt Lake City since 1976. The Sun Devils posted their third-highest team score ever en route to their fourth win of the young 2003 campaign. ASU has colected two of the top four highest team scores in ASU history this season (the other being a 197.300 vs. Washington 1/17). Senior Ashley Ellsberry hit all of her routines, scoring a career-best all-around score of 39.600. Teammate Maggie Germaine placed second in the all-around (39.575). Ellsberry's balance beam score of 9.950 won that event. Junior Carla DeMartini won the vault with a score of 9.925 while Germaine was second (9.875). Germaine placed third on the floor exercise (9.925) and Ellsberry placed second on bars (9.925) a career-high.

Two Weeks Ago, ASU Posted Third-Highest Team Score In School History --The Sun Devils opened the 2003 home season at Wells Fargo Arena versus Pac-10 foe No. 17 Washington and took first-place with a score of 197.300, the third-highest team score in school history. Washington posted a 194.150. Based upon its 197.300 team score, ASU is ranked No. 3 in the nation this week as rankings are based on high scores at this point of the campaign. Sun Devil junior Maggie Germaine scored a school record and career-high all-around total of 39.625, placing first. She also scored a career-high 9.90 on beam, tied a career-high on floor (9.95) and set a season-high on vault (9.9). Senior Ashley Ellsberry tied a career-high with a 9.925 on floor and set career highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875). Sophomore Kari Muth set a career-high on beam (9.9) and tied a career best on bars (9.9). Freshman Ashley Kelly, only in her second varsity meet, posted career highs in all four events: vault (9.875), bars (9.9), beam (9.95) and floor (9.825).

ASU's John Spini Looking For Home Win No. 150 --ASU head coach John Spini has 149 career victories at home, just one shy of No. 150. He will get that chance against top-ranked UCLA on Sunday, February 16 at 22 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

Super Frosh Debut --Freshman Ashley Kelly (York, Pa.) recorded a 38.975 all-around score in her college debut at the Maui Invitational (1/3), which was the highest all-around total at ASU since Elizabeth Reid's 39.300 at the NCAA Super Six, April 23, 1999 (representing a span of 45 months or 37 actual meets). Had it not been for a -0.1 point reduction on the floor exercise, Kelly would have posted a 39.075. Kelly's Maui Invite scores: 9.750 (vault); 9.825 (bars); 9.825 (beam); and 9.575 (floor). Kelly backed up that performance by setting four career-highs versus Washington: vault (9.875), bars (9.9), beam (9.95) and floor (9.825). Her all-around score was also a career-high (39.550). Kelly recorded her lowest all-around score last week versus Utah (38.900).

The Streak --For 25 straight regular season meets -- including four in 2001 -- no one could overcome ASU at Wells Fargo Arena. Not even No. 1 UCLA. In that span, the Sun Devils defeated 39 consecutive opponents dating back to 1996. However, in the 2001 season finale, ASU beat Iowa and Kentucky, but could not top No. 7 Nebraska, which shot to No. 4 in the rankings after turning back ASU for only the third time in the last 44 meets at Wells Fargo Arena. The dates of ASU's last five home losses are as follows: Stanford (1/25/02), Nebraska (3/16/01), Utah (2/2/96), Utah (2/11/94), Oregon State (2/7/92).

Ashley Ellsberry (Senior)Had a career meet versus Utah, posting a career-high 39.600 in winning the all-around competition ... won on beam (9.950, tied career-high) and placed second on bars (9.925, career-high) ... placed third on vault (9.850, career-high) ... set three career-highs against Washington 1/17 ... tied a career-high on floor (9.925, placed second) and set highs on vault (9.8) and bars (9.875, tied for fourth) ... the vault score was only her second performance ever in the event ... tied for second on beam ... posted a 39.500 all-around score vs. UW, which represented a career-best and tied for sixth-best at ASU all-time ... posted a 38.400 in the all-around competition at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) and placed seventh ... was inserted on vault and bars during pre-meet warmups when teammate Margaret Wojciak hyperextended her knee and could not compete ... she was not prepared for the change, but showed senior leadership in stepping in at the last moment ... that should help her confidence to get her into the vault permanently ... posted a 9.300 on vault, a 9.375 on bars, and a team-high 9.900 on beam and a 9.825 on floor at Maui ... the vault score was her first at ASU.

Cassidy Vreeke (Senior)Tied for third on vault at Utah (9.850) and tied for fourth on floor (.9.900) ... set season-highs on vault (9.9), beam (9.875) and floor (9.875) versus Washington ... tied for third on floor and tied for second on vault vs. UW ... finished third on vault at the Maui Invitational with a 9.800 ... posted a 9.850 on floor, which tied for third with teammate Maggie Germaine ... she has looked the best of her career on vault and floor ... needs confidence on beam ... recorded a score of 9.250 on beam.

Margaret Wojciak (Senior)Did not compete this year until last week at Utah ... returned to the bars lineup last week ... scored a 9.875 and tied for third with teammates Carla DeMartini and Maggie Germaine ... suffered a hyperextension of her right knee in pre-meet warmups at the Maui invitational (1/3/03) and did not compete ... had to scratch from the vault and uneven bars ... teammate Ashley Ellsberry took her place in those events ... coaches say she is important in the vault and then will add more events as the season progresses.

Jada Cox (Junior)Scored a 9.8 on vault at Utah to tie for eighth ... posted a 9.825 (season-high) on vault versus Washington (1/17/03) as an exhibition ... competed in one event at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) and posted a score of 9.600 on vault ... is one of the keys to the vault lineup ... the coaches expect her to step up.

Carla DeMartini (Junior)Best meet of the young season was at Utah last week ... won the vault competition, posting a score of 9.925 ... also scored 9.875 on bars (T-3rd) and 9.775 on floor (11th) ... scored a season-high 9.85 on vault versus Washington (1/17/03) ... posted a season-high 9.775 on floor in that same meet ... competed in three events at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) ... posted scores of 9.700 (vault), 9.700 (bars) and 9.650 on floor ... has been training well on bars and is a solid performer on floor.

Maggie Germaine (Junior)Had a spectacular performance at Utah, placing third in the all-around (39.575) ... placed second on vault (9.875) and third on floor (9.925) ... placed third on beam (9.900), tying a career-high ... tied for third on bars (9.875) ... won the all-around competition versus Washington (1/17/03) with a career-high score of 39.625 ... that all-around score is the best-ever in ASU history, eclipsing the previous best of Laura Moon (39.600 on 3/9/01) ... scored career-highs on bars (9.875, tied for fourth), beam (9.90, tied for second) and floor (9.95, first) in that meet ... her vault score of 9.9 tied for second ... she was nominated for Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast Of The Week (for 1/20/03) ... competed in three events in the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) ... scored a 9.800 on uneven bars, which tied her for third at the meet ... posted a 9.850 on floor, tying for third-place with teammate Cassidy Vreeke ... falls led to a 9.300 on beam ... has been training well overall.

Amber Giorgianni (Junior)Placed seventh on bars at Utah (9.850) ... scored a 9.075 (fall) on beam at Utah ... competed on beam (9.85, season-high) and bars (9.125, fall) against Washington (1/17/03) ... competed in two events at the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) ... scored 9.650 on beam and 9.725 on bars ... the 9.725 on bars was an ASU career best (previous best being 9.200 in a 2002 exhibition performance) ... Amber has done a great job of starting ASU on bars ... also steady on beam.

Trisha Dixon (Sophomore)Will miss a portion of the 2003 season while rehabilitating her back ... suffers from a chronic back problem ... the coaching staff had high hopes for Dixon in 2003.

Kari Muth (Sophomore)Scored 9.875 on beam (T-4th) and 9.800 on floor (T-9th) at Utah ... won the event and tied a career-high on bars (9.9) and set a career-high on beam (9.9, tied for second) versus Washington (1/17/03) ... also scored a 9.325 on floor after suf-fering one fall ... participated in three events in the Maui Invitational (1/3/03) ... scored a 9.825 on the balance beam ... turned in a 9.750 on bars and after a fall, posted a 9.150 on the floor exercise ... needs confidence on floor.

Ashley Kelly (Freshman)Scored well at Utah (9.875 on beam; 9.825 on floor and vault and 9.375 on bars) ... tied for fourth on beam and placed fifth in the all-around (38.900) ... improved from her spectacular debut in the Washington (1/17/03) meet, establishing career-highs in all four events: vault (9.875, sixth), bars (9.9, tied for first), beam (9.95, first) and floor (9.825, fifth) ... her 39.550 all-around score was her career-best and placed her second behind teammate Maggiemarvelous college debut at the Maui Invitational (1/3) ... recorded a 38.975 all-around score, which was the highest all-around total since Elizabeth Reid's 39.300 at the NCAA Super Six, April 23, 1999 (a span of 45 months or 37 actual meets) ... will only get better throughout the season ... will prove to be a great leader.

Lauren Powell (Freshman)Will miss the entire 2003 season while rehabilitating a dislocated elbow.

Shaena Friedman (Freshman)Did not compete at Utah ... scored a career-high on vault (9.7) versus Washington (1/17/03) ... competed in one event, the vault, at the Maui Invitational (1/3) ... recorded a 9.175 in that meet after a fall ... the coaches hope she will step up and start the vault lineup.

Sarah Zigler (Freshman)Walk-on who has not competed thus far in 2003.

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