Bears Wrap up Regular Season at Home against Ball State

March 9, 2004

Berkeley, Calif. -

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THIS WEEK: Friday, Mar. 12 Ball State

Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. 7:30 p.m.

WHAT'S ON TAP: California (8-6, 2-4 Pac-10) holds its final home meet of the season this Friday, Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. when Ball State visits Haas Pavilion. Performing for the final time in front of the home faithful, Stephanie Kim and Karissa Chock will be honored on senior night. With Pac-10 Championships looming Mar. 20, it will be important for the Bears to generate some momentum before facing off against some of the toughest teams in the country.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Ball State, ranked 50th in the nation, is coming off its best performance all season. The Cardinals scored a 193.900 but lost to Kentucky's 195.000. Jessica Surridge and Courtney Vojtasek tied for third in the all around at 38.975. Cal has never lost to Ball State in two meetings between the two schools.

LAST FRIDAY AT THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM: Cal rebounded in a big way after a mediocre performance at Boise State, to defeat a tough Utah State squad, 195.825-195.350. The Bears may be rounding into form at just the right time. Their score was the second highest on the season and they set a new California record on beam. Statistically, Cal's weakest event this season, the Golden Bears notched a 49.300 on beam, eclipsing the 49.250 set last season against Arizona. Monique Chang won both the vault and bars with 9.875's and Chock, My-Lan Dodd and Miho Maeda tied for first on beam with 9.875's.

WELCOME BACK BRITANI: Cari DuBois' team is at full strength again, as it welcomed back Britani Pittullo to the fold. Pitullo was injured in the Bears' opening meet against Cal State Fullerton. She returned to competition on the beam (9.700) Feb. 27 at Boise State and was part of the Bears' record setting performance on beam (9.825) Mar. 6 at Utah State. The 5-2 sophomore also competed on vault (9.750) and bars (9.825) at Utah State. An all-arounder last season, Pittulo should give the Bears a boost heading into the home stretch.

THREE'S NO CROWD IN THE ALL-AROUND: This season, junior Dodd is the only Bears' gymnast to perform in the all-around at every meet. Senior co-captains Kim and Chock have only missed one meet apiece. Last season, Cal did not have a single gymnast compete in the all-around at every meet. Dodd was the closest, missing only one performance in 2003. Dodd leads the group of all-arounders in 2004, averaging a 39.119, followed by Kim, who averages 38.703, and Chock, who averages a 38.612. Maeda is the only other Cal gymnast to compete in the all-around this season.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS: With a new record on the beam (49.300) set against Utah State, Mar. 6, the Golden Bears have now established two team records this season. During Cal's visit to Stanford, Feb. 20, the Bears' 49.425 on floor set their first team record of the season, breaking the old mark of 49.375, set at Pac-10 Championships in 2001. But that wasn't the only Top 5 California performance set against the Cardinal. Individually, Chang's 9.925 on bars tied for the third best score of all-time. Dodd tallied a 9.925 on beam, which tied for the second best score of all-time and was only behind the 9.950 she set last season. Kim's dynamite floor routine, notching her a 9.950, tied her with Dodd and Chang, among others, as the California record holders in that discipline. Speaking of Dodd, she continues to add to her list of California records. Her 39.450 all-around on Feb. 13 set a new standard as the fifth best all-around score in California history (she holds all of the top five). Dodd's masterful floor exercise on Jan. 23, placed her deeper into the Cal annals. With her 9.950, she is now tied for or holds the best score for every discipline except bars. Lauren Shipp has tied a California record as well on the vault. Her 9.950 on Jan. 30 tied her with Dodd and Chang, among others.

IN THE POLLS: After checking in at No. 21 in the first preseason poll, the Bears find themselves at No. 30 after nine weeks of competition. Cal has excelled on the uneven bars this season - a RQS (Regional Qualifying Score) of 49.090 places the Bears as the 17h-ranked team in that discipline. Vault is another Cal forte - with an RQS of 48.890, the Bears are ranked 29th in that event.

INDIVIDIAL RANKINGS: Dodd, who has a RQS of 39.230 over nine meets, has been steady throughout the season. She is ranked No. 43 nationally in the all-around. Chang has been solid on the uneven bars. With an RQS of 9.865, she is ranked No. 44 in the nation.

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