Gymnasts Play Host To No. 1 UCLA Friday At Wells Fargo Arena

Jan. 24, 2005

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This Week --No. 17 Arizona State University will put its 3-2 record on the line this Friday, January 28, at Wells Fargo Arena versus top-ranked UCLA at 7:30 p.m. The Sun Devils, ranked No. 17 in this week's poll (based upon team score), are coached by veteran mentor John Spini, who is in his 25th season at ASU. He is ASU's longest-tenured head coach, tying former men's basketball coach Ned Wulk (25) and men's gymnastics coach Don Robinson (25) for third on the all-time Sun Devil list. The Sun Devils feature one senior in Mesa, Ariz. product Kari Muth, defending national balance beam champion Ashley Kelly (Jr., York, Pa.) and junior Lauren Powell (Feeding Hills, Mass.). UCLA holds a 50-30 overall won-loss record against ASU, including a 19-16 edge in regular-season meets. The Sun Devils have a 11-6 record versus the Bruins in Tempe and a 4-12 mark in Los Angeles. UCLA has won three straight regular-season meets versus ASU. Last year, UCLA beat ASU on three occasions (in a regular-season meeting, at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships and at the NCAA Championships).

ASU In The Rankings --ASU debuted at No. 9 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released Jan. 3. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the NCAA crown with 608 votes and 15 first-place bids. ASU received 387 votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 3 Stanford (554), No. 12 Oregon State (280) and No. 13 Arizona (264). Washington (21st, 117) and California (25th, 86) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams in the Top-25. ASU is No. 17 this week while UCLA is No. 1, Oregon State No. 14, Arizona No. 20 and Washington No. 22. For info access http://www.troester.com/gym/.

ASU Faces Nation's Finest --Arizona State will face eight of the nation's Top 25 teams in 2005, according to the preseason coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils will meet in 2005, UCLA was No. 1, Stanford was No. 3, Utah was No. 5, Oregon State was No. 12, Arizona was No. 13, Penn State was No. 19, Washington was No. 21 and California was No. 25 in the preseason coaches poll. Four of those meetings are at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

Spini Notches 300th Career Victory, And More --25th-year head coach John Spini notched his 300th career victory in the season opener at the Maui Invitational. ASU defeated Maryland, Boise State and Alaska-Anchorage as Spini garnered his 300th, 301st and 302nd career victories. Spini entered the 2005 campaign with 299 career wins. His regular-season record is now 302-111-2 over 24-plus seasons. His won-loss mark at home is 160-23-1.

2005 Results --1/21/05: At Arizona -- Ashley Kelly won the 12th all-around title of her brilliant career, posting a 39.25 in a loss to Arizona (193.925-193.5). Kelly tied for 1st on vault (9.825) and on bars (9.825) with UA gymnasts. She tied for 3rd on floor (9.75) and was 2nd on beam (9.85). Lauren Powell placed 2nd (38.8) in the all-around. April Boone was 4th (9.675) on vault while Powell was 3rd (9.775) on bars. Boone tied for 3rd (9.75) on floor with Kelly. The Sun Devils team score of 48.025 on vault was a season-low.

1/14/05: Washington -- Ashley Kelly won the all-around competition with a 39.425, but ASU lost to UW, 193.05-192.75. Fatigued after returning from Hawaii, ASU suffered several falls, counting them on vault, beam and floor. Cassandra Jusino tied for 1st on bars (9.825) and won floor (9.875) while Kelly won beam (9.925) and vault (9.875). Kari Muth placed 3rd (38.225) in the all-around.

1/7/05: Maui Invitational -- Lauren Powell won the all-around title (39.375) in her first career attempt and coach John Spini won his 300th, 301st and 302nd career meets as ASU (195.7) swept the Maui Invitational field, Maryland (193.975), Alaska-Anchorage (191.275) and Boise State (190.9). Powell won vault (9.9, tying a career-high), tied for 2nd on beam (9.875) and tied for 3rd on bars (9.825). Ashley Kelly was second (38.975) in the all-around after falling on bars. Kelly won beam (9.925) and floor (9.975). Cassandra Jusino placed 3rd (38.85) in the all-around, tying for 3rd on vault (9.825). She took 2nd on floor (9.95), tying a career-high. April Boone won the first event of her ASU career with a 9.85 on bars. She tied for 1st with BSU's Lindsay Ward. Boone also tied for third (9.9) on floor.

ASU In The National Rankings --The Sun Devils are ranked No. 17 in the fourth poll of the 2005 season. ASU is 6th on beam (48.858) and 12th on bars (48.658). Junior Ashley Kelly is 9th in the all-around (39.217). Kelly is tied for 22nd on floor (9.858), tied for 6th on beam (9.9) and tied for 17th on vault (9.85).

April Boone (Sophomore)Tied for 3rd (9.75) with Kelly on floor versus Arizona ... also placed 4th (9.675) on vault in that meet ... placed 2nd on beam (9.825) and vault (9.85) vs. UW ... won the first event of her brief college career, tying for 1st on the uneven bars (9.85) with Boise State's Lindsay Ward at the Maui Invitational ... placed 5th in the all-around (38.075) at Maui, the first all-around competition of her college career ... tied for 3rd (9.9) on floor at Maui.

Donna Chance (Sophomore)Posted a 9.45 on vault at the Maui Invitational.

Josie Hancock (Freshman)Posted a 9.85 on balance beam at the Maui Invitational, good for 6th.

Cassandra Jusino (Sophomore)Tied for fifth (9.65) on on vault vs. UA ... 4th on bars (9.75) vs. UA ... won bars (9.825) and floor (9.875) vs. UW ... placed 3rd (38.85) in the all-around at the Maui Invite ... tied for 3rd on vault (9.825) at Maui ... took 2nd on floor with a 9.95, tying a career-high.

Ashley Kelly (Sophomore)Won the 12th all-around title of her career vs. UA (39.25) ... tied for first on vault (9.825) and bars (9.825) vs. UA ... 2nd on beam (9.85) and tied for 3rd on floor (9.75) ... won the all-around vs. UW (39.425) ... placed 1st on vault (9.875) and beam (9.925) vs. UW ... was 2nd on floor (9.85) vs. UW ... placed 2nd in the all-around (38.975) at the Maui Invite ... won two events at Maui, beam (9.925) and floor (9.975) ... was 2nd on vault (9.85) at Maui ... nationally, ranked 9th in the all-around (39.217), tied for 22nd on floor (9.858), tied for 6th on beam (9.9) and tied for 17th on vault (9.85).

Lisa Lanza (Sophomore)Tied for 5th on bars (9.725) vs. UA ... posted a 9.775 on bars at the Maui invite, her first competitive event at ASU.

Kari Muth (Senior)Placed 4th on beam (9.8) vs. UA ... placed 3rd (38.225) in the all-around vs. UW ... was 3rd on bars (9.8) and beam (9.775) vs. UW ... scored 9.8 on beam, 9.75 on bars and 9.675 on floor at the Maui Invite.

Lauren Powell (Junior)2nd in the all-around (38.8) vs. UA ... was 3rd on bars (9.775) vs. UA ... was 4th on bars (9.8) and beam (9.725) vs. UW ... in her first meet competing as an all-arounder, won at the Maui Invite posting a 39.375 ... won the vault (9.9, tied a career-high) and tied for 2nd on beam (9.875) at Maui ... also tied for 3rd on bars (9.825) ... posted a 9.775 on floor.

Taryn Shockley (Freshman)In her first college meet, posted a 9.725 on floor at the Maui Invite.

Karissa Vossler (Freshman)Out for the 2005 season with a knee injury suffered in the preseason.

Last Year --Placed 9th at the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA) with a score of 196.325 ... qualified for nationals for the 10th time in the past 14 seasons, including six of the last eight ... compiled a 10-6 regular-season record, including a 6-1 mark at Wells Fargo Arena ...head coach John Spini is one win shy of 300 regular-season victories, sporting a 299-109-2 career regular-season mark ... began ranked as low as No. 24 and was even out of the poll at one time, but moved up to as high as No. 17 to end the campaign ... a record-setting year for perfect 10.0 scores as ASU posted 10's 13 times, led by senior Maggie Germaine and sophomore Ashley Kelly with five each while freshman Cassandra Jusino and junior Kari Muth each had one ...in comparison, ASU had recorded perfect 10's on 24 occasions during its 28-year history prior to 2004 ... the previous school record was eight 10's (2003) ... set the all-time team high score of 198.45 in a win over Eastern Michigan ... set the all-time event records on uneven bars (49.6 vs. EMU on 3/5/04) and on the floor exercise (49.825 vs. Arizona on 2/27/04) ... Kelly tied for fourth in the all-around competition in the team portion of the NCAA Championships ... her 39.575 was compiled by finishing T-10th on floor (9.90), T-1st on beam (9.9), T-16th on bars (9.875) and T-7th on vault (9.9) ...Kelly was the national champion on beam as an individual at the NCAA's ...she became the ninth Sun Devil to win a national title and the fourth on beam ... with her beam performance, she was named a first-team all-American for the first time in her career ... Kelly also was named a first-team all-American in the all-around and a second-team all-American on vault and on the floor exercise ... she tied an ASU school record of five straight all-around titles during the season ... Kelly tied her school record all-around score of 39.825 vs. Arizona on 2/27/04 ... a No. 3 seed, ASU finished second at the Central Regional Championships in Baton Rouge, La. (LSU), thus earning the NCAA berth ... Kelly placed second in the all-around (39.625) at Regionals ... Kelly tied for first on vault (9.95), won beam (9.95) and tied third on floor (9.875) ...ASU tied for fourth (196.775 at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships ...had one Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the week (Kelly, 3/8) ... Maggie Germaine won a Pacific-10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship.

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