No. 23 Gymnasts Travel to No. 24 Oregon State Friday

Feb. 1, 2005

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This Week --
No. 23 Arizona State University will be looking to snap a three-meet losing skid this Friday, February 4, at Gill Coliseum versus No. 24 Oregon State at 7:00 p.m. PT. The Sun Devils, ranked No. 23 in this week's poll (based upon total season average), 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.). Oregon State holds a 18-9-1 overall won-loss record against ASU, including a 10-2 margin in Corvallis. The Sun Devils have a 6-4 record versus the Beavers in Tempe. Last year ASU defeated OSU, 196.975-196.7 in Tempe and finished behind the Beavers in the Pac-10 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. 23 this week while UCLA is No. 3, Washington No. 21, Arizona No. 22 and Oregon State No. 24. For info access

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 302-112-2 over 24-plus seasons. His won-loss mark at home is 160-24-1.

2005 Results --
1/28/05: UCLA -- Ashley Kelly won two events, tying for first on beam (9.925) and winning bars (9.925) versus UCLA. Cassandra Jusino was third in the all-around with a 39.225. Jusino was second on floor (9.9) and tied for third on vault (9.825). Junior Lauren Powell was injured (ankle) on vault and did not return during the meet.

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.

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