This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
Jan. 24, 2006
As the second week of Pac-10 play is quickly approaching, STANFORD leads the pack ranked nationally at No. 6. A true test will come this week as the Cardinal take on No. 19 OREGON STATE. Another match-up to keep a close eye on is undefeated No. 13 ARIZONA STATE taking on unranked WASHINGTON in Seattle. CALIFORNIA looks to challenge No. 14 ARIZONA. No. 9 UCLA is idle this week. The Pac-10 crown is still up for grabs as the season is just getting started. Any team can win. Who will it be?
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Friday, Jan. 27
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA , 7:30 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON w/Seattle-Pacific, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at OREGON STATE , 7 p.m.
ARIZONA - Then-No. 14 Arizona could not overcome an early deficit to then-No. 17 Arizona State, falling 195.300-195.150 on Jan. 22 at Wells Fargo Arena. In front of a crowd of 1,095 fans, freshman Briana Bergeson tallied a career-best 9.800 to claim second place on beam. Junior Aubrey Taylor established a new career-high with a 9.900 to share first-place honors on the uneven parallel bars. The Wildcats broke the 195-point barrier for the first time this season, a feat they didn't accomplish until the sixth meet of the season in 2005. Arizona will return to Tucson for their home opener against California on Jan. 27 in McKale Center.
ARIZONA STATE - Senior co-captain Ashley Kelly won the 16th all-around title of her career, as Arizona State made its 2006 home debut defeating in-state rival Arizona 195.300-195.150. Arizona State is now 2-0 on the season. Kelly won the all-around with a score of 39.475, and she also came in first on the balance beam with a score of 9.925. Freshman Tia Orlando won the vault with a 9.900, the team's best score of the year. The Sun Devils travel to Seattle. to take on Washington and Seattle Pacific on Jan. 27.
CALIFORNIA - In California's home opener, the Bears lost to Oregon State 193.950-190.750 on Jan. 20. The Bears boasted a 48.075 on the beam, their best score on the event since last season. Freshman Lydia Williams led the bears, posting a career-high 9.775 in the event. Also leading the Bears was freshman all-arounder Jessica Kelly, who matched her career-high with a 38.450 all-around score. California travels to Arizona to face the Wildcats on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Tucson.
OREGON STATE - Senior captain Chrissy Lamun helped the Beavers beat the Bears 193.950-190.750, by winning individual titles on bars (9.800), beam (9.850) and floor (9.850) on Jan. 20. Freshman Tasha Smith walked away with the all-around title for the second week in a row, scoring a 39.175. Oregon State put together a season-best performance against then-No. 13 UCLA on Jan. 22, but fell short to the Bruins 196.075-195.400. Senior Angela Morales reached the awards podium scoring a 9.875 to tie for second on the vault and also scored a 9.800 to tie for third on the floor with Lamun. Oregon State returns home for a meet against Stanford on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.
STANFORD - Stanford did not compete this past week. The Cardinals' next meet will be against Oregon State in Corvallis on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.
UCLA - UCLA scored a 194.600 on Jan. 20 to defeat host Washington, which scored 190.650. Senior Kate Richardson placed first in the all-around with a season-best 39.9. Freshman Ariana Berlin, a walk-on athlete who entered the season having not competed in nearly five years due to a serious car accident that forced her retirement from the sport, recorded career-highs in the all-around in both of UCLA's meets this weekend. Against Washington, Berlin scored a 38.9 to place second. To help UCLA defeat Oregon State 196.075-194.6 on Jan. 22, Berlin improved upon her all-around high by scoring a 38.95. UCLA takes on Sacramento State on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON - Senior Kelly McDonald (9.900) won bars and freshman Ashley Houghting won vault for the Huskies, but then-No. 13 ranked UCLA escaped Bank of America Arena with a 194.600-190.650 team victory. Three Huskies scored a 9.800 or higher on vault, led by Houghting who tallied a career-best 9.900. The Huskies return to action on Jan. 27 at Bank of America Arena where they take on Arizona State and Seattle Pacific at 7 p.m.