The Golden Bears Host UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis

Feb. 7, 2006

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THIS WEEK:
This Friday the California women's gymnastics team will host a quad-meet against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis. The meet is slated for 7:30 p.m. (PST) in Haas Pavilion. Last week the Golden Bears fell to No. 12 Stanford 195.9254-192.150. Sophomore Siobhan Luce recorded a season-high 38.500 in the all-around competition against the Cardnial.

COMING TO YOU LIVE:
California's home matches will be available live with video and audio coverage on the California Golden Bears Sports Network. A subscription to California Golden Bears Sports Network costs $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year. For more information visit: http://cal.newtier.com. Make sure you don't miss a meet!

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:

No. 11 UCLA:
No. 11 UCLA ranks second in the Pac-10 in the vault, bars and beam. UCLA defeated Cal State Fullerton this weekend 195.925-190.05. Freshman Kristina Comforte recorded the first perfect 10 in the nation this season on the vault. The Bruins are led by senior Kate Richardson. The Canadian native ranks No. 11 nationally in the all-around competition.

Sacramento State:
The Golden Bears will face Sacramento State for the third time this season. In January, Cal defeated the Hornets 191.625-190.475 for the Bears' first dual match victory. Sacrmaneto State is led by sophomore Alexis Tsurumoto. The Hornets have not competed since they defeated Cal State Fullerton and Alaska Anchorage on Sunday, Jan. 22.

UC Davis:
UC Davis posted its first dual meet win of the season against Seattle Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 4. Junior Megan Nakagawa won the individual floor exercise and finished second on the beam to help propel the Aggies to the win. Freshman Katie Reinhardt finished first on the bars, and sophomore Carrie Lujan tied for first on the vault in the competition.

LAST YEAR AGAINST UCLA:
The California women's gymnastics team received strong all-around performances from seniors My-Lan Dodd (38.600) and Miho Maeda (38.725) but couldn't overcome a dominating performance by No. 2 UCLA in taking second a quad meet at Pauley Pavilion last season. The two-time defending NCAA team champions posted a 197.150 to defeat the Golden Bears (191.175), Sacramento State (190.375) and Cal State Fullerton (190.325). UCLA gymnasts swept the top three positions on each event with Kristen Maloney (39.750), Tasha Schwikert (39.625) and Kate Richardson (39.500) finishing 1-2-3 in the all-around. Maeda posted Cal's best individual finish, scoring a 9.775 to finish fourth on balance beam. Dodd's top score of the day was a 9.775 on floor exercise for seventh in that event.

LAST TIME AGAINST SACRAMENTO STATE:
The California women's gymnastics team posted its first win of the season over Sacramento State on Jan. 13. Cal posted a 191.625, slipping past the Hornets who recorded a 190.475. Cal improved its record to 2-4 on the season. Four gymnasts competed in the all-around for Cal. Freshman Jessica Kelley with a score of 38.450. Senior Britani Pittullo and sophomore Siobhan Luce tied for second in the all-around at 38.200. Freshman Lydia Williams finished fifth (37.250). The Bears recorded a 48.100, which is their season-high floor score. Kelley finished second on the floor (9.700). Pittullo's 9.650 placed her in fourth, while junior Nicki Wells finished in fifth (9.600). Freshman Joanna Bennett, Wells and Pittullo all tied for first on the bars with a score of 9.675.

LAST YEAR AGAINST UC DAVIS:
California gymnastis swept the top three spots in the all-around competition as the Golden Bears defeated UC Davis, 190.175-187.050, at The Pavilion last season. Senior Miho Maeda led all scorers with a new career-best mark of 38.875 to win the all-around. Senior My-Lan Dodd came in second (38.275), tying her season-high score on floor (9.775). Freshman and New Zealand native Nicki Wells, who has improved her bars mark at each meet this season, scored a 9.650 to finish third in her first collegiate all-around (35.800). A Cal gymnast captured first place in every event save vault - Maeda won the bars competition (9.875), junior Britani Pittullo took first on beam (9.700) and Dodd (9.775) tied Maeda for tops on floor.

FLOOR IT:
Against Stanford the Bears recorded their season-best score of 48.300 on the floor. Cal ranks No. 8 on the floor in the west region. Against the Cardnial, junior Justine Cephus (9.700), junior Isabel Garcia (9.650), freshman Jessica Kelley (9.775), sophomore Siobhan Luce (9.650) and sophomore Alli Szutu (9.525) all posted season-highs in the event.

VARIOUS VAULTERS:
The Bears continue to improve in the vault. In the meet against Stanford Cal juniors Justine Cephus and Isabel Garcia, freshman Jessica Kelley, sophomore Siobhan Luce all posted season-highs in the event. Kelley ranks individually No. 34 on the vault in the Pac-10. A week prior against Arizona, senior Britani Pittullo and freshman Joanna Bennett posted their season-highs in the event.

TERIFFIC TOTAL:
Cal's team total has bounced back and forth so far this season. However against Stanford last week, the Bears posted their team-best score of 192.150. This was California's best team score since last season when it scored a 192.300 against North Carolina State.

KOOL KELLEY:
Freshman Jessica Kelley continues her strength in the all-around competition. The Los Gatos native ranks No. 9 in the west region in the all-around competition. Kelley posted a 38.550 against Stanford, after setting her career-best 38.600 a week prior at Arizona. In the Stanford competition, she set her career-highs on the vault (9.700) and on the floor (9.775).

SUPER SIOBHAN:
Sophomore Siobhan Luce recorded a season-high 38.500 in the all-around competition against Stanford last week. This was her highest all-around score since the North Carolina State meet last March. In addition, Luce set her season-highs in all four events. She recorded a 9.625 on the vault, 9.600 on the bars, 9.625 on the beam and a 9.650 in the floor exercise.

IZZY THE GREAT:
Junior Isabel Garcia continues to get better as the season trudges on. Garcia matched her career high of 9.675 on the vault against Stanford. She also tied her season-high of 9.650 on the floor. A week before at Arizona, Garcia set her season high on the beam (9.500).

JUSTIFIED JUSTINE:
Junior Justine Cephus is making a major impact for the Bears this season. In two meets on the vault she has posted a 9.525 and 9.450. In his first go-about on the floor Cephus posted a career-high 9.700 against Stanford last week. Also against the Cardinal she matched her career high of 9.750 on the beam.

JOYFUL:
Freshman Joanna Bennett continued to improve her score on the bars in every meet. The Healdsburg native has gone from a 9.675 to a 9.775 recorded against Stanford. Bennett ranks No. 12 in west region on the bars and is tied for 15th in the competitive Pac-10 conference.

TAMING TAM:
Freshman Tiffany Tam competed in her first collegiate match at Arizona. She recorded a career-high 9.675 on the beam. Against Stanford last weekend Tam stayed in the lineup and posted a 9.575. Tam is tied for 20th in the west region on the beam.

INKING THE BEST:
In November, head Coach Cari DuBois announced the signing of Sophia Hocini (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley High School) and Nicole Day (Artesia, Calif./Richard Gahr High School). Both will attend the University of California in the fall of 2006.

COACHES:
In her fourth year at California, head coach Cari DuBois has already reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. DuBois has posted a 27-23 record at Cal. Also she was named the 2003 Pac-10 co-Coach of the year and the 2003 West Regional Coach of the Year. In her short tenure, DuBois has guided the Bears to their first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Cal team to its highest NCAA Regional finish (fourth) since 1992. A year later, Cal finished fifth at the NCAA Regionals, the program's best back-to-back postseason showings since 1991-92. Prior to coming to Berkeley, DuBois worked as an assistant for nine years (six at West Virginia and three at Cal under Alfie Mitchell). DuBois also has spent time instructing and choreographing routines at several gymnastics camps and clubs nationwide. DuBois graduated from Ball State in 1992 with a degree in exercise science and wellness and holds a master's degree in athletic coaching from West Virginia. Scott Ryan, hired in August 2005, assists DuBois. Ryan served as the director and head coach at Aztec Gymnastics in San Diego, Calif., prior to his hiring at Cal. While at Aztec Gymnastics, Ryan led his teams to 33 state and regional championships in the state of California and national championships in both the United States and Mexico. Also, 18 of his gymnasts earned college gymnastics scholarships.

UP NEXT:
California will hit the road again on Friday, Feb. 17, to face Washington in Seattle, Wash. The meet is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (PST) start at the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

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