Women's Gymnastics to Face the Titans of CSU Fullerton

Feb. 21, 2006

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The California Golden Bears will continue their road trip to CSU Fullerton on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. (PST). Last week, the Bears traveled to Seattle to face Washington. The Huskies snuck by Cal, edging them 189.875-189.275 in the meet. Cal freshman Jessica Kelley returned to the all-around competition, posting a 38.350 to win the event.


CSU Fullerton: CSU Fullerton enters Sunday's competition with a 3-6 record. Just recently, the Titans finished third against in a tri-meet against UCLA and Arizona State. Sophomore Amanda Van Horn finsshed sixth on the vault and junior Erica Ficarrotta finished sixth in the all-around competition. In CSU Fullerton's lone dual match so far this season, the Titans defeated Boise State, 191.075-188.875.

The California 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 at a quad meet at Pauley Pavilion. The two-time defending NCAA team champion Bruins 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.

Against the Huskies, California posted a 47.475 on the floor. The floor seems to be the event which Golden Bears continue to improve in. In the last couple of meets, several Cal gymnast have posted either their career highs or season highs in the event. At Washington, senior Britani Pittullo (9.700) and sophomore Siobhan Luce (9.750) recorded their season highs. In the quad meet a week prior against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis junior Isabel Garcia set her season high on the floor (9.750). Sophomores Nicki Wells (9.600) and Alli Szutu (9.650) each additionally posted their season high in the event.

This season the Golden Bears have continued a streak, but not a good streak. Cal has suffered 13 straight Pac-10 losses. The Bears last defeated a Pac-10 foe on Jan. 30, 2004, when they outmatched Oregon State, 195.675-195.550.

This weekend's meet against CSU Fullerton will mark the sixth dual meet for the Golden Bears this season. Over the last four years Cal has tabulated a 12-15 record. In the 2004 season, Cal recorded its last dual win over CSU Fullerton.

ROCKY ROAD:This season on the road has not treated the Bears kindly. Cal has dropped two meets and finished fifth at the Aloha Gymnfest. The best road trip came against the Hornets of Sacramento State earlier this season, snapping a three road meet losing streak.

Cal junior Isabel Garcia continues to impress this season. The Fair Oaks native matched her career high on the vault this weekend against Washington after she recorded a 9.750. A week before, she set her season high on the floor, earning a 9.750 for her floor routine. Her mark on the floor is only a point off of her career high of 9.850 set in 2004 against Stanford.

Getting back into the all-around competition after taking a week off, freshman Jessica Kelley recorded a meet winning 38.350. The Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week nominee collected a 9.500 on the vault, 9.525 on the bars, 9.575 on the beam and a 9.750 on the floor.

As the season has worn on, sophomore Siobhan Luce has blossomed back into the all-arounder she was her freshman season. In the last three meets Luce has either set her career high or season high in each event. Against Stanford, Luce recorded a season-high 9.625 on the beam and a season-high 38.500 in the all-around. In the quad-meet against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis, she posted a season-high 9.700 on the vault and set her career high of 9.825 on the bars. In this last weekend's meet against Washington, Luce collected a career-high 9.750 on the floor. Luce ranks No. 14 in the west region for the all-around.

Cal senior Britani Pittullo posted a season-high 9.700 on the floor against Washington. In addition, she posted a 38.175, which has helped her rank No. 13 in the west region for the all-around. Her highest ranking this season.

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.

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.

The Golden Bears will return to Haas Pavilion to host the Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday, March 3. The meet is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (PST) start.

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