California Women's Gymnastics Host No. 15 Arizona State
Feb. 28, 2006
The California Golden Bears will return home to host the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils on Friday night in Haas Pavilion. The meet is schedule for a 7:30 p.m. (PST) start. Last week, the Bears picked up their second dual meet win of the season against Cal State Fullerton (193.00-192.325). Cal freshman Jessica Kelley won the all-around competition, posting a career-high 38.950.
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SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
No. 15 Arizona State: The No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils are led by senior Ashley Kelly who ranks 10th nationally in the all-around competition. Arizona State ranks ninth on the balance beam. Kelly is seventh nationally on the beam and her teammate April Boone is tied for 44th in the category. The Sun Devils also rank 19th nationally on the floor and 12th nationally on the vault.
LAST YEAR AGAINST ARIZONA STATE:
The No. 22 Arizona State women's gymnastics team swept the top three all-around events and won each individual title defeating Cal, 195.550-181.450, at the Wells Fargo Arena. Cal senior My-Lan Dodd posted the best scores of the night for the Bears, setting season bests on vault (9.800), floor (9.825) and tying her top season mark on bars (9.875). Her all-around score of 38.875 was also her best of the season. Dodd finished fourth in the all-around. ASU junior Ashley Kelly captured the all-around title at 39.575 followed by sophomore Cassandra Jusino (39.175) and senior Kari Muth (39.050). Cal freshman Siobhan Luce set a new career-high of 9.725 on floor to finish sixth in the all-around at 38.050. Another Cal freshman, Nicki Wells, tied her career-high on vault (9.525) in finishing seventh in the all-around (37.200).
VAULTING TO THE BEST:
Against the Titans, the Golden Bears notched their season-best score on the vault. Cal recorded a 48.625, which ties their 2005 season best. Junior Isabel Garcia recorded her career high (9.800) to win the event.
This Friday night against Arizona State the Golden Bears hope to break 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.
BREAKING OUT OF THE RUT:
Last weekend against CSU Fullerton, Cal won its second dual meet of the season. The meet was the sixth dual meet for the Golden Bears this season. Over the last four years Cal has tabulated a 13-15 record. Cal last beat Arizona State in a dual meet, on March 4, 1994, in Berkeley. The Bears won 192.250-190.350 to improve to 11-2 overall.
FLOWING ONTO THE FLOOR:
On Sunday against Cal State Fullerton, Cal posted its season-best score on the floor. The score of 48.325 was their best score since last season, when they notched a 48.575 against Utah State.
Freshman Jessica Kelley set her career best score in the all-around competition this past weekend. The Los Altos, Calif., native posted a 38.950 in the competition, giving her the all-around title. The Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week nominee also collected a season-high 9.775 on the vault. In the three other events Kelley tallied a 9.800 on the bars, 9.625 on the beam and a 9.750 on the floor.
Entering the last month of the regular season, junior Isabel Garcia continues to break her career highs over and over again. Garcia recorded her highest score yet on the vault, last weekend against the Titans. The Fair Oaks, Calif., native posted a 9.800 in the event. Prior to the Cal State Fullerton meet, Garcia broke her career high against UCLA, Sacramento State and UC Davis when she tallied a 9.750. Garcia matched the 9.750 the next week against Washington.
Cal senior Britani Pittullo posted a season-high 9.775 on the vault against Cal State Fullerton. In addition, she matched her season high (9.700) on the floor.
FIRST TIMES A CHARM:
Cal sophomore Keiko Nakahara entered the lineup for the first time this season against the Titans. Nakahara matched her career high of 9.625 set last year in the UC Davis, Brown meet.
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.
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 hit the road again next weekend, this time heading back east to face West Virginia and Pittsburgh on March 10. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. (EST) start. On March 12 at 2 p.m. (EST), the Bears will hit the mats again in Washington, D.C., against George Washington and North Carolina State.