Cal Hosts 2008 Pink Meet, Faces No. 8 Oregon State
Feb. 4, 2008
Bears Continue Pac-10 Play
The California women's gymnastics team returns to action this week for the 2008 Pink Meet against No. 8 Oregon State Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears fell to 2-3, 0-3 in the Pac-10 after a loss to No. 19 Arizona last weekend, 194.650-190.425. After their date with the Beavers, the Bears entertain UCLA on Feb. 17. Cal advanced to the NCAA West Regional last year for the first time as a team since 2004. The Golden Bears made the postseason after garnering a regular-season record of 8-9.
Cal Drops Third Conference Meet
Cal lost to 19th-ranked Arizona, 194.650-190.425, last Friday at the McKale Center.
Freshman Avery Gee posted Cal's top score of the night, a 9.825 on floor, tying for second. Gee's mark was also the season best in that event among all Cal gymnasts. Senior Siobhan Luce finished third on bars with her mark of 9.750, while junior Jessica Kelley took fifth in that event with a mark of 9.700. Cal's other high score came from junior Bridgette Glass who posted a 9.750 on beam, placing third.
Luce ended the night with an all-around score of 38.475, while sophomore Sophia Hocini finished with a 36.950.
The Cal gymnasts will solicit flat donations or pledges for every Cal score of 9.5 and above in this weekend's meet. The Bears will donate all money earned to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Bay Area affiliate in the hopes of raising funds to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through research, education, screening and treatment. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and 'pink-out' Haas Pavilion, while the Bears don pink leotards for the event. Those fans wearing a pink t-shirt or pants will receive free admission to the event.
Last Year's Pink Meet
In the first Pink Meet last year against Washington, the Bears lost to the Huskies, 194.800-193.025. Cal did post its then-season-best scores of the season in all four events.
Sixteen times the Bears reached the 9.500 mark for donations towards breast cancer research. All four of Siobhan Luce's scores were well over the 9.500 mark, posting a 9.850 on vault, 9.700 on bars and floor and a 9.675 on beam. Also competing all-around, Jessica Kelley notched a 9.850 on floor, 9.675 on bars and a 9.650 on vault.
Scouting the Beavers
The eighth-ranked Beavers come to Cal undefeated in the Pac-10 with a record of 3-0 in the conference and 4-1 overall. Oregon State edged past No. 16 Arizona State last Wednesday, 196.475-196.150. The Beavers are currently ranked nationally on vault (No. 8), beam (No. 9), bars (No. 9) and floor (No. 10).
Once again, Siobhan Luce has been one of Cal's most consistent competitors on the mats in 2008. The native of Reno, Nev., is the only gymnast to compete all around in each of the Bears' meets thus far.
Luce currently owns Cal's second-best score on bars this season with a 9.875 that she earned against Arizona State. The mark was also a new personal best for the senior. Luce also holds the fourth best floor score, 9.700.
Hocini Continues To Impress
Sophia Hocini has been another gymnast who has produced quality scores so far in 2008. She currently holds Cal's second-highest score on vault (9.800) and the second-best all-around score of 38.475. Hocini has also competed in 15 of the first 16 events, proving to be a valuable factor in Cal's success this year.
Last Year vs. Oregon State
Cal lost to Oregon State in the 2007 season opener, 195.400-191.875, in Corvallis, Ore. Jessica Kelley posted a 38.625 in the all-around competition to finish third. She tallied a then-career-high 9.850 on the floor and matched her then-career best of 9.650 on the beam. Alli Szutu matched her then-career high on the vault with her score of 9.675.
Did You Know
Cal's best individual performances in the NCAA championships came in the 1992. Mimi Goyer came in ninth on beam and Kristen Smyth took ninth in the all-around with a score of 38.775.
The Bears stay in Berkeley next week for a matchup with UCLA, Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Cal's final home competition will be a quad meet on March 16.
Head Coach Cari DuBois
In her sixth year at California, head coach Cari DuBois has reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. DuBois has posted a 48-61 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. Last season, DuBois guided the Bears to the NCAA West Regional, held at Cal's Haas Pavilion, and ended the campaign with a final ranking of 26. Earlier during her tenure, she led Cal to its first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Bears to their highest NCAA-regional finish (fourth) since 1992. In 2004, the Bears 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.
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