Cal Welcomes No. 7 UCLA
Feb. 11, 2008
Bears Continue Pac-10 Play
The California women's gymnastics team stays in Berkeley this week for a matchup against No. 7 UCLA Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears fell to 2-4, 0-4 in the Pac-10 after a loss to No. 8 Oregon State last weekend, 195.175-191.325.
Cal Falls To Eighth-Ranked Beavers
Cal lost to eighth-ranked Oregon State, 195.175-191.325, last Sunday at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears nearly won floor, losing by the slight edge of 48.150-48.075. In that event, freshmen Avery Gee and Stefanie Cheng turned in good performances, with Cheng scoring a 9.775 and Gee tallying a 9.750. Senior Nicki Wells also notched a 9.650 to help Cal end the day strong.
Cal's top event score came on beam (48.150). In that event, junior Bridgette Glass posted the Bears' top mark of the day (9.850). Senior Keiko Nakamura also secured a 9.700. On bars, sophomore Sophia Hocini tied her personal best with a 9.650. Glass had the highest score on that event with a 9.700. Hocini was the only Bear to compete all-around. She finished third among all gymnasts with a final mark of 37.950.
Glass Leading the Way
Since returning to action after missing the opening meet while recovering from an injury, Bridgette Glass has been producing strong scores throughout the season. Her 9.850 on beam against Oregon State last weekend was the second-highest mark for that event among Cal gymnasts this season. She also owns the Bears' third best score on bars this year with a 9.800. That score on bars came in her first event of the 2008 campaign.
The 2008 freshman class - Stefanie Cheng, Avery Gee, Nassim Mirreghabie - has been a dependable core that head coach Cari DuBois has been able to turn to with the numerous injuries the squad is currently facing.
Gee has competed in every meet and has posted consistent scores on vault and floor. She has reached her season best of 9.625 on vault three separate times, and collected her season-best mark of 9.825 on floor against Arizona on Feb. 1.
Mirreghabie has improved her score on vault in every meet. Her top score of the season is currently a 9.725 on beam, which she earned at Washington on Jan. 26.
Cheng posted her best score of the season last weekend on floor against Oregon State (9.775). She has been seeing more playing time, as she competed in three events for the first time last weekend.
Scouting the Bruins
UCLA comes to Cal with a perfect 10-0 record. The Bruins tabbed a 196.875 to capture first at the IGI Chicago Style Gymnastics meet last weekend. Among those 10 victories, UCLA has only competed on its home floor once, a narrow 195-050-195.025 win over Stanford on Jan. 27. In the national rankings, the Bruins are No. 3 on beam, No. 7 on vault, No. 11 on bars and No. 12 on floor.
Once again, Siobhan Luce has been one of Cal's most consistent competitors on the mats in 2008. The native of Reno, Nev., has only missed one event out of all five competitions 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 third and fourth best all-around scores, 38.475 and 38.250.
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 19 of the first 20 events, proving to be a valuable factor in Cal's success this year.
Last Year vs. UCLA
Cal lost to UCLA in a quad meet in Los Angeles last year. The Bears took third in the meet, finishing ahead of Cal State Fullerton.Bridgette Glass competed in the all-around competition for the first time in her Cal career that night, and posted a team-best all-around score of 38.900. Glass notched then-career-highs on the vault (9.825) and bars (9.850).
Alli Szutu scored a career-best 9.850 on vault, and also put together solid performances on the bars (9.625) and the floor (9.625).
Did You Know
Sunday's meet against the Bruins might hit a little closer to home for Keiko Nakamura since both of her parents attended UCLA.
After facing the Bruins, the Bears head down to The Farm to face No. 9 Stanford in the final regular-season Pac-10 meet of 2008. 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 48-62 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.