Cal Squares Off Against No. 7 Stanford on the Road
Feb. 19, 2008
Bears Head to The Farm for Final Conference Meet
The California women's gymnastics team heads to Palo Alto this week for a matchup against No. 7 Stanford Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at Burnham Pavilion. The Golden Bears fell to 2-5, 0-5 in the Pac-10 after a loss to No. 7 UCLA last weekend, 195.225-189.425.
Cal Falls To Seventh-Ranked Bruins
Cal lost to seventh-ranked UCLA, 195.225-189.425, last Sunday at Haas Pavilion.
The closest event was floor, as Cal lost by the score of 48.000-47.475. The best event score of the night for the Bears came on bars (47.900). Senior Siobhan Luce led the way for Cal in that event, tallying a 9.800. Luce also posted a 9.725 on floor. Also earning a strong mark on bars was junior Jessica Kelley with a 9.775.
The highest individual score of the day came from junior Bridgette Glass, who secured a 9.850 on beam. She tied for second among all gymnasts with that mark. Glass also contributed to the Bears' strong bars team score, recording a 9.750.
In the all-around, Luce was first among Cal gymnasts with a score of 37.550, with sophomore Sophia Hocini second on the team at 37.400. UCLA's Anna Li won the all-around with a final score of 39.425.
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 UCLA last weekend tied her for second in the event and for the highest mark for that event among Cal gymnasts this season. It was the second week in a row Glass produced a 9.850 on beam. She also shares 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.
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 four separate times, and collected her season-best mark of 9.825 on floor against Arizona on Feb. 1.
Mirreghabie has constantly been improving her score on vault. Her top score of the season is a 9.725 on beam, which she earned on Jan. 26.
Cheng posted her best score of the season on floor on Feb. 10 against Oregon State (9.775). She has been seeing a lot more action, as she has competed in three events the past two weeks.
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford currently boasts a 5-4 record. The Cardinal took second in a tri-meet against Oregon State and Seattle Pacific last weekend, beating Seattle Pacific and just falling short to the Beavers. Sunday's meet will be the third home competition of the season for Stanford, which lost its opener to Georgia but defeated Arizona the following week. In the national rankings, Stanford is No. 6 on bars, No. 7 on beam, No. 8 on vault and No. 18 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 six 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 on Jan. 20. 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 23 of the first 24 events, proving to be a valuable factor in Cal's success this year.
Last Year vs. Stanford
Cal lost to then-No. 5 Stanford last year at Haas Pavilion by the final score of 196.075-189.925.
Siobhan Luce finished third in the all-around, scoring a 38.600. During the meet, she set then-season-highs on bars (9.775), beam (9.675) and floor (9.600).
Did You Know
Stanford head coach, Kristen Smyth, was a three-time All-American and a two-time NCAA participant at Cal. She was also named the Cal Gymnast of the Decade for the 1990s.
Following Cal's final conference meet of the season, the Bears head to the Midwest for the Cat Classic Friday, Feb. 29, at 4:30 p.m. (PT) against No. 4 Michigan, No. 13 Missouri and No. 20 Ohio State.
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. 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. DuBois has posted a 48-63 record at Cal. 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.