Cal Heads to the Midwest for a Non-Conference Quad Meet
Feb. 25, 2008
Bears Return To Non-Conference Schedule
The California women's gymnastics team heads to Columbia, Mo. this week for a quad meet against No. 4 Michigan, No. 14 Missouri and No. 22 Ohio State Friday, Feb. 29, at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The Golden Bears fell to 2-6, 0-6 in the Pac-10 after a loss to No. 7 Stanford last weekend, 197.375-193.100.
Cal Puts Up Strong Showing Against Cardinal
Cal lost to seventh-ranked Stanford, 197.375-193.100, last Sunday at Burnham Pavilion.
The best event score of the day for the Bears came on bars (48.850). Senior Siobhan Luce and juniors Jessica Kelley and Bridgette Glass led the way for Cal in that event, each tallying a 9.800. Also on bars, sophomore Sophia Hocini and freshman Nassim Mirreghabie posted new personal bests, each notching a 9.725.
The Bears scored their highest individual score of the day four times on three different events. Luce notched a 9.825 on vault, freshman Avery Gee secured the same mark on floor, while Glass and senior Keiko Nakamura earned a 9.825 on beam.
Hocini Continues To Impress
Sophia Hocini has produced quality scores consistently throughout the campaign. 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 27 of the first 28 events, proving to be a valuable factor in Cal's success this year. Against Stanford, she reached a new personal best on bars (9.725) and tied her personal best on beam (9.750) in the process of reaching an all-around score of 38.425.
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 five separate times, and has collected her season-best mark of 9.825 on floor twice this season, including last Sunday against Stanford.
Mirreghabie, who has constantly been improving her score on vault, tallied a season-high 9.650 in that event against Stanford. She also scored a 9.725 on bars and a 9.675 on beam. The mark on bars tied her overall best score of the season, which she earned on beam earlier this year.
Cheng has come up huge for the Bears on floor throughout the season. She posted her best score of the campaign on floor on Feb. 10 against Oregon State (9.775). Against Stanford, she notched a 9.725 on floor and 9.625 on vault.
Scouting the Opponents
Michigan currently sports a perfect 11-0 record. The Wolverines put up a season-high final score of 197.125 last Friday claiming all four individual event titles and the all-around crown in a win over then-No. 17 North Carolina State. In the national rankings, Michigan is No. 2 on bars, No. 5 on beam, No. 6 on floor and No. 6 on vault.
Missouri welcomes its competitors with a 5-2 record. The Tigers fell to No. 6 Oklahoma last Friday, 196.075-195.750. The final total was the second highest of the season for Missouri, which just came up short in knocking off the Sooners. In the national rankings, the Tigers are No. 14 on beam, No. 16 on vault and No. 18 on floor and bars.
Ohio State enters the quad meet with a 5-2-1 record. The Buckeyes knocked off then-No. 16 Penn State last Sunday, 194.250-193.650. In the national rankings, Ohio State is No. 12 on floor and bars, and No. 20 on vault.
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 seven 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 fifth best all-around scores, 38.475 and 38.250. She notched a 9.825 on a more difficult vault routine against Stanford and a 9.800 on bars. Her 9.825 on vault tied her for the season-best score in that event among all Cal gymnasts.
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 on Feb. 17 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. She carried that momentum into last Sunday's meet against Stanford, posting a 9.825 on beam, a 9.800 on bars and 9.700 on vault.
The Bears return to California next week for a quad meet in Sacramento. Cal will square off against Seattle Pacific, UC Davis and host Sacramento State Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
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 48-64 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.