Cal Stays Close To Home For Second Quad Meet

March 4, 2008

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Bears Return To Non-Conference Schedule
The California women's gymnastics team returns to California this week for its second quad meet of the season, a clash against UC Davis, Seattle Pacific and host Sacramento State Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears fell to 2-9 after finishing fourth in last weekend's Cat Classic in Columbia, Mo.

Cal Face Stiff Competition in Cat Classic
Cal came in fourth in the Cat Classic quad meet last Friday. Fourth-ranked Michigan secured first (196.200), then-No. 14 Missouri took second (195.275) and then-No. 22 Ohio State finished third with a final score of 193.725.
The best event score of the day for the Bears came on floor (48.100), their best score on that event this season. Freshman Avery Gee led the way for Cal in that event, tallying a 9.700. Also on floor, senior Nicki Wells earned a 9.675, and senior Siobhan Luce garnered a 9.650.The Bears scored their highest individual score of the day on vault, with Luce notching a 9.800. On beam, sophomore Sophia Hocini tallied a personal-best 9.775, and junior Bridgette Glass scored a 9.750.

Hocini Continues To Impress
Sophia Hocini has produced quality scores consistently throughout the campaign. She currently holds Cal's third-highest score on vault (9.800), tied with Siobhan Luce, and the second-best all-around score of 38.500, which was a new personal best she earned in the Cat Classic last week. Hocini has also competed in 31 of the first 32 events, proving to be a valuable factor in Cal's success this year.

Steady Siobhan
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 eight competitions thus far.
Luce currently owns Cal's second-best score on bars this season with a personal best of 9.875 that she earned on Jan. 20. 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, which she followed with a 9.800 in the Cat Classic last week.

Freshman Success
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, reaching her season best of 9.625 on vault five separate times. Gee also led the way for Cal on floor last week in the Cat Classic, helping the Bears earn their highest event score of the night (48.100).
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. Last Friday in the Cat Classic, Mirreghabie posted her best mark of the season, a 9.750 on beam.
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
Sacramento State welcomes its competitors with a 5-4 record. The Hornets defeated Alaska-Anchorage last weekend, 193.375-191.625, sweeping all the individual titles in the process. Sac State faced Seattle Pacific, one of this weekend's opponents, in a dual meet earlier this season and won, 191.975-185.200. In the national rankings, the Hornets are ranked No. 23 on beam.
UC Davis currently boasts a record of 8-4. The Aggies, who also defeated Alaska-Anchorage last weekend, 192.875-190.625, squared off against Cal in the opening tri-meet of the season back on Jan. 11. The Bears defeated UC Davis and Towson in that meet. The Aggies, like Sacramento State, have also defeated Seattle Pacific already this year.
Seattle Pacific enters the quad meet with a 2-9 record. The Falcons earned their second victory of the season against Air Force on Feb. 23. They also placed third in a quad meet to open the campaign.

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 posted another solid another score on beam in the Cat Classic last Friday, notching a 9.750.

Up Next
The Bears head home next week for Senior Day. Cal will square off against Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis and San Jose State Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. It will be the final appearance at Haas Pavilion for seniors Siobhan Luce, Keiko Nakamura, Nicki Wells and Alli Szutu.

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 48-67 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.

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