Zamarripa Scores Perfect 10 On Vault In Win Over Cal State Fullerton

Jan. 23, 2009

Fullerton, CA - UCLA freshman Vanessa Zamarripa scored a perfect 10 on vault, and freshman Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs recorded career-high marks on all four events and won the all-around with a career-high 39.525 to lead UCLA to a 196.6-193.875 win over Cal State Fullerton on Friday evening in Titan Gym. The team scores were season-highs for both teams.

UCLA got off to a strong start on uneven bars with a season-high 49.225 after recording six marks of 9.8 or greater. After a 9.85 leadoff routine from senior Ariana Berlin, redshirt sophomore Brittani McCullough, competing for the first time this season, earned a 9.8. Freshman Aisha Gerber kicked off three-straight marks of 9.85, and freshmen Vanessa Zamarripa and Hopfner-Hibbs each nabbed career-best marks of 9.85. Junior Anna Li added her signature Tkatchev back into her already difficult routine and scored 9.825 after taking steps back on her double layout dismount. Cal State Fullerton kept things close with a 49.0 on vault, led by a 9.9 from Alaina Baker.

The Bruins moved to vault for the second rotation and shattered their season high with a 49.525. Freshman Kaelie Baer led off with a career-best tying 9.8, and sophomore Mizuki Sato added a 9.85. McCullough continued her successful comeback with a stuck Yurchenko full that earned a career-high 9.95. Hopfner-Hibbs scored a career-high 9.85, followed by a career-high tying 9.875 from Gerber, setting the stage for Zamarripa, whose stuck Yurchenko full earned her the nation's first perfect 10 on vault in this season and UCLA's first perfect 10 since Kristina Comforte's 10.0 on vault in 2006, also at Cal State Fullerton.

Armed with over a one point lead at the halfway mark, the Bruins moved to floor exercise. Sophomore Niki Tom led off with a solid 9.825 score, and Sato followed up a missed routine with a 9.85. Gerber scored a 9.725 after going out of bounds, and Zamarripa added a 9.8. Hopfner-Hibbs closed the set with a career-best 9.9 to bring UCLA's final floor mark to 49.1.

With a three-event score of 147.85, the Bruins had their sights on a 197 final team score, but it wasn't to be, as they had to count a fall on the final rotation. UCLA had a pair of 9.85 marks from two Bruins making their first appearances of the season on the event, Berlin and Li. Hopfner-Hibbs came up big in the five slot, recording a career-high 9.925, and Gerber closed with a 9.875 to give UCLA a 48.75 beam total.

Hopfner-Hibbs won three events and the all-around, winning the beam and floor outright and tying with teammates Berlin, Li and Zamarripa for first on bars. Zamarripa won vault for the third-straight meet. Hopfner-Hibbs led a UCLA all-around sweep with a 39.525. Gerber was second with a career-high 39.325, and Zamarripa was third with a 38.675

The Bruins (2-1) will host California on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm. Sunday's meet is UCLA's third annual Breast Cancer Awareness meet. The Bruins will wear leotards with pink accents, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the meet.

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