No. 24 Gymcats host No. 4 Stanford

Jan. 28, 2009

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This Week:The No. 24 Arizona gymnastics squad (0-3) hosts its second home meet in as many weeks when No. 4 Stanford comes to McKale Center for the Gymcats annual Flipping for the Fight meet Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Flipping for the Fight promotion is to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

Last Week:Arizona is coming off a 196.450-195.250 loss at No. 10 Oregon State last Friday at the McKale Center. The Wildcats set a season-high for overall team score and season-highs in three of the four events.Vault: Arizona scored a team 48.725 to OSU's 49.075 in the vault. Senior Bree Workman led the way with a 9.850 followed closely by freshman Deanna Graham with a 9.800.Bars: Senior Briana Bergeson tied a career-high mark by recording a 9.875 to propel the team to a season-high 49.000 compared to the Beavers' 49.075. This bars event marked the first time all season the Wildcats have posted an event score at 49 or higher. Both junior Sarah Tomczyk and freshman Rebecca Cardenas posted 9.8'sBeam: Earning the team-high in a second straight event, Bergeson and freshman Katie Matusik both scored a 9.800 to lead the Wildcats to a 48.675 team score. Matusik's mark was a career-high.Floor: Tomczyk finished out the meet with a solid 9.875 on the floor and paced Arizona to a team score of 48.850. Cardenas and sophomore Colleen Fisher scored a 9.825 and 9.800 respectively.All-Around: For the third straight meet, Fisher was the Wildcats' top point scorer with a 39.050, which marked the first time in her career she went over the 39-point barrier. Senior Alexis Greene was the only other Wildcat to perform in the all-around, earning a 38.775.

Scouting the Opposition:

Stanford- No. 4 Stanford comes to Tucson undefeated and fresh off a win over Arizona State at home. The Cardinal (7-0) have competed in two Quad meets, winning both including the Cancun Classic and Seattle Quad Meet. Stanford beat the Sun Devils 196.775-194.6 and jump three spots in the rankings with their season-best mark. The team has an average score of 196.275.

Beaming Beamer:Senior Briana Bergeson had her best meet of the season against the Beavers. Also known as Beamer, Bergeson scored a career-high tying 9.875 on the bars to pace Arizona and added a 9.800 on the beam to tie for the team lead. Those were both season-highs for Arizona.

`Sik' routine:In just her third meet, freshman Katie Matusik scored a 9.800 on the beam, in the meet against the Beavers. That ties a team-high for the season and sets a career-best for the freshman.

More than just standing on the shore:Sophomore Colleen Fisher recorded her first ever all-around score above a 39 against Oregon State. Fisher has improved her all-around score every week and scored above a 9.7 in every event with her highest score coming on the floor with a 9.775.

The Work Horse:Senior Bree Workman has been one of the most consistent Gymcats this season. Workman has been the leading scorer in several events this season, but has really paced the Wildcats on the vault and on the floor.

New Name, New Game:Junior Sarah Tomczyk, who was married over the summer, competed in her first meet all-around last week in Los Angles. Tomczyk, formally Spect, scored a 38.525, with her high score coming on floor at a 9.825. The junior scored a 9.65 on vault, a 9.65 on bars and a 9.4 on beam.

Banged up:The Gymcats suffered a tough loss when junior Miranda Russell injured her knee and was lost for the season during the meet against Oregon State. Freshman Britnie Jones should return this week after miss last week with a leg injury.

Powerful Pac-10:The Pac-10 has five teams ranked in the nation's top-24. UCLA leads the way at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 24 Arizona.

What's Coming Up:The Wildcats head back on the road next weekend to take on No. 29 Washington in Seattle. The meet will be Saturday, February 7 at 7:00.

College Debuts:Arizona debuted five freshmen in its season-opening meet at Minnesota Rebecca Cardenas competed in bars (9.700) and floor (9.625). Talyn Curry and Deanna Graham competed in vault and scored 9.625 and 9.800 respectively. On the bars, Britnie Jones and Katie Matusik also made their debuts scoring 9.150 and 9.175 respectively.

2008 Review:The Wildcats finished the year 14-11 and competed in the postseason for the 22nd consecutive season. One of the season highlights came in Tempe, Ariz., where for the first time since 1987, Arizona beat rival ASU in a dual/away meet. Arizona had beat ASU in unbiased meets in the Pac-10s and Regionals, but in Tempe during the regular season since 1987.

Home Cookin':McKale continues to be a difficult place to compete for visiting teams. In 2008, the Wildcats were 6-1 in home meets including wins over Pac-10 foes Washington and Cal. Over the last two seasons, Arizona is 11-3 in home meets and 26-5 since the start of the 2005 season.

Meet the newcomers:The Arizona roster features six freshman including Rebecca Cardenas from Honolulu, HI, Talyn Curry from Westborough, Mass., Deanna Graham from Tucson, Ariz., Britnie Jones from Phoenix, Ariz., Katie Matusik from McKinney Tx., and Jillian O'Neal from Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Preseason Rankings:The Wildcats opened the season with a No. 18 national ranking and are one of five Pac-10 teams in the preseason coaches' poll. UCLA leads the way at No. 4, including gathering four firs t place votes. Stanford ended up right behind the Bruins at No. 5, Oregon State came in at No. 9, Arizona was No. 18 and Arizona State fell in at No. 24. Washington and Cal fell under the Other Teams Receiving Votes category.

Stacked schedule:Arizona will be faced with the challenge of playing some of the best teams in the country in 2009. The Wildcats compete against six teams in the preseason top-25, including opening the season with four straight weeks against top-25 opponents including No. 22 Minnesota, No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 5 Stanford. The other two ranked opponents Arizona faces are No. 14 Denver and No. 13 Penn State.

Ryden's record:Head coach Bill Ryden holds a career and school record of 142-141-3 in his ten years at Arizona. Ryden should get to his 150th career win in 2009.

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