Zamarripa Perfect Again On Vault As UCLA Wins Quad Meet

Feb. 15, 2009

Los Angeles, CA - Freshman Vanessa Zamarripa scored her second perfect 10 of the season on vault to lead UCLA to a quad meet victory over Boise State, Washington and Cal State Fullerton in Pauley Pavilion in front of 3,190 fans. Zamarripa's 10 led the Bruins to a 196.375 team total. Boise State was second with a season-best 195.7. Washington placed third with a 194.4, and Cal State Fullerton was fourth with a 193.15.

The Bruins, who were competing for the first time since being hit with the norovirus the last weekend of January, got off to a monster start on vault, scoring a season-high tying 49.525. The score was the seventh-best vault total in UCLA history. Ariana Berlin and Brittani McCullough set things up with a pair of leadoff 9.875s. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs followed by tying her career-high with a 9.85, and Tauny Frattone set a new career-best with a 9.875. Aisha Gerber continued to up the ante, scoring 9.9, and Zamarripa ripped her second perfect 10 of the season with a flawless Yurchenko full.

With nearly a point lead over second place Boise State, the Bruins moved to the uneven bars for the second rotation. Berlin began the set with a strong routine that scored 9.825. McCullough followed with a 9.8 after sticking her full-twisting double back dismount. Zamarripa nearly stuck her double layout dismount and earned a 9.85. Gerber, who fell on top of the low bar in one-touch warm-ups, tried to compete but could not complete her routine all the way through to the dismount and scored just 9.15. Hopfner-Hibbs, however, came through with a career-high 9.875, and junior Anna Li added a season-high 9.9, bringing the Bruins' bars total to 49.25 and their two-event score to 98.775.

Berlin had another outstanding leadoff routine in the third rotation, scoring 9.85 on the balance beam. Bernholtz, who was a late addition to the lineup after Gerber was scratched for precautionary reasons, had a solid routine, tying her season-best with a 9.8. Niki Tom contributed a 9.875. After a wobbly routine from Li, it was up to freshmen Zamarripa and Hopfner-Hibbs to avoid the Bruins having to count a low mark. Zamarripa scored a career-high tying 9.825, and Hopfner-Hibbs assured the Bruins of another 49+ event score with a 9.85 that upped UCLA's score to 49.2, the team's second-highest beam total of the year.

With a three-event score of 147.975, the Bruins were eyeing another huge team score but sputtered on floor exercise, with only two gymnasts scoring 9.8 or better. Freshman Kaelie Baer came up big with a career-high 9.85, Hopfner-Hibbs added a 9.8, and McCullough made her highly-anticipated season debut on floor, scoring 9.675 with a 9.9 start value, but the Bruins had to count a fall and also had an out of bounds deduction, dropping their team score to 48.4.

Hopfner-Hibbs won the all-around with a 39.375 and placed second on bars and tied for third on beam. Li won the uneven bars with a 9.9. Tom tied for first on beam with Boise State's Lindsay Kazandjian with a 9.875, and Washington's Ashley Houghting won the floor exercise with a 9.9.

UCLA returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Masters Classic in Nebraska. The Bruins will face Nebraska, North Carolina State and Minnesota.

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