UCLA Hosts Arizona State Sunday In Pauley Pavilion

Jan. 29, 2010

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UCLA Hosts Arizona State -- The seventh-ranked UCLA gymnastics team (4-1) returns home for a dual meet against Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 pm in Pauley Pavilion.

Tickets -- Lower-level tickets cost $12 for adults/$10 for youth (16 and under). Mid-level seating is $8 for adults/$6 for youth. UCLA students are free with ID. For the best value, season tickets are on sale for $45. The season ticket package includes lower-level seating for all five regular season home meets plus the NCAA West Regionals on Apr. 10.

Bruin Shoe Drive For Haiti -- UCLA Athletics will be hosting a shoe drive at this weekend's Women's Basketball and Gymnastics home events. The shoe drive is in conjunction with Sport Chalet's partnership with Soles 4 Souls, who have committed to providing 1 million pairs of shoes to aid in the recovery and building process in Haiti. Fans are being asked to bring in new or gently worn shoes to Pauley Pavilion at one or both of the following events this weekend: UCLA Women's Basketball Game - Saturday, January 30th at 2pm or UCLA Women's Gymnastics Meet - Sunday, January 31st at 2pm. The shoe collection will take place from 1:00pm-2:00pm. All shoes collected will be sent to Soles 4 Souls for distribution in Haiti.

Promotions -- UCLA Alumni Association Members can receive up to four complimentary tickets for this meet by showing their UCLA Alumni Association card upon entry. Providing pre-meet entertainment will be the 'Harlem Globetrotters' of soccer, Futbolero, who will perform extreme soccer tricks, various soccer stunts and juggling.

Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will host a free live video and audio broadcast, in addition to live scoring. Darren Preston and former Bruin All-American and UCLA vault record-holder Kristina Comforte will provide the call.

In The Rankings -- UCLA dropped down to seventh in the national rankings with a season average of 195.744 after holding the No. 1 spot for two weeks. The Bruins rank No. 1 on uneven bars (49.15), No. 4 on vault (49.131), No. 7 on balance beam (48.781) and No. 20 on floor (48.681).

Individually, the Bruins have top-ranked gymnasts on two events - Anna Li on uneven bars for the third consecutive week (9.942) and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs on floor for the third-straight week (9.912). UCLA has three gymnasts ranked in the Top 11 in the all-around - No. 3 Hopfner-Hibbs (39.375), No. 4 Anna Li (39.358) and No. 11 Vanessa Zamarripa (39.2). Four Bruins are ranked in the Top 20 on beam - No. 7 Zamarripa (9.85), No. 11 Hopfner-Hibbs (9.842), No. 12 Li (9.842) and No. 20 Marci Bernholtz (9.825). Three are ranked in the Top 12 on bars - Li at No. 1 (9.942), Zamarripa at No. 3 (9.9) and Monique De La Torre at No. 12 (9.862). On vault, Zamarripa ranks sixth (9.894), and Tauny Frattone is tied for 18th (9.85), and on floor, McCullough joins Hopfner-Hibbs in the Top 10 at No. 10 (9.883).

Scouting The Sun Devils -- Arizona State is 1-4 on the season, with its lone win coming against Cal two weeks ago. The Sun Devils scored a season-high 194.9 last weekend against Arizona and were paced by a career-high 39.45 all-around score by Mary Atkinson, who also scored 9.95 on bars and 9.9 on floor. Atkinson currently ranks 10th in the nation on bars with a 9.867 average.

Series With ASU -- UCLA is 45-23 in the regular season against Arizona State and has not lost to the Sun Devils since Jan. 26, 2001 in Tempe, a streak of 17 consecutive wins.

Bruins Split In Bay Area -- UCLA went 2-1 in the Bay Area last weekend, winning a tri-meet at Cal against the Golden Bears and San Jose State and losing a dual meet at Stanford. At Cal, UCLA spread out its lineup, with 13 out of 24 routines being competed for the first time and six Bruins making their season debuts on their respective events. The Bruins scored 194.425 and had a first-place finisher on all four events - Tauny Frattone on vault and floor, Monique De La Torre on bars, and Vanessa Zamarripa on beam. At Stanford, UCLA had the lead at the halfway point but had to count two falls on floor. The Bruins rebounded in the final rotation with a season-high 49.3 on beam to score a total of 195.875.

Zamarripa Honored By Pac-10 -- Sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa was honored with the Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week after her 9.975 beam routine at Stanford. Her score is the highest score in the nation this year on beam and ranks fourth on UCLA's all-time list of beam scores. It was also the highest beam score by a Bruin in the past five seasons. Zamarripa received a perfect 10 from one judge on two events at the Stanford meet - finishing with a 9.95 on vault and 9.975 on beam.

De La Torre Delights In Debut -- Freshman Monique De La Torre's first ever collegiate routine was one to remember, as she scored a 9.9 on the uneven bars to win the event at Cal last Friday. De La Torre totaled 38.5 in her first all-around attempt to place in the Top 5. She had a strong meet at Stanford on Sunday, scoring 9.85 on vault, 9.825 on bars and 9.775 as the leadoff performer on beam.

Li Back In All-Around -- Senior Anna Li has made a triumphant return to all-around competition, ranking fourth in the nation and posting one of the top scores in the nation this season. Li, who had not gone all-around since 2008 due to injuries, has two all-around wins and a second-place finish in three meets. She is averaging 39.358 with a season-high mark of 39.575 at Stanford last Sunday. Li leads the Bruins with six individual victories this season. She has won bars in every meet she has competed, with two 9.95s and a 9.925 to her credit.

Frattone Has Successful Return -- Sophomore Tauny Frattone, who missed most of last season with injuries, has made a successful return to competition, ranking in the Top 20 nationally on vault and as high as No. 1 a week ago. Frattone has career-highs of 9.925 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.85 on floor and 38.725 in the all-around. She has picked up two first-place showings on vault and one on floor this season.

Models Of Consistency -- Sophomore Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and redshirt junior Brittani McCullough have been amongst UCLA's most consistent gymnasts the past two seasons. McCullough is a perfect 10-for-10 this year, with nine of her 10 marks at 9.8 or above. Hopfner-Hibbs is 8-for-8, with five scores at 9.8 or above. McCullough has 40 routines in a row without a fall, while Hopfner-Hibbs has hit 28 in a row.

Looking Ahead -- UCLA travels to Arizona for a dual meet in Tucson on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 pm MT.

NCAA West Regionals Coming To Pauley Pavilion In April -- UCLA will be hosting the NCAA West Regionals in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, April 10 at 6 pm. The NCAA Regional meet is the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships. The top two teams, as well as the top two all-around competitors not on an advancing team, from each of the six regionals around the country will receive an automatic berth to the 2010 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, being held April 22-24, at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships in that event only, if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around competition.

Lower-level reserved tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for youth. Mid-level general admission seats are $10 for adults and $8 for youth. Regional tickets are included in the UCLA Gymnastics season ticket package, which costs just $45 and includes the remaining four regular season meets.

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