GymDawgs Hit The Road For Tri-Meet At Stanford
Feb. 4, 2010
The No. 24 Washington gymnastics squad (0-4) hits the road for the second time this season for its first tri meet in 2010 on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m., facing No. 8 Stanford (3-2) along with Sacramento State (2-4) and San Jose State (5-3) in Palo Alto, Calif. The Huskies have had four dual meets thus far this season - all against top-10 teams - and will face yet another top-10 team in Stanford. Sac State and San Jose State are UW's first non-ranked opponents as they look to pick up their first win of the season.
Fans can watch this Sunday's meet with a Stanford All-Access pass, available for a small fee. Go to http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-gym/sched/stan-w-gym-sched.html for the webcast. Live stats will be available at the same link for free.
The Huskies bounced back from their first road trip and first disappointing meet of the season to perform well against No. 4 Utah at home. UW set season highs on two of four events (bars and beam) and had their second-best overall score of the season in a 195.850-194.650 loss to the Utes. Kristen Linton finished second on bars with a 9.850 while a trio of Huskies tied for second on floor, including Haley Bogart, Samantha Walior and Hatsune Akaogi, who each scored 9.800. Walior added a third-place finish on beam with a 9.850.
Huskies in the Rankings
The Huskies stayed at No. 24 this week after performing well against their fourth-straight top-10 team. UW has reached a high of No. 19 this season, which they garnered after a strong opening-week performance against No. 10 Nebraska. UW opened the season in the top-25 for the first time since 2006, coming in at No. 25.
The Huskies also appear in the top-25 in the event rankings, tying Stanford at No. 13 on beam and coming in at No. 18 on floor.
The Huskies face one of the toughest schedules in the country, competing against seven teams currently in the nation's top-10 including three of the top five. UW opens with five straight meets against top-10 teams, including No. 10 Nebraska, No. 6 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State, No. 4 Utah and No. 8 Stanford. After two weeks off from ranked opponents, UW faces No. 7 Arkansas, No. 18 Arizona and No. 2 Oklahoma over the following three weeks.
About the Huskies
UW came into the season ranked 25th, returning eight competitors from last year's squad that finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, the Huskies' best finish in six years. UW also advanced to the NCAA West Regionals for the third time in head coach Joanne Bowers' three-year tenure. UW has since moved up to No. 24, led by returning All-Pac-10 performer Hatsune Akaogi, who owns one all-around win this year when she tied then-No. 1 UCLA's All-American Anna Li. Juniors Samantha Walior, a First Team All-Pac-10 pick on floor last year, and Haley Bogart have also been solid for UW this year while five freshmen are contributing to a very young team that has no seniors.
Like the Huskies, the Cardinal have had a difficult schedule this season, coming away with a victory against then-No. 1 UCLA two weeks ago before falling to No. 5 Oregon State last weekend. Stanford's only other loss came at the hands of No. 9 Georgia in the season opener. The Cardinal, who finished eighth at NCAAs last season, boast six-time All-American and 2009 Pac-10 All-Around champion Carly Janiga, who won two events in the victory over UCLA. Junior Shelley Alexander has also been succesful this year, winning the vault last week against Oregon State.About the Series
Stanford holds a narrow 36-33 edge over the Huskies and have won the last four meets between the teams. Last year, the teams also faced each other in a quad meet, with Stanford finishing ahead of second-place UW in Seattle, 196.450-194.250.
Scouting Sacramento State
The Hornets have had three tri-meets this season, finishing second each time. Senior Eryn Stubblefield leads the way, having earned Western Athletic Conference co-Specialist of the Week following a win in the beam and vault in Sac State's meet against UC Davis and Seattle Pacific, scoring a 9.825 and 9.700, respectively. Junior Lissa Zamolo led the Hornets to a season-high score last week against Southern Utah and Cal State Fullerton with a win on beam.
About the Series
The Huskies are a perfect 16-0 all time against Sac State, including a win last year in Seattle in a tri-meet with Stanford and Seattle Pacific in which UW scored 194.250 to the Hornets 193.550.
Scouting San Jose State
The Spartans are coming off a season-best 193.800 in their most recent meet against Southern Utah. Two Spartans won events, including Thomasina Wallace on bars (9.900) and Tiffany Louie on floor (9.825). The Spartans have one notable victory this season, knocking off California in a tri-meet in Berkeley with UCLA, scoring 191.950.
About the Series
UW is undefeated in 16 meets all time against the Spartans, compiling a 15-0-1 record. The last time the teams met up was at last year's NCAA Regionals in Seattle, when the teams tied for fifth with identical 194.800 scores.