No. 7 Beavers Travel to Tempe to Face No. 22 Sun Devils

Feb. 24, 2010

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THE MEET ... The No. 7 Oregon State gymnastics team (9-1) returns to the road this week to take on No. 22 Arizona State (2-7) at Wells Fargo Arena, Friday at 6:30 p.m. PST. This week's trip to Tempe is the second of four straight road trips to face top 25 teams for the Beavers - (UCLA, ASU, LSU and Utah).

THE SERIES ... The Beavers lead the all-time series with the Sun Devils 38-21-2 and have beaten the Pac-10 rival eight straight times, dating back to 2006 when the Beavers lost at Tempe. Overall, OSU trails the series 7-9-1 in the desert.

WHAT'S COMING UP ... Next week, Oregon State continues its string of road meets when the team travels to Baton Rouge, La. to face LSU next Friday, Mar. 5.

IN THE RANKINGS ... All four of Oregon State's lineups are ranked in this week's Top 10. The Beavers are ranked fourth on vault, sixth on the uneven bars, seventh on the balance beam and second on the floor exercise ... in addition, several OSU gymnasts are ranked among the top 15 in the nation: Mandi Rodriguez (9.890 average) is tied for seventh and Becky Colvin (9.885) is 10th on vault; Laura-Ann Chong (9.880) is fifth on bars; Rodriguez (9.980) is tied for fourth on the floor; Rodriguez is tied for fourth in the all-around (39.370).

MILESTONE FOR MANDI ... Senior Mandi Rodriguez reached another milestone last week when she scored a 9.90 on the balance beam. The 9.90 on the beam is the highest score of her career on the apparatus and now gives her career-bests of 9.90 or better on all four events becoming just the six OSU gymnast to record a score of 9.90 or better on all four events in her career - Annie Campbell, Jami Lanz, Lindsay Nelson, Chelsea Plourde and Tanya Ricioli-Hebron.

UPDATES FROM THE PRACTICE GYM ... Freshman Kelsi Blalock, who sprained her ankle during warm-ups three weeks ago at California, has resumed light practice in the gym. She is performing basic skills on the uneven bars and is back to running this week. She is not expected to travel with the team to Arizona State this week ... Sophomore Leslie Mak, who sprained her elbow during warm-ups at Ohio State last month, returned to the beam lineup a week later. Mak returned to the floor exercise lineup Sunday at UCLA and scored 9.775. Mak has also begun to swing on the bars and this week has started to train her release (Jaeger) but her return to the event is not considered imminent ... Freshman Makayla Stambaugh, who banged her knee and then a toe during her bars routine at UCLA, will not those bumps and bruises slow her. However, a sore ankle that kept her out of the beam and floor lineups last week remains questionable on those events this week ... Freshman Leilani Alferos will be sidelined for a couple weeks after a bicycle accident Monday.

LAST TIME ON THE FLOOR ... The Beavers didn't have their best meet of the season as they'd hoped and lost for the first time in 2010 when then-No. 9 UCLA posted its highest score in five years, 196.325-197.375 ... the Beavers did not count a fall for the third straight week ... Mandi Rodriguez scored 9.90 on the beam to win the individual title and added a 9.925 on the vault to tie for the meet high ... Melanie Jones, who has been in the floor exercise lineup three times, scored 9.90 for the third time ... Laura-Ann Chong tied her career-high on the uneven bars with a 9.925 ... Leslie Mak (elbow) returned to the floor lineup for the first time since opening night and scored 9.775 ... Makayla Stambaugh (ankle) only performed on the vault and bars.

NO WEBCAST FOR SEASON FINALE ... Due to a schedule conflict, Oregon State Athletics will be unable to provide a web stream of the March 19 gymnastics meet against Kentucky. In place of the live webcast, the Oregon State Sports Video team will provide a highlight video the following day, free of charge.

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