UCLA At Cal State Fullerton Friday For Tri-Meet

Feb. 24, 2010

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UCLA At Cal State Fullerton - Third-ranked UCLA (7-2) will compete at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Feb. 26 in a tri-meet with the host Titans and Utah State. The meet will take place at Titan Gym at 7 pm.

In The Rankings - With rankings determined now by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), UCLA moved up to third with a RQS of 196.365. The Bruins maintain the No. 1 position on bars with a 49.255 RQS and move up to first on vault as well (49.305). UCLA is also ranked fifth on floor (49.085) and ninth on beam (48.825).

Individually, none of the Bruins have enough qualifying meets to be eligible for the all-around rankings. However, Anna Li moves back to the No. 1 ranking on uneven bars with a 9.905 RQS and is also ranked 25th on vault (9.840). Vanessa Zamarripa is second on balance beam (9.895) and fifth on vault (9.895). Brittani McCullough is 15th on bars (9.835) and 18th on floor (9.85). Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs ranks ninth on beam (9.85), Tauny Frattone ranks 14th on vault (9.875), and Lichelle Wong ranks 18th on bars (9.830).

Scouting The Opponents - Cal State Fullerton does not have enough meets to post a RQS and therefore is not ranked. The Titans have a season-high score of 192.975, set last weekend. Utah State ranks 44th with a RQS of 190.165 and a season-high score of 191.650.

Bruins Record Highest Team Score In Five Years - UCLA posted its highest team score since 2005, earning 197.375 to hand third-ranked Oregon State (196.325) its first loss of the season last Sunday. The Bruins got season-high team scores on vault (49.375) and floor (49.475) and posted their second-highest beam score this year with a 49.225. Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around for the third-straight meet, scoring a career-high tying 39.675. She also recorded first-place finishes on vault (9.925) and floor exercise (career-high 9.95) and was second on the two others events, uneven bars (9.925) and balance beam (9.875).

Zamarripa Repeats As Pac-10 Gymnast Of The Week - For the second-consecutive week, sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa was selected the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week. Zamarripa won the all-around (39.675), vault (9.925) and floor (9.95), and was second on bars (9.925) and beam (9.875) as the ninth-ranked Bruins upset then-No. 3 Oregon State, 197.375-196.325. The team score was the highest score in the last five years for UCLA. Zamarripa won her third-straight all-around competition, tying a career high in the all-around. For the season, she has scored a 9.9 or greater on 15 of her 26 routines across all apparatuses.

Setting The Bar - The Bruins have been ranked No. 1 in the nation on the uneven bars since Jan. 25, no doubt due to their extreme consistency on the event. In eight meets, the Bruins have hit 46 of 48 bar routines, with 32 routines scoring 9.8 or higher and 14 routines scoring 9.9 or higher. Two Bruins are averaging 9.9 or higher - Vanessa Zamarripa (9.925) and Anna Li (9.918). UCLA averages 49.259 on the event, with a high of 49.55 set vs. Stanford. The 49.55 was the ninth-best bars score in UCLA history.

New Lineup Has Bruins Beaming - After some struggles on the balance beam, the Bruin coaching staff implemented a new strategy last weekend, putting up two of the team's most consistent beam workers as the leadoff gymnasts to stabilize the lineup. The strategy worked, as the Bruins scored 49.225, its second-highest of the year. Anna Li, who had anchored beam most of the season, led off with a 9.85, a score that was equaled by Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs in the No. 2 spot. Following a fall in the No. 3 slot, Aisha Gerber and Vanessa Zamarripa delivered with routines scoring 9.8 and 9.875, respectively. Competing last, Mizuki Sato needed a hit routine for the Bruins to avoid a fall, and she responded with a career-high tying 9.85.

High-Scoring Zamarripa - Sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa has been racking up some big scores this season for the Bruins. Fifteen of her 26 routines have scored 9.9 or higher. Remarkably, her highest marks have come on balance beam, where the margin of error is much greater than on any other event. Zamarripa has a 9.975, a 9.95 and a 9.9 to her credit this year, with the two highest scores coming on the road (9.975 at Stanford, 9.95 at Arizona). Zamarripa is ranked in the Top 5 nationally on two events - beam (2nd) and vault (5th).

Models Of Consistency - Sophomore Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and redshirt junior Brittani McCullough have been amongst UCLA's most consistent gymnasts the past two seasons. Hopfner-Hibbs is a perfect 18-for-18, with 14 scores at 9.8 or above and six at 9.9 or above, and has hit 36 consecutive routines without a fall. McCullough is 21-for-22 this year and has hit 51 of her last 52 routines without a fall. Eighteen of her 22 routines have scored 9.8 or above.

Li's All-Around Excellence - Senior Anna Li has made a triumphant return to all-around competition, scoring 39+ in six all-around attempts, with a high of 39.575. Li, who had not gone all-around since 2008 due to injuries, has three all-around wins in five meets. She is averaging 39.340 with a season-high mark of 39.575 at Stanford. Li ranks second on the team with 10 individual victories this season and has won bars in five of the six meets in which she has competed, with a 9.975, two 9.95s and two 9.925s to her credit.

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