Top-10 Showdown Highlights Schedule
For the second time in as many weeks the Pac-12 Conference will highlight a top-10 matchup when No. 7 OREGON STATE plays host to No. 4 Oklahoma. The Sooners will travel to Corvallis fresh off of taking first place at the "Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic" in Lexington, Ky., with a score of 195.875. Oklahoma captured all four individual event titles in extending its nation-leading regular season meet winning streak to 32.
Five other Pac-12 teams will be in action this week. No. 16 WASHINGTON will travel to No. 14 Boise State in what should be a good early season test for the Huskies. No. 5 UTAH will host in-state rival Utah State while No. 8 STANFORD will host the Norcal Quad Meet. In the only Conference meet of the week, No. 1 UCLA will travel to CALIFORNIA.
Friday, January 13
No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 7 OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah State at No. 5 UTAH, 7 p.m.
No. 16 WASHINGTON at No. 14 Boise State, 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 15
No. 1 UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
Norcal Quad Meet at No. 8 STANFORD, 2 p.m.
All times are local to site.
Rankings from 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll provided by troester.com.
ARIZONA: The Wildcats opened the season at the Cancun Classic where their 195.100 earned them a second place finish in a field that included No. 11 Arkansas (196.450), No. 17 Auburn (194.775), No. 25 Iowa (193.875) and No. 12 LSU (192.500). Junior Aubree Cristello led the Wildcats with her all-around performance, tying for fourth place with a 39.150. Arizona also received strong performances from seniors Katie Matusik, who scored 9.900 on the bars, and Deanna Graham's 9.825 on the vault.
ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State edged UC Davis 190.850-190.500 in its season opener. Beate Jones led the Sun Devils with a fine performance on the floor which earned her a 9.700. Freshmen Brianna Gades and Natelle Gentile had stellar collegiate debuts, both scoring 9.675 on the beam.
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears traveled to the Hornets Nest on the campus of Sacramento State to earn the first victory of the Danna Durante era with a score of 190.375-189.725. California was led by junior Madisyn O'Brien, who captured the all-around with a score of 38.625, highlighted by a first-place score of 9.750 on the vault.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State opens its 2012 season hosting No. 7 Oklahoma. The Sooners hold a 7-5 advantage in the series history. The Beavers will look to start strong this year and will be led by returning All-Americans Makayla Stambaugh, Leslie Mak, and Olivia Vivian.
STANFORD: The Cardinal are set to open the 2012 campaign when they host the Norcal Quad Meet at Burnham Pavillion. Coach Kristen Smyth will look to lead the Cardinal back to the NCAA Championships, where they have reached the Super Six finals five times since Smyth took over the program in 2002. Seniors Alyssa Brown and Nicole Pechanec will lead the squad in a very competitive Pac-12 Conference...Kristina Vaculik, a Stanford gymnast taking a year off from school in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, helped Canada advance to the London Games during an Olympic Qualifying Test Event on Jan. 11.
UCLA: UCLA enters the week as the No. 1 ranked team in the country for the second week in a row. Narrowly escaping with the 196.075-196.025 victory over No. 5 Utah, the Bruins will travel to California this week for their second Conference meet in as many weeks. UCLA was led by sophomore Samantha Peszek and senior Tauny Frattone, earning Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-12 Special Performance of the Week honors, respectively, for the week of Jan. 2-8.
UTAH: Utah will look to rebound this week after just falling short to No. 1 UCLA 196.075-196.025, in its season opener. The Utes received strong individual performances from senior Stephanie McAllister and freshman Georgia Dabritz, who claimed individual titles on the floor and vault, respectively. Utah hosts in-state rival Utah State on Friday night in Salt Lake City.
WASHINGTON: Washington posted an impressive 193.175-191.825 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., in its season opener. Washington was led by Ruby Engreitz and Lauren Rogers, who placed first and second, respectively, in the all-around. Washington will head to Boise, Idaho, to take on the No. 14 Broncos on Friday night.