California Hosts No. 19 Arizona State at RSF
Jan. 28, 2002
WHATS ON TAP: The Golden Bears (3-1) host their second Pac-10 meet of 2002 as 19th-ranked Arizona State (1-2) comes into town to face Cal. The Bears look to reverse a trend in which the Sun Devils have won 17 of 19 meetings between the two schools.
MEET MOVED TO RSF: Cal's meet versus Arizona State has been moved from Haas Pavilion to the Recreational Sports Facility Field House due to current facility restrictions. The Bears' two remaining home meets are currently slated for Haas Pavilion.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: Cal took a split on the road last weekend as it defeated Seattle Pacific, 189.100-187.300, Friday evening, while losing, 194.800-192.625, Sunday afternoon to Washington. Against the Falcons, Lauren Shipp shined in her collegiate debut as she took first place in two events with a 9.650 on the vault and a 9.725 on the beam. On Sunday, freshman My-Lan Dodd matched a career and season-high on bars (9.850), as she tied the Huskies' Emily Pritchard for first place in the event.
YET ANOTHER FRESHMAN STEPS UP: With the exception of exhibition events, Lauren Shipp had not performed in any event in her collegiate career until last weekend. With two meets in three days, coach Trina Tinti gave some of her younger competitors a chance to perform, so that all gymnasts would have an opportunity to rest. Not only did Shipp perform well for her first time, but she won both events in which she participated. Against Washington, Shipp didn't miss a beat, connecting on the vault and the beam, eclipsing Friday's marks with 9.850 (vault) and a 9.750 (beam).
HOT START: Before falling to the Huskies last Sunday, the Bears were 3-0 with Friday's win over Seattle Pacific. The start for Cal was the best since 1992 when the Bears went 6-0. The '92 squad was the only team in the history of the program that has ever qualified for the NCAA Championships (finishing eighth place).
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE: Although the 19th-ranked Devils own a 1-2 record heading into Sunday's meet, ASU has had a tough early season schedule. After dispatching Utah State, 193.350-191.700, the Devils faced the defending national champion UCLA Bruins, losing 195.325-192.125. Last week, ASU was edged by defending Pac-10 champion Stanford, 195.775-195.450 at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils are led by sophomore All-American Maggie Germaine, who had an event high of 9.900 on the floor this season. Head coach John Spini is in his 22nd year leading the Sun Devils and has an overall record of 271-95-1.