California Heads to Desert to Face No. 9 Arizona

Feb. 4, 2002


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WHATS ON TAP: After losing to Arizona State last weekend, the Golden Bears look to salvage a meet versus the Arizona schools as Cal visits Arizona at the McKale Center. Since the win over Oregon State (193.250-193.125) in their first Pac-10 meet two weeks ago, the Bears have dropped their last two match-ups against conference opponents.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: No. 19 Arizona State handed Cal its second straight loss of the season as the Sun Devils prevailed, 195.025-191.525, last Sunday at the RSF Field House. The Bears stayed close behind ASU through the second rotation as the Sun Devils held on to a 97.400-96.875 lead. But Cal faltered on the floor exercise, tallying a 46.425, their season low on the event to allow ASU to pull away. The Devils swept the top spot on every event including the all-around where ASU's Maggie Germaine collected a 38.700. The Bears are 2-18 all-time versus ASU.

BUACK, DODD CARRY BEARS: With the injury bug hitting the Bears, including veterans Karissa Chock, Carrie Kreifels and Katreece Stone, the Bears have leaned heavily on the performance of many freshman. Sheilah Buack and My-Lan Dodd have carried the load in addition to Tara Capsuto, Adrienne Garcia and Miho Maeda. Dodd, particularly, has been a key contributor in 2002, performing in the all-around. In the first meet of the season vs. Cal State Fullerton, she won the event after scoring a 39.125. Dodd has performed the all-around in four of five meets thus far. Buack performed in every event for the first time last week against ASU, tallying a 37.975. The Yorba Linda native also set career-highs in that meet with a 9.525 on the vault and a 9.750 on the bars. Maeda, a bars specialist, set a new career-high on the event with a 9.700 and also participated on the beam for the first time in her career, scoring 9.475.

INJURY REPORT: All-arounder Karissa Chock went down with an ankle injury last Sunday vs. ASU in the floor event. After scoring a 9.725, 9.775 and 9.725 on the vault, bars and beam, respectively. The sophomore tumbled out of bounds in the middle of her floor routine, hurting her ankle in the process. She will be out for an indefinite period of time. Freshman Lauren Shipp also injured her foot, tweaking her right ankle during practice last week. Her status is also unknown at this time. Shipp made her collegiate debut in Cal's trip up to Seattle and took first place on both the vault (9.650) and the beam (9.725) against Seattle Pacific.

SCOUTING ARIZONA: The ninth ranked Wildcats (6-2, 1-1) have battled a host of heavy weights thus far in 2002. UA faced the likes of then-No. 13 Oklahoma, then-No. 3 Michigan, then-No. 4 Utah, No. 11 UCLA and No. 7 Stanford. The 'Cats swept through the Sooners and Wolverines in the Maui Invite while losing to the Utes in a dual meet, Jan. 18. However, UA tallied it highest score of the season with a 196.100. The Wildcats upset then-third ranked Bruins and 2001 defending national champs by the score of 195.175-195.100. Last weekend, the Cardinal needed a season-high of 197.250 to dispatch Arizona, who scored the team's fourth highest score of 195.175. The Wildcats are led by senior all-arounder and 2001 All-American Randi Liljenquist, who has two NCAA Championship appearances under her belt. Seniors Lindsay Compitello and Nicci Filchner complete the tri-captaincy and are key contributors to this season's squad. Head coach Bill Ryden has a 36-53-1 record in his fourth year with Arizona.

BAKER LEAVES TEAM: Senior Lindsay Baker has left the Cal gymnastics team due to personal reasons, coach Trina Tinti announced Monday. The all-arounder did not compete in last Sunday's loss to ASU.

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