No. 11 Arizona Gymnastics Takes On No. 21 Oregon State Friday

Feb. 11, 2002

What's Coming Up - The No. 11 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (7-2, 2-1 Pac-10) travels to Corvallis, Ore., to battle the No. 21 Oregon State Beavers (3-3-1, 1-1-1 Pac-10) Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m. (PST). Last season, the Wildcats defeated the Beavers on Feb. 2, 2001, 195.175-194.750, in McKale Center. The all-time series is tied at 16-16. Arizona is coming off its second Pac-10 victory of the season, as the Wildcats defeated the California Golden Bears, 194.725- 138.825, on Feb. 8, in McKale Center.

Last Time Out - The No. 9 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team defeated California in a lop-sided victory, 194.725- 138.825, on Friday, Feb. 8, in front of a crowd of 670 in McKale Center. California competed with an incomplete lineup due to gymnasts' injuries and illnesses, giving Arizona its second Pac-10 victory of the season.

Arizona easily dominated the competition and tallied team victories in each event. The Cats won their sixth straight vault title with a score of 49.125, tying the fifth-best all-time mark in school history. Arizona tied its fourth-highest score of the season on bars (48.425) and posted a season-high 49.400 on floor, which ranks as the second-highest floor mark in school history. The Wildcats also took top individual honors in each team event. Four Wildcat gymnasts - Monica Bisordi, Stevie Fanning, Katie Johnson and Jamie Schell - each set or tied season-high and career-high marks in Friday's meet.

Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Monica Bisordi scored a season-high 39.125 to win her first career all-around title. Bisordi tied for first-place honors on beam (9.750), finished third on vault (9.825), fifth on floor (9.800) and third on bars with a career-high 9.750. Freshman Stevie Fanning had a solid performance for the Cats, tying Bisordi for first on beam (9.750) to win her first career beam title. Fanning also won her first career title on bars with a season-high 9.900.

Freshman Katie Johnson won her fourth floor title of the season, tying a personal-best 9.975 in the event. Johnson finished third on beam (9.725) and fourth on vault (9.800). Sophomore Andi McCabe won her third vault title (9.875) and finished fourth on floor (9.825).

Senior Randi Liljenquist finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.750. Liljenquist also finished second on vault (9.850), bars (9.800) and floor (9.925).

Scouting Oregon State - The No. 21 Oregon State Beavers enter Friday's meet with a 3-3-1 overall record and a 1-1-1 mark in the Pac-10 Conference. This season, the Beavers rank No. 3 in the West Region, and the team's high total for the year is 195.800. Oregon State has posted victories over Washington, Cal State Fullerton and Southern Utah, and tied No. 16 Arizona State. The Beavers recorded losses to Denver, California and BYU. Oregon State has eight returning letterwinners, including sophomore All-American Tanya Ricioli, and seven freshman newcomers. Head Coach Tanya Chaplin (UCLA, 1990) is in her fifth year at the helm of the Oregon State program and has a school and career record of 65-50-1.

Wildcats in the Rankings - Arizona began the 2002 season ranked No. 17 in the preseason coaches' poll. After posting a 194.725 against California (Feb. 8), the Cats slid two spots to a No. 11 national ranking this week. Arizona remains third in the South Central Region behind No. 2 Nebraska and No. 1 Oklahoma. As a team, Arizona remains the No. 1 team in the nation on vault, No. 7 on floor, No. 18 on bars and No. 24 on beam. Individually for the Wildcats, freshman Katie Johnson is ranked No. 4, on floor and sophomore Andi McCabe is No. 4 on vault. Senior Randi Liljenquist is ranked No. 9 in the nation on floor, and freshman Monica Bisordi is ranked No. 14 on vault.

Home Sweet Home - After posting its second Pac-10 win against California on Friday, Arizona improved to a perfect 4-0 at home for the season. The Wildcats are 0-2 away from McKale Center and 3-0 at neutral sites. Arizona has two more remaining home meets this season, including a dual meet against Pac-10 rival Washington and a quadrangular meet against No. 12 Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Washington.

Taking Care of Business - Arizona is the No. 1 vault team in the nation and for good reason. Arizona is undefeated in the vault team event so far this season, going a perfect 9-0 during that stretch. The Cats have posted marks that rank in UA's all-time top-10 list in each meet this season, including a team record 49.375 against Stanford on Feb. 1.

Bill Ryden's Weekly Analysis - 'We have been making a few changes to our bars and beam lineups. We have had some great success on vault and floor, and we are trying to find our strongest lineups for each event. We have many gymnasts performing great for us, which makes our team more competitive.'

'Oregon State is an outstanding team. They are a well coached team that is always good, especially at home. Their biggest threat to us is consistency. They are historically a very consistent team that always competes at a high level. I feel we can match up with them very well, but we have to limit our mistakes. Our team has worked very hard in practice, and I feel we are ready for the challenge.'

A Look Ahead - Arizona will return home to take on the Washington Huskies on, Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., in McKale Center.


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