This Week In Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics

Jan. 28, 2003

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Week Five of Ten: Riding the Midway...
Pac-10 teams enter their fifth week of competition but not before a weekend of upsets...No. 1 UCLA's win streak was ended by OREGON STATE who edged them out by a score of 195.750-195.475, CALIFORNIA was beat by STANFORD, ARIZONA beat No. 5 Utah for the first time since 1976 while WASHINGTON won a dual meet beating ARIZONA and San Jose State...Nationally, six of the seven Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top-20...UCLA fell to No. 5 while ARIZONA STATE, STANFORD, WASHINGTON, OREGON STATE AND ARIZONA maintained its Top-20 positions ranked at No. 6, No. 9, No. 10, No. 12 and No. 13 respectively...This week be on the look out for tough match-ups as rivals ARIZONA STATE and ARIZONA meet; CALIFORNIA travels to Boise State; OREGON STATE faces Seattle Pacific and San Jose at the farm, while WASHINGTON heads to Florida in a dual meet with Rhode Island and George Washington...Look for UCLA to bounce back Sunday as they face Arkansas at home..

Fri., January 31

CALIFORNIA @ Boise State, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE, Seattle Pacific, San Jose @ STANFORD, 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON, Rhode Island, George Washington @ Florida, 4 p.m.

Sun., February 2
Arkansas @ UCLA, 2 p.m.

All times local (meet site) and subject to change

Fri., January 24
WASHINGTON 197.000; ARIZONA 194.650;San Jose State 193.275
STANFORD 195.250; CALIFORNIA 192.950
OREGON STATE 195.750; UCLA 195.475
ARIZONA STATE 197.450; Utah 197.150


ARIZONA - No. 15 ARIZONA (3-1,1-1) finished in second place (194.650) behind first-place WASHINGTON (197.00) in a triangular meet on Friday...ARIZONA placed second in each team category...Sophomore Monica Bisordi finished fifth in the all-around (38.875) fourth on bars with a career-high 9.875 and tied for fourth on floor with teammate Katie Johnson (9.875)...Sophomore Jamie Duce made her all-around debut for the Wildcats, finishing with an all-around score of 38.525...ARIZONA returns home to take on intra-state rival ARIZONA STATE on Friday, January 31.

ARIZONA STATE - ARIZONA STATE - No. 15 Sun Devils (4-1,1-0) defeated No. 5 Utah 197.450-197.150, Friday night for the first time since 1976... Virtually no mistakes by ARIZONA STATE sent the Utes to its second loss at home this year, something experienced only once before by a Ute team in its 28-year history...Senior Ashley Ellsberry tied for the all-around title at 39.600 which is also a career high...Vault was won by Carla DeMartini (9.925) and beam by Ellsberry (9.95), tying another career-high...The Sun Devils travel to Tucson Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. against in-state rival Arizona.

CALIFORNIA - No. 10 STANFORD (4-1,2-0) defeated CALIFORNIA (3-2,0-2) in the Bears' home opener, 195.250- 192.950, Friday evening at Haas Pavilion...The loss was not without merit though, as several Bears received personal high marks throughout the evening...For the second week in a row, freshman Monique Chang recorded a team-high 9.850 on the vault to finish second in the event...Freshman Britani Pittullo was the lone bright spot on the balance beam for the Bears finishing fourth with a career best score of 9.800 and sophomore Lauren Shipp added her personal best mark of 9.850...CALIFORNIA notched its best mark of the evening on floor, besting Stanford 48.750 - 48.550 in the event My-Lan Dodd and Stephanie Kim shined for the Bears, as Dodd recorded a 9.850, good for first place, and Kim tied her personal best score of 9.825 to finish in fourth....CALIFORNIA returns to action on Friday, January 31 traveling to Idaho to face off against Boise State.

OREGON STATE - Tanya Ricioli scored a 9.875 on her floor routine to clinch a victory over No. 1 UCLA 195.750-195.475...The top-ranked Bruins led 147.375-146.725 after three rotations however, UCLA struggled on beam while OREGON STATE (3-2,1-2) was solid on floor...The Beavers clinched the win when Ricioli nailed her floor routine for a 9.875, allowing the Beavers to drop a 9.575 and walk away with the upset win....Freshmen Chrissy Lamun and Angela Morales turned in a pair of 9.825's in their debut floor routines...After struggling last week on the bars OREGON STATE responded with a 49.000, led by a 9.875 from Elizabeth Jillson, a 9.825 from Ricioli and a career-high 9.800 from Lamun...The Beavers look to continue their winning ways in traveling to STANFORD in a dual meet on Friday, January 31 with Seattle Pacific and San Jose.

STANFORD - No. 10 STANFORD (4-1,2-0) won three events plus the all-round en route to a 195.250-192.950 victory over rival CALIFORNIA Friday evening...The Cardinal took a slim lead after the first rotation and never looked back outscoring CALIFORNIA on three of the four events...Freshman Natalie Foley led the charge on vault, capturing the event with a 9.875 and a season-best performance of 9.925 on the bars...Junior Caroline Fluhrer posted a 9.900 to tie for second place. The Cardinal dominated the balance beam scoring an impressive 48.975 and captured four of the top five scores...STANFORD returns to action on Friday, January 31 to host its first meet of the season, the Cardinal will face off against OREGON STATE, San Jose State and Seattle Pacific in Burnham Pavilion.

UCLA - No. 1 UCLA (6-1,1-1) gymnastics team let a .65 lead heading into the final rotation slip away and lost 195.75-195.475 to No. 13 OREGON STATE...The Bruins scored just a 48.1 on the balance beam which has been the Bruins top event this season...Freshman Kate Richardson won the all-around scoring a 39.525, and took first place on beam and floor with a 9.950 and 9.900 respectively...Junior Jeanette Antolin placed second on the all-around with a career-high 39.425 and tied for first on vault with teammate Onnie Willis (9.900)...Junior Jamie Dantzscher, the defending NCAA all-around champion, competed on just one event and placed first on the uneven bars with a 9.900...The Bruins were competing without head coach Valorie Kondos Field, who was absent while attending to personal matters...The Bruins are back in action hosting Arkansas on Sunday, February 2.

WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (2-1) posted the second highest score (197.000) in school history to win a three-way meet with No.15 ARIZONA (194.650) and San Jose State (193.275)...The Huskies were led by junior Emily Pritchard who won the all-around with a score of 39.425 and finished in the top five of all four competitions...Stacy Wong tied her career high score on balance beam with a 9.950 to take first while freshman Kelly McDonald took first on vault at 9.900...Carly Dockendorf and Tacia LaBatte shared top honors on floor with a score of 9.950...The Huskies travel to Florida Friday January 31 for a meet dual meet with George Washington and Rhode Island.

Gymnast of the Week: Tanya Ricioli

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Tanya Ricioli of OREGON STATE has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for January 26-February 1. Ricioli led the Beavers to an upset win over No. 1 UCLA last week, good for OREGON STATES first win over the Bruins since 1998. Ricioli finished the meet with a 39.250 in the all-around, with her floor score clinching the victory for the Beavers. The Bruins had finished competing and had scored a 195.475, but Ricioli, the final competitor, needed to hit her floor routine in order for the Beavers to win. Heading into her routine, OREGON STATE had a score of 195.450, slightly behind UCLA. Ricioli nailed her routine for a 9.875, allowing the Beavers to drop a 9.575 and finish with a 195.750 to overtake the Bruins. Her 9.875 was good for a tie for second place on floor, and she also tied for second with a 9.875 on beam. Her 9.825 on bars was good for third. She finished third in the all-around with a 39.250, which was her 10th career 39-plus all-around score. That moves her into a tie for third on OREGON STATES list of career 39-plus scores.

ALSO NOMINATED: Ashley Ellsberry, ARIZONA STATE; Britani Pittullo, CALIFORNIA; Natalie Foley, STANFORD; Kate Richardson, UCLA.

Previous Winners: January 21-Onnie Willis

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