No. 24 Sun Devils Host UNO's Classic Friday

Feb. 16, 2004

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This Week --The 5-3 and 24th-ranked Arizona State University Sun Devils return home this Friday, February 20 to play host to No. 4 Utah and Air Force at 7:00 p.m. MT in the UNO's Classic at Wells Fargo Arena. The Utes are 5-1, and coming off their first loss of the year at Michigan (196.725-196.350). The Sun Devils defeated No. 5 Utah in Salt Lake City last year, 197.5-197.15, giving head coach John Spini his first victory over the Utes there in 23 years. ASU trails the all-time series with Utah, 17-52-1, but is 7-5-1 in meets in Tempe. ASU is 2-0 all-time versus Air Force.

ASU In The Rankings --Arizona State debuted at No. 9 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released Dec. 14. Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected to win the NCAA crown with 938 votes and 27 first-place bids. ASU received 628 votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 6 Stanford (751), No. 11 Oregon State (447) and No. 15 Washington (370). Arizona (17th, 290) and California (21st, 157) rounded out the list of Pac-10 teams in the top-25. This week, with the rankings based upon total season average, ASU is ranked 18th. For info access

ASU Faces Nation's Finest --Arizona State will face nine (almost half) of the nation's top 22 teams in 2004 according to the preseason coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils will meet in 2004, UCLA was No. 1, Utah was No. 4, Stanford was No. 6, Nebraska was No. 8, Oregon State was No. 11, Washington was No. 15, Arizona was No. 17, California was No. 21 and Minnesota was No. 22. Six of those meetings are at home in Wells Fargo Arena.

Last Week --ASU was forced to count two falls on the meet's first event (uneven bars) and did not recover, losing to No. 18 Washington, 197.325-193.075, at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. The 17th-ranked Sun Devils did not win an event title in the meet and saw their record fall to 5-3. Freshman Cassandra Jusino was a bright spot, finishing in a tie for third in the all-around with a career-high score of 39.45. ASU's first three competitors - April Boone (8.8), Carla DeMartini (9.1) and Maggie Germaine (9.025) - had falls on bars. Jusino rallied the Sun Devils with a 9.8 while Ashley Kelly and Kari Muth followed with scores of 9.875 and 9.825, respectively. ASU scored a season-low on bars (47.625). It did not get much better for the Sun Devils on the floor exercise as they scored season-low 48.1. Once again, ASU had to count two falls in its score (a 9.425 by Boone and a 9.2 by Germaine).

Meet Highlights In 2004 --ASU-Oregon State (2/6/04): ASU used a school record 49.525 on bars and many career and season-high individual scores to beat No. 20 Oregon State, 196.975-196. 7. ASU's team score of 196.975 was a season-high. Ashley Kelly won the balance beam and placed second on bars, winning the all-around title with a season-high 39.575. Maggie Germaine posted a season-high 9.9 on vault and won. Cassandra Jusino also scored a season-high 9.875 to tie for second. The Sun Devils scored a season-high 49.025 on vault. ASU set a school record on bars (49.525), breaking the mark of 49.500 set last year (Kentucky, 3/21). Kari Muth scored a career-high 9.95 on ASU's first bars routine, winning the title. Jusino then scored 9.925 for ASU's second straight career-high on bars, tying for second with Kelly (9.925). April Boone turned in a career-high 9.9 to place fourth. Kelly won the balance beam with a season-high 9.95. Muth's 9.85 on beam was a season-high while ASU senior Jada Cox posted a 9.825. Winning first-place on floor with a career-high was Germaine (9.975). Cox tied a career-high (9.875). ASU's floor score of 49.650 was a season-high.

ASU-UCLA/CS-Fullerton (2/1/04): ASU scored its highest point total of the year and placed second in a three-team meet at UCLA. The Sun Devils scored a 195.925., losing to the No. 6 Bruins (197.550) and defeating unranked CS-Fullerton (191.950). Ashley Kelly placed third in the all-around, scoring a 39.5. She tied for second (9.85, tied season-high) on vault, placed fifth on uneven bars (9.85), fourth on balance beam (9.9, tied season-high) and fourth on floor (9.9, tied season-high). Maggie Germaine had her best meet of '04, scoring 39.05 in the all-around, placing tied for fourth with Cassandra Jusino. Germaine, who has performed this year with an ankle injury, tied for fourth on vault (9.8). Jusino tied for seventh on bars with a 9.775. Other ASU highlights included Carla DeMartini's tie for fourth on vault with a 9.8, April Boone placing sixth on bars (9.8), Jada Cox placing seventh on beam (9.85, season-high) and Kari Muth tying for fifth on floor (9.825, season-high). DeMartini also set a season-high (9.775) on floor while Amber Giorgianni set a season-high on beam (9.775). Muth also set a season-high on beam (9.8). Lauren Powell missed the meet with a dislocated shoulder she suffered during practice and is expected to be out 2-3 weeks.ASU-Cal/SJSU/Utah State (1/23/04): ASU went on the road for the first time in 2004 and turned in a sub-par performance, finishing second of four at the University of California Invitational meet Friday. Cal won the meet, scoring 195.95. The Sun Devils were second (194.25), followed by Utah State (194.15) and San Jose State (193.875). ASU suffered numerous falls, including one on vault by senior Maggie Germaine (8.525), two on balance beam by senior Amber Giorgianni (9.125) and freshman Cassandra Jusino (9.2) and one on floor by Ashley Kelly (9.25). ASU's top finisher on vault was Kelly with a 9.85, good for third-place. Kelly tied for first on the uneven bars with a 9.9 with Cal's My-Lan Dodd and Utah State's Alexandra Martin. Kelly and Dodd tied for first again on balance beam with 9.9's. This discipline is where ASU suffered two falls on the third and fourth routines by Giorgianni and Jusino. Sophomore Lauren Powell posted a 9.725 while teammates Kari Muth scored a 9.675 and Germaine a 9.625. Jusino placed second on floor (9.9).ASU-Stanford (1/18/04): In the season opener for ASU, the Sun Devils upset No. 6-ranked Stanford, 195.825-195.500 at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory snapped a nine-meet losing streak against Stanford and was the first win since the April, 2000 Pacific-10 Championships which were hosted by ASU in Wells Fargo Arena. Freshman Cassandra Jusino capped a marvelous debut by placing third in the all-around (39.35) and winning the vault title (9.825). She placed third in both the floor exercise (9.85) and the balance beam (9.85). Jusino averaged 9.8375 in four events in her first career meet. Ashley Kelly won all-around honors, scoring a 39.525. Kelly won the beam (9.9) and bars (9.95) titles and placed second on floor (9.9). Lauren Powell, who missed the entire 2003 season with an elbow injury, placed fifth on bars (9.875), sixth on floor (9.8) and seventh on beam (9.775).

ASU In The National Team & Individual Rankings --As a team, ASU is ranked 24th this week, based upon season average score (195.21) ... the Sun Devils are ranked 24th nationally on the balance beam (48.745) ... ASU is ranked 23rd on the uneven bars (48.76) ... Sophomore Ashley Kelly is 9th (9.9) on uneven bars.

Spini Now Has 156 Career Home Wins --Head coach John Spini, now in his 24th year, has compiled 156 career victories at home, with the 2003 UNO's Classic wins over No. 25 California and Rutgers being Nos. 150 and 151. Last week's win over No. 20 Oregon State was No. 156.

Jada Cox (Senior)Tied career-high (9.85) on beam at UW, placing 5th ... set career-high on floor (9.875) on floor vs. OSU ... tied for 5th on beam (9.825) vs. OSU ... placed 7th on beam (9.85) with a season-high at UCLA ... tied for 13th on vault (9.6) at UCLA ... tied for 4th on vault (9.825) at Cal ... finished seventh (9.7) on vault and 8th (9.675) on floor vs. Stanford.

Carla DeMartini (Senior)At UCLA, placed T-4th on vault (9.8) and T-8th on floor (9.775, season-high) ... suffered a fall on bars (9.2) at Cal ... competed on uneven bars vs. Stanford, placing tied for 9th (9.65).

Maggie Germaine (Senior)2nd on beam (9.925) vs. UW ... won vault (9.9) and floor (9.975) vs. OSU ... scored a season-high 39.05 all-around at UCLA ... placed T-4th (9.8) on vault, T-10th on bars (9.725), T-10th on beam (9.8) and T-12th on floor (9.725) ... with a sub-par routine on bars, scored a 37.825 in the all-around at Cal ... tied for 4th on vault (9.825) and was 5th on floor (9.85) at Cal ... placed 4th (38.825) in the all-around vs. Stanford ... was 3rd on bars (9.9) and beam (9.85) in that meet ... also placed 5th on floor (9.825) and 12th on vault (9.25, fall) ... her uneven bars score of 9.9 is tied for 14th-best in the nation this year ... not at full strength yet, nursing an ankle problem.

Amber Giorgianni (Senior)Was 13th on beam (9.775, season-high) at UCLA ... fell on beam (9.125) at Cal ... placed 11th on the balance beam (9.7) vs. Stanford on Jan. 18.

Kari Muth (Junior)6th on bars (9.825) vs. UW ... won bars (9.95, career-high) and was 5th on floor (9.9) and 2nd on beam (9.85) vs. OSU ... placed T-10th on bars (9.725), T-10th on beam (9.8, season-high) and T-5th on floor (9.825, season-high) at UCLA ... scored 9.825 on bars and 9.675 on beam at Cal ... placed tied for 7th (9.775) on the beam vs. Stanford ... posted a 9.4 on floor to place 11th and a 9.225 (fall) on bars for an 11th-place finish.

Ashley Kelly (Sophomore)Sub-par meet at UW, placing 4th in all-around (38.975) ... won 5th all-around title (39.575) vs. OSU (1st on beam, 9.95, 2nd on bars, 9.925) ... 3rd in AA (39.5) at UCLA ... T-2nd on vault (9.85), 5th on bars (9.85) and 4th on beam (9.9) and floor (9.9) there ... one of ASU's lone bright spots at Cal, finishing tied for 1st on bars (9.9) and beam (9.9) and 3rd on vault (9.875) ... 4th (38.9) in all-around at Cal ... had her usual stellar performance vs. Stanford, placing first in the all-around (39.525) competition ... it was her fourth all-around title while at ASU ... won bars (9.95) and tied for first on beam (9.9) ... placed 2nd on floor (9.9) and placed 5th on vault (9.775) ... nationally, ranks 9th on bars (9.9) ... one of the top gymnasts in the nation ... very consistent.

Lauren Powell (Sophomore)Returned for UW meet, scoring 9.4 on beam ... missed the OSU and UCLA/CSF meets with a dislocated shoulder ... established a career-high on the floor (9.825) tying for 6th at Cal ... 9.825 on bars tied for 7th ... performed in her first meet since becoming a Sun Devil ... placed 6th (9.8) on floor vs. Stanford ... also placed 7th on beam (9.775) and 5th on bars (9.875) ... missed the entire 2003 season while rehabilitating a dislocated elbow.

Shaena Friedman (Sophomore)Scored a 9.725 on vault in an exhibition vs. Stanford ... if she was in the lineup, would have finished 7th in that meet.

April Boone (Freshman)T-5th on vault (9.8) vs. UW ... T-3rd on floor (9.925) and 4th on bars (9.90 vs. OSU) ... placed 6th on bars (9.8) at UCLA ... fell on vault at Cal (9.25) ... posted a 9.325 on vault vs. Stanford.

Donna Chance (Freshman)9th on vault (9.725) vs. OSU ... was 8th (9.75) on vault at UCLA ... set career-high on vault (9.825) vs. Cal/SJSU/USU, good for tie for 4th ... in her college debut vs. Stanford, posted a 9.8 on vault and placed 4th.

Cassandra Jusino (Freshman)Career-high 39.45 all-around was 3rd vs. UW ... tied career-high on beam (9.875, 3rd) vs. UW ... took 2nd on vault (9.875) and floor (9.950, ch) and tied for 2nd on bars (9.925, ch) vs. OSU ... T-4th in AA (39.050) at UCLA ... 10th on vault (9.7), T-7th on bars (9.775), T-10th on beam (9.8) and T-8th on floor (9.775) at UCLA ... set career-highs on bars (9.825) and floor (9.9) at Cal ... placed 2nd on floor ... suffered falls on vault (9.25) and beam (9.2) for an all-around score of 38.175 ... had as impressive a college debut as Ashley Kelly did one year ago ... placed 3rd (39.35) in the all-around vs. Stanford ... won the vault (9.825), the first event of her career ... placed 3rd (9.85) on floor tied for 3rd (9.85) on beam and 6th (9.825) on uneven bars ... averaged 9.8375 in four events in her debut ... ranked tied for 25th in the nation in the all-around ... a dynamic all-around gymnast.

Lisa Lanza (Freshman)Has not competed in a meet this year.

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