No. 15 ASU Gymnasts Hit Berkeley For Friday, March 3 Meet Vs. California
Feb. 27, 2006
This Week -- The No. 15 ranked Arizona State University's gymnastics team competes in a Pacific-10 Conference dual meet versus the University of California on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Haas Pavilion. The Sun Devils, under 26th-year head coach John Spini, are in a new era of Sun Devil gymnastics with the $2 million John Spini Gymnastics Training Facility on the ASU campus. It is the first time in five years that the squad has trained on campus. Spini looks to lead the Sun Devils to an NCAA regional berth for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons. Spini is currently ASU's longest-tenured head coach, and is tied for second on the all-time Sun Devil head coaching list with long-time track and field mentor Senon 'Baldy' Castillo. Former Sun Devil women's tennis coaching legend Anne Pittman holds the distinction as the longesttenured ASU head coach in school history at 31 seasons. With a 196.95 win over Oregon State (195.55), Boise State (192.275) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (181.25) in the UNO's Classic last Friday, his regular-season record is now 315-125-2 over 25-plus seasons. His won-loss mark at home is 167-27-1.
ASU In The Rankings -- ASU debuted at No. 14 in the GymInfo rankings, based on the preseason coaches poll released in December. ASU remained at No. 15 in this week's rankings, which are based upon regional qualifying score (RQS). Pac-10 Conference foe UCLA was selected third in the preseason poll with 579 votes and three first-place bids. ASU received 293 votes and was neighbored in the standings by No. 9 Stanford (417), No. 13 Oregon State (331), No. 17 Arizona (188) and No. 18 Washington (185). For info access http://www.troester.com/gym/.
ASU Faces Nation's Finest -- Arizona State will face eight of the nation's Top 25 teams in 2006, according to the preseason coaches poll. Of the squads the Sun Devils meet in `06, Utah was No. 2, UCLA No. 3, Stanford No. 9, Iowa State No. 11, Oregon State No. 13, Arizona No. 17, Washington No. 18 and Denver No. 21 in the preseason coaches poll. Five of those meetings are at home in Wells Fargo Arena.
ASU In The Rankings/Individual & Team Events -- Senior Ashley Kelly is ranked 10th nationally in the all-around (39.22) while junior April Boone is 14th (39.145). Kelly also ranks 7th (9.875) on the balance beam. ASU is ranked 15th nationally as a team and 8th on the balance beam (48.725). The Sun Devils are ranked 19th on floor exercise (48.76), 9th on balance beam (48.835), 20th on the uneven parallel bars (48.56) and are 12th on vault (48.01).
ASU Versus California -- Arizona State University leads the all-time series with California, 43-3. The Sun Devils lead in regular-season meets (23-3) and in postseason competition (21-0). ASU is 10-1 at home versus the Golden Bears in Wells Fargo Arena, 6-2 in Berkeley and 8-0 at neutral sites.
2006 Results -- 2/24/06: UNO's Classic Field--ASU scored a 196.95, its best score of the campaign, to win the annual UNO's Classic vs. Oregon State (195.55), Boise State (192.275) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (181.25). The score was tied for the third-highest in the nation this year. The crowd of 1,321 was the eighth-largest in Sun Devil history. ASU swept the all-around as Ashley Kelly took first (39.6), April Boone second (39.5), Nicole Harris was third (39.425) and Cassandra Jusino fourth (39.275). Boone won vault (9.9). ASU posted its best score of the year on bars (49.5) and the best score in the nation. Kelly won (9.975). ASU scored a season-best (49.175) on beam with Harris (9.925) winning. Jusino won floor (9.925).
2/19/06: at UCLA--ASU placed second (194.575) in this quad meet with UCLA (196.675), Cal State-Fullerton (189.8) and UC-Davis (187.925). Junior April Boone won vault with a score of 9.9 while Ashley Kelly was 4th (9.85). Kelly was 4th on bars (9.85) and tied for 1st on beam (9.85) with UCLA's Jordan Schwikert. Boone was 3rd on floor (9.85). Kelly was 3rd (39.35) in the all-around while Boone was 4th (39.325).
2/10/06: vs. Stanford--ASU scored a 195.725, which was above its season average of 194.931, but fell to No. 12 Stanford (196.325). ASU had to count a fall on floor and beam, but still managed its second-best team score of the season. Ashley Kelly won the 17th all-around title of her career, posting a 39.675, her season best and the best score in the nation this year. Kelly won on vault (9.975) and beam (9.925) and was second on bars (9.875) and third on floor (9.9). Junior Cassandra Jusino placed second in the all-around with a 39.475, her first all-around competition of the campaign. She tied for first on floor (9.925) with teammate April Boone and was second on vault (9.95) and on beam (9.875). Boone won the floor exercise (9.925).
2/3/06: vs. Utah--ASU scored a season-high 196.1, but it fell just shy of upsetting No.2 Utah at Wells Fargo Arena. Utah posted a 196.175. ASU did not score a 196 or above until March 18 last year. April Boone and Nicole Harris tied for all-around honors at 39.35. Ashley Kelly won the uneven parallel bars (9.95) while Boone won on floor (9.925). Kelly also tied for third (9.875) on vault. The crowd of 1,521 was the third-largest to witness a home gymnastics meet at ASU.
1/27/06: at Washington/Seattle Pacific--ASU (195.175) remained unbeaten in defeating Washington (191.525) and Seattle Pacific (190.225). Junior April Boone won the all-around title (39.2). Junior Cassandra Jusino had her best meet of the season, tying for first (9.9) on vault and winning floor (9.9). Ashley Kelly and Nicole Harris tied for first on beam (9.875). Tia Orlando (9.725) tied with Kelly for second on bars. Kelly placed second (39.075) in the all-around competition.
1/22/06: vs. Arizona--ASU defeated Arizona, 195.3-195.15 in the home opener at WFA. Ashley Kelly won the 16th all-around title of her illustrious career, winning two events and placing no lower than third. She scored a 39.475. She won on bars (9.9, tied) and on beam (9.925). Kelly placed 2nd (9.875) on vault and tied for third on floor (9.775). Frosh Tia Orlando won vault with a 9.9, her career-high and tied for 3rd on beam (9.75). Freshman Nicole Harris tied for 3rd on bars (9.875) and on beam (9.75).
1/13/06: at Boise State--Freshman Nicole Harris won three events and the all-around as ASU defeated Boise State, 193.15-189.95 at Boise. Harris posted a 39.05 in the all-around which represented her first title in her first collegiate meet. Harris took honors on the uneven parallel bars (9.775), on balance beam (9.875) and on the floor exercise (9.75). Junior April Boone and senior Ashley Kelly tied for second in the all-around (38.6). Senior Lauren Powell was 4th (9.8) on vault and 2nd on bars (9.725). Kelly was 3rd on beam (9.825) and on floor (9.7). Freshman Tiana Jean finished 5th on floor (9.5). ASU trailed after three events, but won the meet with a score of 48.8 on beam.
April Boone (Junior) Ranked No. 14 nationally (39.145) in the all-around ... placed second (39.5) in the all-around in the UNO's Classic, the score was a career-high... 1st on vault (9.9) ... 3rd on bars (9.9) ... t-3rd on floor(9.875) ... (third in the all-around (39.325) vs. UCLA ... won vault with a 9.9, tying her career-best ... tied for 4th on beam (9.8), her second-best score of the year ... won the floor (9.925) with a season-best vs. No. 12 Stanford ... was 4th in the all-around at 39.250 ... 4th on vault (9.9), tying a career-high ... tied with Nicole Harris to win the all-around title (39.35) vs. No. 2 Utah ... won the floor with a 9.925) ... won the all-around vs. Washington and Seattle-Pacific at 39.200 ... placed 2nd on floor (9.875) and 3rd on beam (9.85/career-high) vs. UW/USP ... 4th on bars (9.65) and T-4th on vault (9.825) ... tied for 3rd on vault (9.825) vs. Arizona ... tied for 2nd in the all-around at Boise State with teammate Ashley Kelly with a score of 38.6 ...tied for 3rd on floor (9.575), placed 4th on beam (9.775), tied for 6th on bars (9.55), and was 8th on vault (9.7) at Boise State.
Carrie Finley (Freshman) High School: A 2005 graduate of Central Bucks West HS in Doylestown, Pennsylvania... competed for Kim Bonus of the Will-Moor Gymnastics Club... was a national qualifier in 2002 and 2003... finished second in the Pennsylvania State All-around competition in 2003 and won the Pennsylvania state championship on the floor exercise... was the 2005 New Jersey state vault champion... was a member of the 2003 Pennsylvania state championship team and the 2005 New Jersey state championship team. Personal: Major is broadcast journalism... born June 18, 1987, in Doylestown, Penn.... parents are Jeff (attorney/judge) and Kathy (attorney) Finley... has an older brother, Mike... enjoys playing all different sports, dancing, and being with her friends... lists most exciting experiences in sports as winning the Pennsylvania and New Jersey team state championships... full name is Carolyn Finley.
Josie Hancock (Sophomore) 2005: Competed in the NCAA South Central Regional and finished in the Top 20 on vault (9.700)... Competed in three events at the Pac-10 meet and finished tied for 15th in the vault(9.8), the second-best on the team ... set career-high 9.85 on vault at Utah (T-4th) and tied for sixth on floor with a career-best 9.875 ... placed 6th on beam (9.825, second highest score of the year) versus No. 19 Minnesota ... competed on vault for the second time in 2005 and posted a career-best 9.65 vs. UM ... competed on vault (9.525) for first time vs. Penn State ... did not compete at Stanford ... 12th on beam (9.25) in UNO's Classic ... placed 3rd on balance beam (9.775) vs. California ... did not compete versus UCLA and Oregon State ... posted a 9.85 on balance beam at the Maui Invitational, good for 6th.
Nicole Harris (Freshman) Finished 3rd in the all-around (39.425, career-high) in the UNO's Classic ... 2nd on bars (9.925) with a personal best ... won beam with a personal best of 9.925) ... scored 9.825 on floor place 7th ... tied for 6th on vault (9.825) and placed 7th on bars (9.8) vs. UCLA ... ranked ninth nationally on balance beam (9.825) ... tied for first in the all-around with April Boone (39.35) vs. No. 2 Utah ... placed third on floor (9.875) and tied for 4th on beam (9.85) ... T-1st on beam (9.875) with Ashley Kelly vs. UW/USP ... T-6th on floor (9.775) in that meet ... 4th in the all-around (38.95) vs. Arizona ... tied for 3rd on bars (9.875) and beam (9.75) and tied for 7th on vault (9.75) vs. UAa ... won the all-around title (39.05) in her first collegiate meet on the road at Boise State ... garnered three first-place finishes at Boise, including bars (9.775), beam (9.875) and floor (9.75) ... also placed 10th on vault(9.65).
Ashlee Hinkle (Freshman) T-5th on beam (9.825) in the UNO's Classic ... placed 6th on beam (9.75) vs. UCLA ... tied for 11th on floor (9.575) at UCLA ... 6th on beam (9.8) vs. Stanford, tying her career-best ... tied for 8th on beam (9.725) vs. No. 2 Utah ... tied for 4th on beam (9.8) vs. UW/USP ... T-7th on beam (9.7) vs. Arizona ... placed 7th on balance beam (9.65) at Boise State.
Tiana Jean (Freshman) Scored a season-best 9.825 on bars to place T-6th in the UNO's Classic ... placed 17th on bars (9.525) at UCLA ... 10th on bars (9.775) vs. Stanford with a career-best ... was 10th on floor (9.45) vs. Arizona ... placed 5th (9.5) on the floor exercise at Boise State.
Cassandra Jusino (Junior) 4th in the all-around (39.275) in the UNO's Classic ... T-3rd on vault (9.825) ... 9th on bars (9.8) ... won floor (9.925) with her season-best ... did not perform well at UCLA ... 2nd in all-around (39.475) vs. Stanford in first all-around of season ... tied for first on floor (9.925) with a season-best ... 2nd on beam (9.875) with a season-best ... 2nd on vault (9.95) with a season-best ... ranked No. 20 nationally in the floor exercise (9.817) ... placed 2nd on floor (9.9) vs. No. 2 Utah ... had her best meet of the season vs. UW/USP, placing 1st on floor (9.9) and tying for 1st on vault (9.9) ... T-5th on bars (9.65) ... was 7th on bars (9.8) and floor (9.65) vs. Arizona ... placed 11th on vault (9.275) and bars (9.2) at Boise State.
Ashley Kelly (Senior, Co-Captain) Ranked No. 10 nationally in the all-around with a 39.22 mark ... has the nation's best all-around mark (T-39.675) with Georgia's Courtney Kupets ... ranked 7th nationally on the balance beam (9.875) ... won the 18th career all-around title with a 39.6 in the UNO's Classic ... 2nd on vault (9.875) ... won bars (9.975), a season-best ... 2nd on beam (9.875) ... T-3rd on floor (9.875) ... 3rd in the all-around at UCLA with a 39.35 ... tied for 1st on beam (9.85) ... 4th on bars (9.85) and T-6th on floor (9.8) at UCLA ... won her 17th career all-around title (39.675) vs. Stanford ... was 1st on vault (9.975-sh) and 1st on beam (9.925- tied season best) ... 2nd on bars (9.875) and 3rd on floor (9.9) vs. Stanford ... won bars (9.95) vs. No. 2 Utah ... 2nd on beam (9.9) in that meet ... T-1st on beam (9.875) vs. UW/USP ... 2nd in the all-around (39.075) ... T-2nd on bars (9.725) in that meet ... won the 16th all-around title of her career vs. Arizona (39.475) ... won beam (9.925) and tied for 1st onbars (9.9) vs. UA ... placed 2nd on vault (9.875) and tied for 3rd on floor (9.775) ... placed 3rd in the all-around (38.6) at Boise State ... finished 2nd (9.7) on floor, 3rd (9.825) on beam and 5th (9.775) on vault at Boise... tied for 23rd (9.825) on beam nationally.
Lisa Lanza (Junior) Scored an 8.675 on bars in an exhibition vs. No. 12 Stanford.
Tia Orlando (Freshman)Did not compete vs. Stanford, UCLA and in the UNO's Classic due to a foot injury ... tied for 6th (9.825) on bars vs. No. 2 Utah ... T-2nd on bars (9.725) vs. UW/USP ... T-6th on vault (9.775) in that meet ... won the vault (9.9) vs. Arizona ... T- 3rd on beam (9.75) and for 5th on bars (9.825)vs. UA ... placed 5th (36.95) in the all-around at Boise State ... was 7th on vault (9.725), 9th on bars (9.35), 10th on floor (8.,825) and 12th on beam (9.05).
Lauren Powell (Senior, Co-Captain)T-3rd on vault (9.825) ... season-best 9.875 tied for 4th on bars ... best placing at UCLA was a tie for 7th on beam (9.7) ... 8th on bars (9.775) and t-9th on vault (9.775) at UCLA ... t-5th on vault (9.85-season-best) vs. Stanford ... t-5th on bars (9.825), tying a season-best ... t-6th on vault (9.775) vs. UW/USP ... T-3rd on vault (9.825) vs. Arizona ... T-th on bars (9.825) vs. UA ... placed 2nd on bars (9.725), 4th on vault (9.8) and 5th (tied) on beam (9.675) at Boise State.
Vanessa Rocca (Freshman)High School: A 2005 graduate of North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania... was a two-sports athlete in gymnastics and volleyball... competed for coach Frank Klein of X-Cel gymnastics... was named captain of her gymnastics team during the 2004-05 season... named a USAG level-10 gymnast... was named the co-beam level-10 state champion and finished third in the all-around competition during the 2004 Pennsylvania level-10 state championships... won the Pennsylvania level-10 state championship on the floor exercise in 2002... was the Pennsylvania level-9 state champion in the beam and finished third in the all-around during the 2001 championships... competed in the level-9 Nationals, finishing ninth on the floor, in 2001... was a two-time all-around advanced division champion (2002 and 2004) for the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic league... holds the state record for her all-around score of 38.4 in 2004... is an individual event record holder for Pennsylvania state on the beam and floor... was named Fox 53 News' Comeback Gymnast of the Year in 2004 and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Gymnast of the Year in 2002... won the President's Outstanding Academic Excellence award in both 2002 and 2003 for her work with the DECA association for marketing students... finished second in the state in the DECA advertising competition and advanced to the national competition in 2005... was a member of her school's academic honor roll. Personal: Major is undecided... contemplated profession is in advertising or marketing... born March 27, 1987, in Pittsburgh, Penn.... parents are Ambrose (city manager) and Theresa (registered nurse) Rocca of Wexford, Penn....has two older brothers, Eric and Brandon... enjoys skiing, listening to music, shopping, and hanging out with her friends... lists her most exciting moment in sports as competing for the first time after recovering from two consecutive stress fractures... full name is Vanessa Marie Rocca.
Karissa Vossler (Sophomore)Tied for 11th on floor (9.575) at UCLA ... scored a 9.15 on floor vs. No. 12 Stanford in an exhibition.