Cal Hosts Senior Day Quad Meet
March 11, 2008
Bears Host Final Home Meet of 2008
The California women's gymnastics team returns to Berkeley this week for its final home competition of the year, a quad meet against Cal State Fullerton, San Jose State and UC Davis Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Sunday's meet is also Senior Day, as Cal's four seniors - Siobhan Luce, Keiko Nakamura, Alli Szutu and Nicki Wells will make their final appearance at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears improved to 4-10 after finishing second in last weekend's quad meet in Sacramento.
Cal Puts Up Highest Score of the Season Last Week
Cal came in second in the Sacramento State quad meet last Friday with a season-best final score of 193.700. The Hornets secured first (195.250), UC Davis took third (192.625) and then Seattle Pacific finished fourth with a final score of 190.075.
The best event score of the day for the Bears came on bars and beam with a 48.800. The score on beam was also a season-high mark for that event. Freshman Nassim Mirreghabie led the way for Cal on beam, tallying a season-best 9.825, which was also the highest individual score of the night for Cal. She placed third in the event among all gymnasts. Also on beam, junior Bridgette Glass earned a 9.775, junior Jessica Kelley helped with a 9.750 and freshman Stefanie Cheng and Siobhan Luce each garnered a 9.725. Cheng's score was also a season best, surpassing her previous season-high mark of 9.350.
On bars, Glass and Kelley each notched a 9.800 to tie for second among all gymnasts. Luce contributed with a 9.775 and Nicki Wells earned a 9.750.
Once again, Siobhan Luce has been one of Cal's most consistent competitors on the mats in 2008. The native of Reno, Nev., has only missed one event out of all nine competitions thus far.
Last weekend, Luce set a season best on beam with a 9.725 and tied her season high on floor with a 9.725. She scored at least a 9.700 in all four events, giving her a season-best all-around score of 38.975. She also posted a 9.775 on bars and a 9.750 on vault.
Luce currently owns Cal's second-best score on bars this season with a personal best of 9.875 that she earned on Jan. 20. She notched a 9.825 on a more difficult vault routine against Stanford and a 9.800 on bars. Her 9.825 on vault tied her for the season-best score in that event among all Cal gymnasts, which she followed with a 9.800 in the Cat Classic last week. She has three of the Cal's top six vault scores this year.
Kelley's Back in Action
Since returning to action in the all-around at the Cat Classic, Jessica Kelley has given Cal's lineup a huge boost. The junior from Los Altos, Calif., has scored her season best of 9.800 on bars three times in 2008, including in last weekend's Sacramento State quad meet. She followed that up with a season-high mark of 9.750 on beam last Friday. Kelley, who has only competed all-around three times this year, owns the second- and third-best all-around scores of 2008 (38.700, 38.600). Kelley is also tied for second for Cal's best floor mark of 2008 with a 9.775.
Scouting the Opponents
San Jose State enters the quad meet with an 11-3 record, after winning its first seven consecutive meets and its first 10 of 11 meets to open the campaign. The Spartans lost their third meet of the season last Friday at Utah State, 194.450-194.125. San Jose State defeated both Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis during the season.
Cal State Fullerton heads the Berkeley with the same record as Cal, 4-10. The Titans took fourth in a quad meet last weekend against four teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation. Earlier this season, Cal State Fullerton defeated UC Davis but lost to San Jose State.
UC Davis currently boasts a record of 9-6. The Aggies competed against the Bears for the second time this season last week. Cal has defeated UC Davis in both encounters. The first meeting was the opening tri-meet of the season back on Jan. 11. The Bears defeated UC Davis and Towson in that meet.
Glass Leading the Way
Since returning to action after missing the opening meet while recovering from an injury, Bridgette Glass has been producing strong scores throughout the season. Her 9.850 on beam against UCLA on Feb. 17 tied her for second in the event and for the highest mark for that event among Cal gymnasts this season. It was the second week in a row Glass produced a 9.850 on beam. She also shares the Bears' third-best score on bars this year with a 9.800. She earned that same mark for the second time in the Sacramento State quad meet last weekend. The first time she earned that score came in her first event of the 2008 campaign. She posted another solid score on beam in the Sac State quad meet last Friday, notching a 9.775.
The Bears hit the road next week for the final meet of the regular season. Cal squares off against No. 19 Boise State Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m. (PT) in Boise, Idaho. Following the clash with the Broncos, the Bears head to the Pac-10 championships the following week.
Head Coach Cari DuBois
In her sixth year at California, head coach Cari DuBois has reshaped the women's gymnastics program from the day she arrived on campus. She was named the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the year and the 2003 West Regional Coach of the Year. Last season, DuBois guided the Bears to the NCAA West Regional, held at Cal's Haas Pavilion, and ended the campaign with a final ranking of 26. DuBois has posted a 50-68 record at Cal. Earlier during her tenure; she led Cal to its first back-to-back dual-meet winning seasons since 1991-92 and led the 2003 Bears to their highest NCAA-regional finish (fourth) since 1992. In 2004, the Bears finished fifth at the NCAA regionals, the program's best back-to-back postseason showings since 1991-92. Prior to coming to Berkeley, DuBois worked as an assistant for nine years (six at West Virginia and three at Cal under Alfie Mitchell). DuBois also has spent time instructing and choreographing routines at several gymnastics camps and clubs nationwide. DuBois graduated from Ball State in 1992 with a degree in exercise science and wellness and holds a master's degree in athletic coaching from West Virginia.