Cal Ends Regular Season at Boise State
March 18, 2008
Bears Tangle With Broncos
The California women's gymnastics team faces No. 17 Boise State in its final regular-season meet of the 2008 campaign Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m. (PT) at the Taco Bell Arena. It will be the first time the Golden Bears have faced top-25 competition since the Cat Classic on Feb. 29. The Golden Bears improved to 6-11 after finishing second in last weekend's Senior Day quad meet against Cal State Fullerton, San Jose State and UC Davis.
Cal Puts Up Highest Score of the Season Last Week
Behind numerous season-high marks, Cal notched its highest final score of the season (194.100) at the Senior Day quad meet last Sunday at Haas Pavilion, as the Bears placed second.
Cal also set a season-best mark on floor with a 48.775. In the event, sophomore Sophia Hocini achieved a new personal best of 9.900, tying for first among all gymnasts. Junior Jessica Kelley also tied her career best with a 9.875, which tied her for third overall. The scores were the two best scores of the season on floor for Cal.
On bars, Cal tallied a 49.075. Four season highs were also earned in that event, as Kelley earned a 9.850, junior Bridgette Glass tallied a 9.875, senior Nicki Wells scored a 9.775 and freshman Nassim Mirreghabie tied her season best with a 9.725. Glass won the event with Kelley in second, tied with senior Siobhan Luce.
Hocini also achieved a new career best on beam, notching a 9.800. In addition, Glass won her second event of the day on beam and tied her career best with a 9.900, while Mirreghabie posted a season-high mark of 9.850.
Glass Leading the Way
Bridgette Glass took charge for Cal in last weekend's quad meet. The Oakley, Calif., native won two events (bars and beam), tied her career best on beam with a 9.900 and also set a new season high on bars with a 9.875. The 9.900 beam score was the best for 2008 among all Cal gymnasts and tied her for third on Cal's all-time list in that event. Glass has now tallied a mark of 9.800 or higher on bars and beam four times this year. She also shares the Bears' second-best score on bars this year with a 9.875.
Earlier this year, her 9.850 on beam against UCLA on Feb. 17 tied her for second in the event. She earned that same mark for the second time in the Sacramento State quad meet two weeks ago. The first time she earned that score came in her first event of the 2008 campaign.
Hocini Continues To Impress
Sophia Hocini has produced quality scores consistently throughout the year. Last weekend, Hocini definitely made her presence felt, as she tallied Cal's highest floor score for the entire season. She also led all Bears in the all-around with a final score of 38.350. She currently holds Cal's third-highest score on vault (9.800), tied with Siobhan Luce, and the second-best all-around score of 38.500. Hocini also posted a new career best on beam with a 9.800. Hocini has also competed in 39 of the 40 events thus far, proving to be a valuable factor in Cal's success 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., scored her season best of 9.850 on bars in last weekend's quad meet. Previous to that score, Kelley had notched a 9.800 three times. Also in last weekend's meet, Kelley tied her career best on floor with a 9.875. In the Sacramento State quad meet, she tallied a season-high mark of 9.750 on beam. 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).
Nassim Mirreghabie has really been stepping up her game in recent weeks. In last weekend's quad meet, the native of Vista, Calif., notched a 9.850 on beam and a 9.725 on bars. It was the second time this year the freshman has posted a 9.725 on bars and the 9.850 score was her highest of the campaign. Her scores on beam have been getting better every week. In the past month, her beam score has gone from a 9.675 to a 9.850, with improvement in each competition.
Scouting the Opponents
Boise State welcomes Cal with an impressive 12-3 overall record. The Broncos are also 7-2 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Last weekend, Boise State scored its sixth-highest team score in school history (196.575). The Broncos finished second in the meet behind Oregon State.
In the Troester national rankings, in addition to its team ranking of 17th, Boise State is also currently No. 11 on bars, No. 16 on floor, No. 19 on vault and No. 23 on beam. In the individual top-25 polls, Hannah Redmon is No. 20 on vault and No. 24 on floor. On bars, Lindsay Ward is tied for seventh on the list and Taylor Jacob is ranked 18th.
The Bears enter the postseason next weekend as they head to Seattle, Wash., for the 2008 Pac-10 Championships Saturday, March 29, at 4 p.m.
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 52-69 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.