Cal Prepares For Pac-10 Championships
March 25, 2008
Bears Head to Conference Meet
The California women's gymnastics team will compete in the Pac-10 Championships Saturday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in Seattle Wash. The Golden Bears will have to be at their best as five of their six opponents are ranked in the top 25. Cal fell to 6-12 after losing last Friday to Boise State, 195.400-192.700 in Boise, Idaho.
Cal Falls To Broncos
In the final dual meet of the regular season last Friday, Cal lost to then-No. 17 Boise State, 195.400-192.700.
Cal tied its season-best mark on vault with a 48.450. On vault, senior Siobhan Luce notched a season-high 9.850. The score tied her career best and was the best vault score of the season for Cal.
The Bears earned their best event score on floor, tallying a 48.600. Three Cal gymnasts earned a 9.750 and junior Jessica Kelley secured a 9.775. The three Bears to earn a 9.750 were Luce, sophomore Sophia Hocini and freshman Avery Gee. The 9.750 for Luce was a season best.
On beam, Kelley and junior Bridgette Glass led the way for Cal. For the second meet in a row, Glass scored a career-best 9.900, which was also the highest mark of the night among the Bears. Glass also added a 9.825 on bars. Kelley scored a 9.800 on beam, which was a season high.
In the all-around, Hocini recorded Cal's third-best all-around score of the season with a season-high mark of 38.675. She finished second among all gymnasts. Kelley and Luce tied for third with their all-around score of 38.325.
Glass Leading the Way
Bridgette Glass has been taking charge for Cal as of late. For the past two weeks, the Oakley, Calif., native has led Cal on bars and beam. Glass secured her second 9.900 beam score of the season last week against Boise State. In the Senior Day quad meet two weeks ago, she won bars and beam, including her first 9.900 beam score, which was the best mark on beam 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 five times this year. She also shares the Bears' second-best score on bars this year with a 9.875.
Hocini Continues To Impress
Sophia Hocini has produced quality scores consistently throughout the year. Last weekend, Hocini posted Cal's third-best all-around score of the season with a 38.675, once again leading the Bears in the all-around.
Hocini set career highs on beam and floor during the Senior Day quad meet two weeks ago, posting a 9.800 on beam and a 9.900 on floor. The floor score was the best of the campaign among all Cal gymnasts. Hocini has also competed in 43 of the 44 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 the Senior Day quad meet two weeks ago. Previous to that score, Kelley had notched a 9.800 three times. Also during the Bears' last home meet, Kelley tied her career best on floor with a 9.875. Against Boise State last weekend, Glass set her season high on beam with a 9.800 and tied her season best on vault (9.600). 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 fourth-best all-around scores of 2008 (38.700, 38.600).
Scouting the Opponents
Cal heads to Seattle to compete against three Pac-10 foes currently ranked in the Troester Top 10 - No. 7 Oregon State, No. 8 UCLA and No. 10 Stanford. Arizona is also currently ranked No. 15 and Arizona State is ranked 19th. The only conference opponent not ranked in the top 25 besides Cal is No. 30 Washington.
A few featured gymnasts at this meet will be Oregon State's Jami Lanz and UCLA's Anna Li and Tasha Schwikert. Lanz is currently No. 6 in the all-around and third on beam in the national rankings. Li is No. 12 in the all-around and second on bars. Schwikert is third on bars and eighth on vault in the national polls. Also, Arizona's Kari Wurm is 13th in the all-around and ninth on bars.
The Bruins come in as the defending conference champions, as they took top honors in 2007 with a final score of 197.200. Jessica Kelley finished the all-around in 16th place after scoring a 38.900. Kelley vaulted a 9.800, collected a 9.750 on bars, a 9.625 on beam and a 9.725 on floor. Siobhan Luce scored a 38.525 in the all-around. Cal earned a final team score of 193.650.
The Bears will wait to see if they earned a spot in the NCAA West Regional in Corvallis Ore., following the conference championships. The selections will be made on Monday, March 31.
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 52-70 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.