Bears Get Set For NCAA West Regional
April 7, 2008
Four Bears To Compete at the NCAA West Regional
Four members of the California women's gymnastics team will compete in the NCAA West Regional Saturday, April 12, at 6 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore., hosted by Oregon State. The four Golden Bears participating are senior Siobhan Luce, junior Jessica Kelley and sophomore Sophia Hocini in the all-around, and junior Bridgette Glass on beam. Glass is also an alternate on bars.
Cal Takes Fifth at Pac-10 Championships
Cal placed fifth at the Pac-10 Championships on March 29 at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash. The Bears (8-16) finished with a final score of 193.400, defeating Washington (193.375) and No. 19 Arizona State (191.925). Cal's victory over the Sun Devils was its first win over a top-25 team this season.
The Bears earned their highest score of the night (9.775) three times, including twice on beam. Bridgette Glass and freshman Stefanie Cheng each tallied that mark on beam. The score was a season best for Cheng, who also posted a 9.750 on floor. Glass secured Cal's other 9.775 score, as she tallied the mark on bars.
Sophia Hocini led the Bears in the all-around, notching a 38.625. Jessica Kelley finished second for Cal in the all-around with a 38.525. Kelley's best mark of the night was a 9.700 on bars. The Bears third all-arounder, Siobhan Luce, secured a 9.750 on vault and a 9.725 on bars to finish with an all-around score of 38.175.
Glass Leading the Way
Bridgette Glass has been taking charge for Cal as of late. For the past three weeks, the Oakley, Calif., native has led Cal on bars and beam. Glass secured her second 9.900 beam score of the season against Boise State. In the Senior Day quad meet, 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 tallied a mark of 9.800 or higher on bars and beam five times this year. At the Pac-10 Championships, she scored a team-high mark of 9.775 on bars and beam.
Hocini Continues To Impress
Sophia Hocini has produced quality scores consistently throughout the year. She led the Bears in the all-around at the Pac-10 Championships, notching a 38.625. Against Boise State, Hocini posted Cal's third-best all-around score of the season with a 38.675. Hocini set career highs on beam and floor during the Senior Day quad meet on March 16, 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.
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 at the Senior Day quad meet. 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, 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 owns the second-best all-around score of 2008 (38.700).
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 the competitions thus far. She set a season best on beam with a 9.725 and tied her season high on floor with a 9.725 at the Sacramento State quad meet on March 7. 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 on Feb. 24 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 on Feb. 29.
Scouting the Opponents
Among the other individual competitors, Cal will see some familiar faces, as members of Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis will join the Bears in Corvallis. Alaina Baker from Cal State Fullerton and Tanya Ho and Michelle Kulovitz from UC Davis will also compete in the all-around. Members of the Titans and Aggies will also join Bridgette Glass in the event specialist categories. Michigan, Oregon State, Michigan State, Washington, San Jose State and Sacramento State will participate in the team competition.
Should any of the four Bears advance at the west regional, they will compete at the NCAA Championships two weeks later. The national championships will take place from April 24-26 in Athens, Ga.
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 54-74 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.