UCLA Loses To Stanford In Gymnastics, 196.425-195.875

Jan. 24, 2010

Top-ranked UCLA lost for the first time in 2010, dropping a 196.425-195.875 decision at eight-ranked Stanford on Sunday. The Bruins earned season-high team scores on had three events but had to count two falls on floor.

UCLA senior Anna Li won the all-around with a season-high 39.575 and also captured first place on bars, and sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa flirted with perfection on two events, earning a 10.0 from one judge on both vault and on beam and recording final marks of 9.95 and 9.975, respectively, to win those two events.

Big scores from Li and Zamarripa led the way for a strong start on uneven bars for UCLA. Li tied her season-best with a 9.95, and Zamarripa, competing for the first time this year on the event, earned a 9.9. Also contributing high marks were Aisha Gerber with a season-high 9.8, and Monique De La Torre with a 9.825. The Bruins totaled 49.2 to take a 0.125 lead after one event. Stanford scored 49.075 on vault, led by a 9.9 from Shelley Alexander.

UCLA upped the performance level on vault in rotation two, scoring a season-high tying 49.275. De La Torre led off with a career-high 9.85. Mizuki Sato added a 9.775, Li scored 9.825, and Brittani McCullough scored a season-best 9.875. Zamarripa tied her season-high with a 9.95, earning a 10.0 from one judge but a 9.9 from the other. Stanford, however cut into the Bruin lead slightly after scoring 49.325 on bars to bring their two-event total to 98.4. The Cardinal ended its set with a pair of 9.9s and a 9.95 from Carly Janiga.

The Bruins ran into trouble on floor in the third rotation, counting two falls. McCullough's career-high tying 9.9, Li's season-high 9.875, and Tauny Frattone's 9.825 were the only hit routines, and the Bruins were forced to count a 9.375 and 9.05. Stanford took over the lead, 146.85-146.5 but had problems as well, counting one fall on beam and scoring 48.45 to UCLA's 48.025.

UCLA turned in its best performance of the season on beam in the last rotation, earning a team total of 49.3. Zamarripa earned her second 10.0 score from a judge in the meet when she recorded a career-high 9.975. Li scored a 9.9, Gerber earned a season-high 9.875, and De La Torre scored a career-high 9.775. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs added a 9.775 as well. Stanford earned the victory with a monster score of 49.575 on floor. The Cardinal had four scores of 9.9 or better, led by a pair of 9.95s from Janiga and Nicole Pechanec.

The Bruins drop to 4-1 on the year, while Stanford improves to 2-1. UCLA will host Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 31 in Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm.

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