No. 7 Gymnasts Return to Gill to Face No. 21 Arizona
Feb. 10, 2010
THE MEET ... The No. 7 Oregon State gymnastics team (8-0) returns to Corvallis for final time in the next month to host No. 21 Arizona (2-3). The meet at legendary Gill Coliseum is set to start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
THE SERIES ... The Beavers leads the all-time series with the Wildcats 43-26 with OSU's last loss coming in 2007. The most recent loss for the Beavers at home came in 2006.
FACULTY/STAFF NIGHT ... Student-athletes from several sports will honor four OSU professors during pre-meet festivities. Lesley Blair, an instructor in Biology, Andrea Marks, an Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Jeff Sklansky, an Associate Professor of History and Paul Wanke, an Adjunct Professor of Western Civilization are the faculty members who will be honored by Oregon State's athletes.
LAST TIME ON THE FLOOR ... Last week, Oregon State continued its unbeaten season moving to 8-0 with a resounding six-point win over California, 196.375-190.100. The Beavers tallied a season-high on the floor exercise with a 49.475, a mark that has been bested only twice all season around the country. Despite being ranked in the Top 10 all season, Sunday's meet was the first time in 2010 that the Beavers have not counted a fall ... once again, Mandi Rodriguez had another stellar night winning the all-around for the third time in five meets with a score of 39.375. In addition, Rodriguez won the balance beam with a season-high score of 9.85 and tied with teammate Makayla Stambaugh for the floor title with matching scores of 9.95 ... Stambaugh added an individual title on the uneven bars with a score of 9.90 ... Becky Colvin scored a career-best 9.925 on the vault to win the individual title and earned Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week as well ... freshman Melanie Jones performed in the floor lineup for the first time and scored 9.90 ... Kelsi Blalock sprained her ankle during warm-ups on the vault and missed the meet. She'll also miss this week's meet ... Stambaugh and Rodriguez scored back-to-back 9.95's on the floor for the second time this season - both times were on the road.
WHAT'S COMING UP ... Next week, Oregon State is back on the road for the first of four straight weeks when the Beavers travel to face UCLA at Pauley Pavilion next Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.
PAC-10 SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK ... After two straight weeks of OSU gymnasts claiming Gymnast of the Week honors, junior Becky Colvin was selected as the Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week. Colvin scored a career-best 9.925 on the vault to win the individual title. Colvin added a career-best 9.850 on the floor exercise to help the Beavers to their season-high on the apparatus with a 49.475.
TICKETS ... Tickets for the 2010 season are on sale for for Oregon State's two remaining home meets.
The Beavers are scheduled to face Arizona (Feb. 12) and Kentucky (Mar. 19).
Individual meet tickets are also available by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS, in person at the OSU Ticket Office located in room 107 of Gill Coliseum or by going online to osubeavers.com.
IN THE RANKINGS ... All four of Oregon State's lineups are ranked in this week's Top 10. The Beavers are tied for fourth on vault, are ranked seventh on the uneven bars, seventh on the balance beam and fourth on the floor exercise ... in addition, several OSU gymnasts are ranked among the top 15 in the nation: Mandi Rodriguez and Becky Colvin (9.875 average) are tied for eighth on vault; Leslie Mak (9.925) is ranked first, Laura-Ann Chong (9.875) is tied for ninth on bars; Chong (9.830) is tied for 14th on the beam; Melanie Jones is fourth (9.900), Rodriguez (9.890) is tied for seventh and Stambaugh (9.885) is tied for ninth on the floor; Rodriguez ranks 12th in the all-around (39.260) and Stambaugh is tied for 16th (39.200).