Stanford-UCLA in Top 10 Rematch
Feb. 11, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
Five of the 11 top-ranked all-around gymnasts in the country will compete when the No. 8 Stanford women’s gymnastics team takes on No. 5 UCLA for the second time in a month, this time at the Bruins’ Pauley Pavilion. The two schools, who have combined to win the past 13 Pac-10 Conference titles, met in a Jan. 24 dual meet at Stanford’s Burnham Pavilion, with the Cardinal beating the then-No. 1 Bruins, 196.425-195.825 before a standing-room only crowd of 1,503. The loss remains the only one of the season for UCLA (6-1). Stanford is 6-2.
Follow the Meet
A free webcast and free live stats are available for the UCLA meet. The webcast can be found at uclabruins.com. Just look for the “Watch” link or click on “All-Access.” Live stats can be reached through gostanford.com, on the team schedule page or the Calendar of Events on the home page.
Freshman Ashley Morgan earned her first collegiate victories, including her debut all-around, to lead Stanford to a quad-meet victory on Sunday. The Cardinal scored a season-high 196.650 to beat No. 24 Washington (194.075), Sacramento State (193.225) and San Jose State (192.800) at Burnham Pavilion while setting nine season bests and eight collegiate career bests. The Cardinal improved to 42-1-1 at Burnham dating back to 1998.
Sunday’s Opponent: UCLA
The defending Pac-10 champion Bruins posted a season-high 196.725 to easily defeat Arizona (193.8) in a dual meet in Tucson on Friday. Bruin sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around with a career-high 39.675 and captured first place on bars (career-high 9.95) and beam (9.95). She also picked up a season-high on floor with a 9.9. UCLA has won both home meets this season, including a season-opening victory over current No. 4 Utah, 196.600-195.125. Three UCLA gymnasts are ranked among the nation’s top 10 in the all-around: Zamarripa (No. 4, 39.438 season average), Anna Li (No. 6, 39.381) and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (No. 7, 39.375).
The UCLA Series
UCLA has won nine consecutive meets against Pac-10 schools at Pauley Pavilion, since losing to Stanford on Jan. 15, 2007. The teams have met 11 times since 2007, with Stanford holding a 6-5 lead. This is their second meeting this year, following Stanford’s 196.425-195.825 dual-meet victory on Jan. 24 before a standing-room only crowd of 1,503 at Stanford’s Burnham Pavilion. Stanford had seven collegiate career bests while closing out the Bruins with four consecutive 9.9-plus performances on its final rotation, the floor exercise.
Gymnast of the Week: Ashley Morgan
Ashley Morgan, a freshman from Danville, Calif., is the reigning Pac-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for her performance in the Cardinal’s quad meet victories Sunday at Burnham Pavilion. Competing in the all-around for the first time as a collegian, Morgan set four collegiate career bests and won two events on the way to capturing a third, the all-around title. Her score of 39.450 was the highest for a Stanford freshman since Carly Janiga scored a 39.575 in 2007. Morgan posted scores of 9.875 in the vault (first), 9.800 on the bars (sixth), 9.875 on the beam (9.875), and 9.90 on the floor (second). The victories were her first in collegiate competition and helped Stanford score a season-high 196.650 points to beat No. 24 Washington (194.075), Sacramento State (193.225) and San Jose State (192.800).
Stanford’s Most Recent Lineup (used Feb. 7):
This was the lineup Stanford used in its most recent meet Feb. 7, in a home quad meet. On Sunday, the Cardinal begins on bars, and continues with the vault, floor and beam:
Vault: Blair Ryland, Danielle Ikoma, Carly Janiga, Allyse Ishino, Ashley Morgan, Shelley Alexander.
Bars: Shelley Alexander, Nicole Pechanec, Alyssa Brown, Allyse Ishino, Carly Janiga.
Beam: Alyssa Brown, Allyse Ishino, Ashley Morgan, Danielle Ikoma, Shelley Alexander, Ashley Morgan.
Floor: Tenaya West, Blair Ryland, Ashley Morgan, Nicole Pechanec, Shelley Alexander, Carly Janiga.
Stanford in the National Rankings
Stanford opened the season ranked No. 7 in the GymInfo coaches’ poll. However, all subsequent rankings during the season are empirical, based on average team scores. Therefore, Stanford’s scores in its first two meets became the team’s new determining factor in the rankings. The following are the leaders in the current rankings:
1, Oklahoma 196.425; 2, Alabama 196.405; 3, Arkansas 196.120; 4, Utah 196.060; 5, UCLA 196.042; 6, Florida 196.020; 7, Oregon State 196.010; 8, Stanford 195.985; 9, Georgia 195.850; 10, Nebraska 195.570. 11, LSU 195.380; 12, Kentucy 195.320; 13, Michigan 195.240; 14, Auburn 195.215; 15, Penn State 195.165; 16, Iowa State 195.080; 17, Missouri 195.030; 18, Southern Utah 194.585; 19, Denver 194.465; 20, Illinois 194.430. 21, Arizona 194.300; 22, Michigan State 194.146; 23, North Carolina State 194.094; 24, Washington 193.970; 25, Arizona State 193.915.
What the Rankings Mean
Unlike other collegiate athletics rankings, gymnastics is not based on wins and losses or votes, but by season scoring average. Starting Feb. 15, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score, which is based on each team’s top six regular-season scores. At least three scores must come from away meets. The highest score is then dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. The 36 teams with the highest RQS earn NCAA regional berths. Stanford is shooting for an RQS among the top six, which would enable the Cardinal to earn a No. 1 seed.
Team Scores in Rankings
In every event, Stanford is among the national top 20 in average score. Here is how the Cardinal ranks, and its season averages:
Overall: 8th, 195.985
Vault: 4th, 49.120
Bars: 4th, 49.100
Beam: 12th, 48.680
Floor: 3rd, 49.085
Individual Scores in Rankings
Here is how Cardinal individuals rank among the nation’s top 25, with their season averages:
All-around: 3rd, Ashley Morgan, 39.450; 11th, Carly Janiga, 39.285
Vault: 24th, Ashley Morgan, 9.845
Bars: 6th, Carly Janiga, 9.885
Floor: 16th, Ashley Morgan, 9.860
23rd, Nicole Pechanec, 9.840
Next Home Meet: Feb. 28 at Maples Pavilion
Stanford will take on rival California, as well as North Carolina and Eastern Michigan in its final home meet of the season, Feb. 28 at Maples Pavilion (2 p.m.). The competition will mark the final home meet for seniors Stephanie Carter, Allyse Ishino, Carly Janiga, Blair Ryland, and Tenaya West. North Carolina is ranked No. 35 in the country with a 192.913 average, Eastern Michigan is No. 45 at 191.258, and Cal is No. 49 at 190.413. North Carolina includes two sisters -- freshman Michelle Ikoma and senior Christine Nguyen -- of Stanford gymnasts.
All-America Carly Janiga
Senior captain Carly Janiga entered the season with six All-America honors, including four first-team selections. Janiga was the 2009 NCAA uneven bars runner-up with a score of 9.9125, giving Stanford its highest NCAA individual finish since 2001. She also earned second-team All-America honors in the all-around. Janiga won both the Pac-10 and NCAA South Central Regional all-around titles last season and is expected to be a contender for the 2010 NCAA crown. Janiga also is a three-time Scholastic All-American and is among nine gymnasts at Stanford since 2000 to double as an All-American athletically and academically.