UCLA Gymnasts Host Stanford On Valentine's Day
Feb. 11, 2010
UCLA Hosts Stanford -- Two Top 10 teams from the Pac-10 battle it out on Valentine's Day as fifth-ranked UCLA (6-1) hosts eighth-ranked Stanford (6-2) on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 pm. The meet, which will be held in Pauley Pavilion, is UCLA's annual Breast Cancer Awareness meet. Both teams are coming off season-high marks last weekend - UCLA with a 196.725 and Stanford with a 196.650.
Think Pink -- Fans can purchase a pink UCLA t-shirt for $10 and receive free admission to the meet and to the Feb. 20 women's basketball game vs. Washington State and the May 1 softball game vs. Oregon. Shirts will be sold outside gate 2. All proceeds will benefit the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. In addition, pink pom-poms will be distributed to the first 500 fans in attendance.
Tickets -- Lower-level tickets cost $12 for adults/$10 for youth (16 and under). Mid-level seating is $8 for adults/$6 for youth. UCLA students are free with ID. For the best value, season tickets are on sale for $45. The season ticket package includes lower-level seating for all five regular season home meets plus the NCAA West Regionals on Apr. 10.
Live Coverage -- UCLABruins.com will host a free live video and audio broadcast, in addition to live scoring.
In The Rankings -- UCLA moved up one to fifth in the national rankings with a season average of 196.042. The Bruins maintain the No. 1 position on bars with a 49.204 average and are ranked second on vault (49.2), 10th on beam (48.729) and 12th on floor (48.908).
Individually, the Bruins have three gymnasts ranked in the Top 10 in the all-around - No. 4 Vanessa Zamarripa (39.438), No. 6 Anna Li (39.381) and No. 7 Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (39.375). Hopfner-Hibbs is the nation's top-ranked gymnasts on floor for the fifth-straight week with a 9.919 average. She also ranks fifth on beam with a 9.855 average and 20th on vault with a 9.85 average. Zamarripa is ranked in the Top 5 on three of the four events, checking in at No. 2 on bars (9.917), No. 3 on beam (9.867) and No. 5 on vault (9.883). Li is ranked on two events - No. 3 on bars (9.9) and No. 24 on vault (9.845). Brittani McCullough is also ranked on two events - No. 18 on vault (9.856) and No. 15 on floor (9.865). Other Bruins in the Top 25 are Tauny Frattone on vault (No. 14, 9.863), Monique De La Torre on bars (No. 11, 9.867) and Lichelle Wong on bars (No. 24, 9.830).
Pride Of The Pac -- UCLA and Stanford have shared the last 13 Pac-10 Conference titles, with UCLA claiming eight titles (2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999 and 1997). Stanford has five titles (2008, 2006, 2004, 2001 and 1998).
Scouting The Cardinal -- Stanford (6-2) is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation with a season average of 195.985. and ranks third as a team on floor (49.085), fourth on vault (49.120) and bars (49.100) and 12th on beam (48.680). Freshman Ashley Morgan is this week's Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week after scoring a 39.45 in her all-around debut. The score catapulted her into third in the national all-around rankings. Senior Carly Janiga ranks 11th in the all-around (39.285). Janiga is the reigning Pac-10 all-around champion.
Last Time Vs. Stanford -- UCLA and Stanford met three weeks ago in Stanford, with the Cardinal claiming a 196.425-195.825 victory to hand the Bruins their only loss of the season. The Bruins were leading the competition until the third rotation, when they had to count two falls on floor. UCLA rebounded in the final rotation with a season-high 49.3 on beam to score a total of 195.875. Anna Li won the all-around with a season-high 39.575 and also captured first place on bars. Vanessa Zamarripa was near-perfect on two events, receiving a perfect 10 from one of the two judges on both vault and beam.
The Series With Stanford -- UCLA leads the overall series with Stanford, 41-11-1, during the regular season. The last time Stanford competed in Pauley Pavilion was on Jan. 27, 2008. The Bruins edged the Cardinal by the slimmest of margins, 195.050-195.025.
Bruins Score Season-Best In Win At Arizona -- UCLA posted a season-high 196.725 to easily defeat Arizona (193.8) in a dual meet in Tucson on Feb. 5. 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. The Bruins hit 24-for-24 routines without a fall.
Setting The Bar -- The Bruins have been ranked No. 1 in the nation on the uneven bars since Jan. 25, no doubt due to their extreme consistency on the event. In six meets, the Bruins have hit 35 of 36 bar routines, with 22 routines scoring 9.8 or higher and nine routines scoring 9.9 or higher. Two Bruins are averaging 9.9 or higher - Vanessa Zamarripa (9.917) and Anna Li (9.9). UCLA averages 49.204 on the event, with a high of 49.35 set Jan. 31 against Arizona State.
High-Scoring Zamarripa -- Sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa has been racking up some big scores this season for the Bruins. Nine of her 18 routines have scored 9.9 or higher. Remarkably, her highest marks have come on balance beam, where the margin of error is much greater than on any other event. Zamarripa has a 9.975 and a 9.95 to her credit this year, with both scores coming on the road (9.975 at Stanford, 9.95 at Arizona). Zamarripa is nationally ranked in the Top 5 in the all-around and on three events.
Models Of Consistency -- Sophomore Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and redshirt junior Brittani McCullough have been amongst UCLA's most consistent gymnasts the past two seasons. McCullough is a perfect 15-for-15 this year, with 13 of her 15 marks at 9.8 or above. Hopfner-Hibbs is 14-for-14, with 11 scores at 9.8 or above and six at 9.9 or above. McCullough has 45 routines in a row without a fall, while Hopfner-Hibbs has hit 34 in a row.
Li's All-Around Excellence -- Senior Anna Li has made a triumphant return to all-around competition, ranking sixth in the nation and posting one of the top scores this season, 39.575. Li, who had not gone all-around since 2008 due to injuries, has three all-around wins and a second-place finish in four meets. She is averaging 39.381 with a season-high mark of 39.575 at Stanford. Li leads the Bruins with nine individual victories this season and has won bars in four of the five meets in which she has competed, with two 9.95s and two 9.925s to her credit.
Frattone Has Successful Return -- Sophomore Tauny Frattone, who missed most of last season with injuries, has made a successful return to competition, ranking in the Top 20 nationally on vault and as high as No. 1 three weeks ago. Frattone has career-highs of 9.925 on vault, 9.825 on bars, 9.85 on floor and 38.725 in the all-around. She has picked up two first-place showings on vault and one on floor this season.
Dutch Treat -- Freshman Lichelle Wong had her best performance of her brief collegiate career two weeks ago against Arizona State, recording a pair of career-high 9.9s on bars and floor to place second and third, respectively, on those events. She is currently ranked No. 24 in the nation on bars with an average of 9.830. Wong is the reigning Dutch national all-around champion and a two-time World Championships competitor. She placed eighth on uneven bars at the 2007 European Championships.
De La Torre Delights In Debut -- Freshman Monique De La Torre's first ever collegiate routine was one to remember, as she scored a 9.9 on the uneven bars to win the event at Cal on Jan. 22. De La Torre totaled 38.5 in her first all-around attempt to place in the Top 5. She had a strong meet at Stanford two days later, scoring 9.85 on vault, 9.825 on bars and 9.775 as the leadoff performer on beam. De La Torre had another solid performance at Arizona last weekend, placing second on bars with a 9.875 and earning marks of 9.775 on vault and 9.575 on beam. She currently ranks 11th in the nation on uneven bars with a season average of 9.867.
Bruins Honored By Pac-10 -- UCLA has had three Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors in the past four weeks - Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs in Week 2 for her 9.9 on floor at Washington, Vanessa Zamarripa in Week 3 for her 9.975 on beam at Stanford, and Brittani McCullough in Week 4 for her 9.925 vault vs. ASU. In Week 1, Hopfner-Hibbs was named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around in the season opener against Utah.
NCAA West Regionals Coming To Pauley Pavilion In April -- UCLA will be hosting the NCAA West Regionals in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, April 10 at 6 pm. The NCAA Regional meet is the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships. The top two teams, as well as the top two all-around competitors not on an advancing team, from each of the six regionals around the country will receive an automatic berth to the 2010 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, being held April 22-24, at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships in that event only, if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around competition.
Lower-level reserved tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for youth. Mid-level general admission seats are $10 for adults and $8 for youth. Regional tickets are included in the UCLA Gymnastics season ticket package, which costs just $45 and includes the remaining four regular season meets.