UCLA Records Highest Team Score In Five Years In Win Over Oregon State
Feb. 21, 2010
Los Angeles, Calif. - Ninth-ranked UCLA posted its highest team score since 2005, earning 197.375 to hand third-ranked Oregon State (196.325) its first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion.
Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around for the third consecutive meet, tying her career-high with a 39.675. She also recorded first-place finishes on vault (9.925) and floor exercise (career-high 9.95) and was second on the two others events, uneven bars (9.925) and balance beam (9.875).
UCLA started the meet with a 49.375 on vault after recording six vaults of 9.8 or better. Monique De La Torre led off with a 9.8, followed by a 9.825 from Aisha Gerber on her first vault of the season. Anna Li had a stuck vault and scored 9.85. Brittani McCullough powered a high vault for a 9.9 score. Tauny Frattone earned a 9.875, and Zamarripa closed with a 9.925. Oregon State scored 48.9 on uneven bars, led by a 9.925 from Laura-Ann Chong.
Uneven bars saw another 49+ score by the Bruins. A pair of 9.925s from Zamarripa and Li led the way to a 49.3 team score. Also recording high marks for UCLA were De La Torre with a 9.85, McCullough with a 9.825 and Gerber with a 9.75. Oregon State earned 49.075 on vault, thanks to a 9.925 from Mandi Rodriguez and a 9.875 from Becky Colvin.
UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field implemented a new strategy on balance beam after counting falls in two of the last three meets, putting up two of the Bruins' most consistent beam workers as the leadoff gymnasts to stabilize the lineup. The strategy worked, as the Bruins scored 49.225, its highest. Li led off with a 9.85, a score that was equaled by Hopfner-Hibbs in the No. 2 spot. Following a fall in the No. 3 slot, Gerber and Zamarripa delivered with routines scoring 9.8 and 9.875, respectively. Competing last, Mizuki Sato needed a hit routine for the Bruins to avoid a fall, and she responded with a career-high tying 9.85. Oregon State, meanwhile, was strong on floor, scoring 49.075, led by a 9.9 from Melanie Jones.
With a 0.85 lead heading into the final rotation, UCLA finished on floor exercise with a season-high tying 49.475. Frattone led off with a career-high 9.875. Lichelle Wong shook off a rough meet and also scored 9.875. Zamarripa completed another outstanding meet with a 9.95. Li earned a 9.9, McCullough a 9.85, and Hopfner-Hibbs closed with a 9.875. Oregon State finished off strong as well, scoring 49.275 on beam.