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Bruins Edged by Stanford by .050

Feb 12, 2022
Emma Malabuyo

Stanford, Calif. – UCLA received season-high all-around performances from Chae Campbell (39.500) and Emma Malabuyo (39.475), a perfect 10 from Jordan Chiles on uneven bars, and closed out the meet with four consecutive scores of 9.9 or higher on balance beam, but was edged out by host Stanford by a slim .050 margin, 196.900-196.850. Kyla Bryant's 9.975 on floor exercise on the final routine clinched the victory for the Cardinal.

The Bruins led by a slim margin (147.525-147.300) going into the final rotation and had a rocky start to balance beam when Ana Padurariu's foot missed the beam on her dismount, and Chiles had a big wobble on her series. But the fight shown by both Bruins to stay on their feet set the tone for the rest of the rotation, as the final four competitors each scored 9.9 or higher. Malabuyo and Campbell each earned 9.900, Samantha Sakti tied her career-best with a 9.950 that included a perfect 10 from one judge, and Kendal Poston, a late replacement on the event, closed the meet with a career-high-tying 9.9 to give UCLA a team total of 49.325. But Stanford recorded four scores of 9.9 or better on floor exercise, including Bryant's 9.975, and totaled 49.600 to edge out the Bruins.

Rotation 1 – UCLA Bars, Stanford Vault
Led by Chiles' first 10.0 on uneven bars, the Bruins scored 49.350 to take a 0.375 lead over the Cardinal, who scored 48.975 on vault. UCLA had four scores of 9.825 or higher – Chiles' 10, Norah Flatley's 9.900, Emma Malabuyo's 9.875 and Chae Campbell's 9.825. The 10 by Chiles was her second consecutive 10, after she earned a perfect mark on floor last week against Utah.

Rotation 2 – UCLA Vault, Stanford Bars
Campbell scored her fourth 9.9 vault in five meets to once again lead the Bruins, who scored 49.150. The Bruins rested a few competitors and lowered the difficulty on Chiles' vault, but still scored 49.150 thanks to Campbell's 9.9, her fourth 9.9 score in five meets, and Chiles' fourth consecutive 9.875. Also scoring well were Malabuyo, who tied her career-high with a 9.825, and Sekai Wright, who scored 9.825 in her season debut on vault. Stanford tightened UCLA's lead with a 49.450 on uneven bars, led by Bryant's 9.95 and Breanna Neault's 9.9.

Rotation 3 – UCLA Floor, Stanford Beam
The Bruins maintained their lead by scoring 49.025 on floor exercise, while Stanford scored 48.875 on balance beam. Malabuyo scored a career-high 9.875, a score that was matched by Campbell. Chiles added a 9.825, and Wright scored 9.775. Sophomore Katie McNamara made her UCLA debut with a 9.675 score after filling in for Pauline Tratz, who was held out to protect her ankle.

Rotation 4 – UCLA Beam, Stanford Floor
After two sub-9.7 scores on beam to start, the Bruins rallied with four-straight routines scoring 9.9 or higher, led by Sakti's 9.95. Stanford took the victory with six marks of 9.850 or better, including two 9.925s and a 9.975 to close.

UCLA (2-5, 1-3 in Pac-12) will compete next at Arizona State on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 2pm PT.