Cal Begins Three-Meet Road Trip At ASU
BERKELEY – The ninth-ranked California women's gymnastics team begins a three-meet road trip on Sunday afternoon as they take on No. 15 Arizona State at 4 p.m. at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Arizona.
Cal is coming off back-to-back impressive showings after defeating No. 3 Utah with a 197.525 score and then coming back and winning against Arizona with a 197.575 score. Those are the sixth- and eighth-highest team totals in school history. Cal is now the lone undefeated team remaining in the Pac-12 Conference, with two conference meets remaining.
The Bears have opened the season by winning six consecutive meets, including three straight decisive wins over top-20 opponents in No. 14 Oregon State, No. 19 Stanford and No. 3 Utah, before taking down Arizona in their most recent competition by 1.550 points.
Maya Bordas stood out for the Bears as she equaled a career-best in the all-around with a 39.575, while recording 9.95 score on both the bars and beam. She claimed three first place finishes vs. the Wildcats. Maddie Williams continued her strong freshman campaign as she has recorded at least a 9.85 on all six bars routines this year and recorded at least one top-three finish at every meet this year.
The Bears recorded the second-best beam score in school history with a 49.575 on Monday afternoon. All five scorers had at least a 9.875 and the Bears were led by a 9.95 score from Bordas and a 9.925 mark from standout sophomore Andi Li.
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The Sunday afternoon contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Live results will be available on CalBears.com.
BORDAS UP FOR AAI AWARD
After winning the NCAA Championship on uneven bars last year, Bordas has been named an AAI Award Nominee. The senior is an All-American and has been very active on Cal's campus. She has a job lined up with Deloitte after graduating from Cal this spring. In the gym, she has five event wins this year and 12 top-three finishes. She tied her career high with a 39.575 in Cal's win over Arizona, recorded a 9.95 on both the uneven bars and balance beam.
Andi Li has had a standout sophomore season, claiming six event wins in the first six weeks of the season, the same amount as she had during the entirety of her freshman campaign. She has also scored a 9.90 or above 11 times so far this season as she has recorded 18 top-three finishes. She is in the top 25 nationally on the uneven bars, floor exercise and the all-around.
Cal is undefeated during the 2022 season, winning the first six meets of the year and starting 5-0 in Pac-12 meets. After defeating No. 3 Utah, the Bears are now in pole position for the Pac-12 Regular Season Championship, needing wins over No. 15 Arizona State and No. 18 UCLA in their final two meets to claim their first-ever regular season crown.
After missing the entirety of her freshman campaign and the first four meets of her sophomore season, Gabby Perea made her collegiate debut vs. Utah and scored a 9.90 and took third place on bars. She also notched a 9.825 score on floor. Perea joined the lineup after Milan Clausi and Mya Lauzon were ruled out for the meet. Additionally, Nina Schank recorded her first all-around of the season, performing a new series on beam and setting a season-high on vault and floor. Maddie Williams was in the vault lineup for the first time in her career and scored a 9.85. She also recorded a 9.90 on bars and now has scored at least a 9.85 on bars in all five meets during her freshman season.
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