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Beauty and the Beast Features Top-20 Gymnastics Matchup

Jan 18, 2023

TEMPE – No. 20 Sun Devil Gymnastics opens up Pac-12 play in Desert Financial Arena with the Beauty and the Beast meet against No. 19 Stanford this Friday at 7 p.m. MST, splitting the venue with No. 8 Sun Devil Wrestling.

Beauty and the Beast
Back for the first time since 2020, the Gym Devils will compete simultaneously with Sun Devil Wrestling, who will be competing against Cal Poly. The wrestling mat will be on the east side of the floor with the four gymnastics events on the west, north and south sides.

Fan Information
Sun Devil Hockey will also have a game Friday night at Mullett Arena, so fans may expect heavy traffic. Wrestling will be hosting Cal Poly in Desert Financial Arena as well, so even more delays are possible.  For parking this weekend, please enter lot 59 on the far north side of the football stadium. Take Rio Salado West off of Scottsdale/Rural road and turn left onto Marina Heights. Follow the lot down to DFA and park in lot 59. Please do not park anywhere on the east side of Packard drive or in any of the structures.
How To Follow
Those not in attendance can watch on the ASU Live Stream. Live scoring will also be available. And as always, follow along on Twitter (@SunDevilGym) and Instagram (@sundevilgymnastics) for updates.
Sun Devil Outlook
Arizona State (3-2, 0-0 Pac-12)

  • The Gym Devils kicked off their home campaign last Friday with two wins in a tri-meet with Eastern Michigan and UC Davis. Arizona State improved after the first week, hitting the 196-plus mark for the first time this season and hitting every routine.
  • This home meet against Stanford is the second of three home meets in a row for ASU. 
  • Junior Emily White had a stand-out meet, winning three event titles: vault (9.875), floor (9.850) and the all-around (39.375). She scored above a 9.8 in each event in the last two meets. 
  • Another solid all-around performance came from senior Hannah Scharf in the home opener, who also won the floor title with a 9.850. She had a 39.350 in the all-around, scoring at least a 9.800 in every event.
  • Two career-highs were reached in the win last Friday: junior Cienna Samiley scored a 9.875 on bars and freshman Kayla Lee led off on beam with a 9.800.

Opponent Outlook
Stanford (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12)

  • The Cardinal earned a come-from-behind victory in its home opener Saturday, besting the San Jose State Spartans 196.100 to 195.850 inside Maples Pavilion. 
  • Redshirt sophomore Ira Alexeeva was named the Pac-12 Coaches Choice of the Week on Tuesday after returning to competition after an injury and helping the team to a win.
  • The all-time series record between ASU and Stanford is tied at 19-19, with the Sun Devils winning four dual meets in a row over the Cardinal. In 2022, Arizona State won on the road with a big 197.375.