Feb. 11, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Julia Richards posted a 9.775 on balance beam and UC Davis scored season-high marks on two events en route to a 191.775 team total, but visiting Sacramento State managed to stay ahead of the host Aggies with a 192.925 score during a women's collegiate gymnastics dual at the Pavilion Friday.
UC Davis' dual record drops to 1-6 on the season. Both teams are members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Richards' beam score, tied for second place in the meet, matched her career high set last season and is the highest score by any Aggie in any event this season. As a team, UC Davis posted a season-best 48.275 on uneven bars, a 47.625 on beam and a 48.225 on floor exercise. The bars total exceeds the team's previous 2005 high by more than a half-point.
The team total surpassed by better than four full points UC Davis' previous season high. In the first three meets, the Aggies scored from 187.050 to 187.475.
"I didn't know what we were capable of. I could only guess and estimate what we might have gotten," said UC Davis head coach Ray Goldbar. "We told the team that if could stay aggressive on beam and bars, and stay consistent on vault and floor, that we could score about 190. So this was more than we expected."
"This is most definitely a step forward for us. We'll look to do this again in the next meet, too."
Sacramento State swept the top three finishes on vault, bars and floor. Nirvana Zaher captured the vault at 9.750 and tied for second on floor with teammate Stefanie Aeder with a 9.775 mark. Jessica Hoffman, also the meet's lone all-arounder at 39.075, won the floor exercise with a 9.850 score. Hoffman finished among the top three all four events, tying for second on both vault and beam, and adding a third-place bars mark.
Alexis Tsurumoto won the uneven bars with a 9.850, edging teammate Meloney Greer, who contributed a 9.825. The Hornets compiled a bars score of 48.675 in the competition's first rotation.
Although sidelined from practice all week due to illness, Aggie senior Tiffany Chan posted her team's highest scores on both vault (9.650) and floor exercise (9.750), both good for fourth place on each respective apparatus. Senior Nicole Doherty, a late fill-in on uneven bars, placed fourth with a season-best 9.700.
Sophomore Megan Nakagawa made her season debut with a 9.500 to lead the Aggies off on vault, then provided a 9.400 on beam and a 9.600 on floor. UC Davis freshman Michelle Kulovitz also enjoyed a strong meet, scoring 9.625 on vault and 9.600 on beam.
UC Davis returns to action on February 18 for home meet with Seattle Pacific and Cal St. Fullerton.
TEAM SCORES - 1. Sacramento State, 192.925; 2. UC Davis, 191.775.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Jessica Hoffman, SAC, 39.075.
VAULT - 1. Nirvana Zaher, SAC, 9.750; 2 (tie). Nicole Giao, SAC; Jessica Hoffman, SAC, 9.700.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Alexis Tsurumoto, SAC, 9.850; 2. Meloney Greer, SAC, 9.825; 3. Jessica Hoffman, SAC, 9.750.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. Melissa Genovese, SAC, 9.825; 2 (tie). Julia Richards, UC Davis; Jessica Hoffman, 9.775.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Jessica Hoffman, SAC, 9.850; 2 (tie). Stefanie Aeder, SAC; Nirvana Zaher, SAC, 9.775.