Feb. 18, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Tiffany Chan posted a season-high 9.825 to win floor exercise and lead UC Davis to victory in a women's collegiate gymnastics triangular meet with Cal St. Fullerton and Seattle Pacific Friday at the Pavilion. In a meet that came down to the two final performances, the Aggies scored 190.325 overall, edging the second-place Falcons, which compiled a 190.025 total. The Titans placed third in the meet with a 188.950 score.
UC Davis improves its dual score to 3-6, picking up its first wins since the opening weekend with UC Berkeley and Brown University.
Chan's score, the highest by any gymnast in any event during the meet, finished an Aggies' floor rotation that saw one fall and three out-of-bounds penalties. The Falcons had entered the sixth rotation with a 142.675 three-event total, exactly three-tenths higher than UC Davis.
When Chan took the floor, she needed to score approximately five-tenths better than SPU standout Debra Huss, who anchored the Falcons' beam lineup. Huss scored a 9.675 on that apparatus, good for a share of first place in the event. However, Chan performed her season-best floor routine to take a 9.825 score and lift her team to the win.
"We did well enough to win it. We looked like we were going to give it away on floor, which is an event where she should get momentum and finish up strong," said Aggie head coach Ray Goldbar. "We gave up a few tenths there, but that happens sometimes when people are fired up and put too much into their run and go out of bounds."
"We needed that out of Tiffany, just to pull off the win. Had she bobbled and scored just a 9.500, Seattle would have won. It's always nice to beat Seattle, and it's the first time we've ever beaten Fullerton, too."
UC Davis sophomore Julia Richards shared the beam win with Huss, posting a 9.675 from the fifth position of the lineup. Other Aggie placewinners included Michelle Kulovitz, who placed second on vault at 9.725; and Nicole Doherty, who took third on bars with a 9.575 mark.
"Other than bars, I look at this as an even better meet than last week," Goldbar added, referring to the season-high 191.775 the Aggies scored at home against Sacramento State. "Beam looked better than last week and on floor, we had some plusses that we didn't have last time."
Jamie Howe, Brittany Evans and Brittany Hoffman were the top finishers for Fullerton. Howe finished second on bars with a 9.600, Evans tied for third on floor with a 9.700, while Hoffman took sole third place on vault at 9.700. Hoffman and Evans also placed third and fourth, respectively, in the individual all-around.
Huss won the individual all-around with a four-event total of 38.675. She also won the uneven bars at 9.675 and finished second on floor at 9.775. Teammate Kari Kelly enjoyed a solid meet, winning vault a 9.800 and sharing third place on floor at 9.700.
The meet scoring was remarkably close at the meet's midway point. UC Davis had 94.750 to the Falcons' 94.575, while the Titans were close behind at 94.325 after two events. However, Fullerton struggled to a 46.675 on beam to drop out of the race in the fifth rotation.
UC Davis and Seattle Pacific meet again on Saturday, when both teams travel to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival San Jose State for a triangular meet.
TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 190.325; 2. Seattle Pacific, 190.025; 3. Cal St. Fullerton, 188.950.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Debra Huss, SPU, 38.675; 2. Sarah Sullivan, SPU, 38.050; 3. Brittany Hoffman, CSF, 37.350.
VAULT - 1. Kari Kelly, SPU, 9.800; 2. Michelle Kulovitz, UC Davis, 9.725; 3. Brittany Hoffman, CSF, 9.700.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Debra Huss, SPU, 9.675; 2. Jamie Howe, CSF, 9.600; 3. Nicole Doherty, UC Davis, 9.575.
BALANCE BEAM - 1 (tie). Julia Richards, UC Davis; Debra Huss, SPU, 9.675; 3. Sarah Sullivan, SPU, 9.625.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Tiffany Chan, UC Davis, 9.825; 2. Debra Huss, SPU, 9.775; 3 (tie). Brittany Evans, CSF; Kari Kelly, SPU, 9.700.