Jan. 7, 2013
Friday, Jan. 11 - CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4 - at SJSU NorCal Quad (3rd, 191.400)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (1-2) opened the season with Stanford and Sacramento State at the San Jose State NorCal Quad meet, held this year at university's Event Center... The Aggies overcame a slow start on beam to score 48.425 on floor exercise and 48.475 on vault in moving past Causeway Cup rival Sacramento State for third place in the meet... Senior Michelle Ho had the team's highest individual finishes, tying Stanford's Ashley Morgan for first place on bars at 9.800 and placing second on floor with a 9.800... Junior Anna Shumaker had the Aggies' highest score of the night, hitting 9.825 on vault in the third rotation.
Two UC Davis freshmen went 3-for-3 in their collegiate debuts... Dani Judal scored 9.700 on beam, 9.650 on floor and 9.625 on bars... Jamie Yamashita scored 9.675 on beam, 9.550 on vault and 9.600 on bars... Head coach John Lavallee reached into his bench for the meet, having lost Katie Yamamura to a toe injury in Thursday's practice... She is expected to return in this Friday's home opener against Cal.
The 191.400 is the highest season-opening score in program history... UC Davis went 191.300 at home against San Jose State/Alaska Anchorage to kick off the 2011 season, and had compiled a 191.000 in a home quad meet with Cal State Fullerton, San Jose State and UW-Whitewater the year before... Last season, the Aggies scored 190.500 at Arizona State in the opener.
UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts West Region foe California in dual meet at the Pavilion on Friday... The Golden Bears finished 49th (one place ahead of the Aggies) in last year's national RQS standings in 2012...
NEW TICKETING INFO: Tickets are available through the UC Davis Ticket Office, now run by the athletics department... They can be purchased online at tickets.ucdavis.edu or by calling 530/752-AGS1... General admission remains $5; however, new for 2013 are 100 premium arena-level seats near the floor exercise area... These seats cost $10 and are designated as the "R" section when reserving tickets... Tickets are still free for UC Davis undergraduates.
CALIFORNIA (3-0) enjoyed an outstanding start under first-year head coach Justin Howell, scoring a 195.425 to outperform Kentucky (195.125), Arizona (194.825) and Auburn (194.625), all of which appeared in the preseason Top 25... Senior Madisyn O'Brien scored a career-high 39.125 to place second in the individual all-around... She scored 9.900 on bars, 9.825 on beam and 9.800 on vault... The 195.425 team total is the highest by a Golden Bears squad since Mar. 23, 2007, when Cal scored a 196.500 at - wait for it - the UC Davis Pavilion... O'Brien was one of three Bears to qualify for last year's NCAA Seattle Regional, along with then juniors Mariesah Pierce and Nicolette Lew... Pierce, who sat out the regional due to injury, scored 9.750 on bars, 9.825 on beam and 9.800 on floor in her 2013 opener on Sunday.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"Overall, I'd have to say we are both pleased and unsatisfied with the meet. We had some bright shining points and we had some things that didn't go the way any of us expected. Our performance on beam was not indicative of the way we've been practicing and of the level of preparation we've had. Hopefully, it will be our mulligan. But when you look at Friday, we didn't have Katie Yamamura. Some people stepped up and did a very good job. We had two freshmen who hit three routines, and another freshman, Steph Stamates, did a very good job stepping in on vault for us. Our senior captains did a great job, particularly on floor. Michelle Ho won bars against Stanford. To start the year like that gives us a lot to cheer about."
"Absent a couple of hiccups on balance beam, I thought we did a good job. We were very good as a unit. Everyone who was not competing on an event was doing every job they could do to help that person to be successful. That's a big part of being in a team environment and the team really did an excellent job with it."
"We've got the first meet behind us and now we need to start taking our level of performance in practice and put it on the competition floor. We have a bunch of things we need to correct - steps on tumbling passes, cast handstands. Those little things add up as a tenth here and a tenth there. If everybody fixes one tenth, that's two points in the team score."