Jan. 14, 2013
Friday, Jan. 18 - at Washington w/California & UIC, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 11 - CALIFORNIA (2nd, 192.425)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (1-3) improved its team score by a full point to 192.425 in Friday's home opener against Cal... The Aggies scored a 49.100 on floor exercise, 9th in school history and the highest since a 49.250 at the 2004 MPSF Championships... Senior Michelle Ho posted wins on both uneven bars (9.850) and floor exercise (9.925), setting career highs on each... Ho's floor score ranks 4th in the Aggie record book, behind only the three-way school record held by Tiffany Chan (2004), Flora Bare (2001) and Poppy Major (2001)... Chan hit her mark in that same 2004 conference meet in which the Aggies went 49.250... Ho now ranks 6th on floor (9.863), T7th on bars (9.825) in the West region (based on total average)... The team floor score marks the first time at 49 or better since a 49.000 in March 2010 (coincidentally, at home against Cal)... Besides Ho, Taryn West and Stephanie Stamates each scored 9.825 in the event.
Junior Anna Shumaker competed in her second all-around meet, improving to 38.175 overall... She posted a 9.800 on vault (coming off last week's 9.825), and nearly hit a career best on floor... She earned 9.850 marks from each judge but lost a tenth by stepping out of bounds... Shumaker was the brightest spot (9.725) on an otherwise disappointing 46.825 beam performance by the Aggies... According to assistant coach Tamara Ross, the UC Davis beam squad consistently posts high-48s in practice, making the 47.075 and 46.825 compiled thus far a relative anomaly... Senior Katie Yamamura made her season debut after sitting out the SJSU NorCal quad meet due to a toe injury... She tied for second on vault at 9.825 en route to a 38.550 all-around.
UP NEXT: UC Davis heads north to Washington for another quadrangular with California and Illinois-Chicago... The last time the Aggies competed at UW as a team was February 12, 1999 in a tri meet with Stanford, although the program has sent individuals to the "Hec Ed" during NCAA regionals in 2003 (Michelle Naito, Tiffany Chan) and last year (Yamamura, Tiana Montell).
WASHINGTON (0-1), which ranked 17th in the 2013 preseason coaches poll, scored a 193.500 in its season opener at Minnesota on Saturday... Junior and two-time NCAA Championships qualifier Aliza Vaccher won the individual all-around at 38.850, senior Lauren Rogers tied for second on vault (9.900) while sophomore McKenzie Fechter and senior Paige Bixler chopped second place on floor (9.775) to highlight Husky action...
CALIFORNIA (4-0) scored a 194.575 at Friday's dual meet against UC Davis, getting individual wins from junior Alicia Asturias on vault (9.900) and the all-around (39.300)... Carol Chang edged teammate Mariesah Pierce 9.775 to 9.750 on balance beam, although that apparatus proved to be the Golden Bears' departure from their near-196 pace: Cal counted two falls to slip to 47.725 on beam after scoring 48.575, 49.100 and 49.175 in the three previous rotations...
UIC (0-1) scored a 191.700 in a dual loss against No. 19 Penn State, competing in a rare co-ed meet with the Flames' men's team... Senior Chantel Turk scored a 9.800 on vault to lead her team's 48.475 in the first rotation... Junior Catherine Dion tied Penn State's Sharaya Musser for the beam title at 9.825... UIC achieved its highest year-end national ranking (28th) in school history last season, making a ninth NCAA regional appearance.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"Overall, we're not really where we should be based on our preparation for the season. We have some things we need to fix. Obviously, our performance on balance beam was subpar. We're making good strides on bars, and floor and vaulting are there. It's early in the season but we have some work to do to figure some things out. Hopefully, we'll start to look on every event like we looked on floor last Friday. That's our goal."
"We've got a lot of very good things in place that we need to work hard on continuing. Our performances on vault and floor are right where they need to be. Fortunately, we also have some depth on floor to help us keep doing that. On bars, we have to pick up a lot of little stuff - being tight and hitting cast handstands. We just need to be able to do six good routines. We're looking forward to going up to Washington - which is our first time since I've been here - and putting up a performance."