Jan. 15, 2014
Weekly Release No. 2
Saturday, Jan. 18 - at Washington w/Arizona State & SJSU, 4 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 13 - ALASKA ANCHORAGE (1st, 191.275)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (2-3) stumbled to a 191.275 in a rare Monday night dual with Alaska Anchorage, compiling its lowest team score in almost two years... The Aggies counted two falls on bars and another on beam, while slipping to a 48.150 on floor... Junior Tiana Montell won both beam (9.725) and floor (9.750) outright, and her 9.725 on vault helped UC Davis open the meet with a 48.325... Senior Anna Shumaker (9.775) edged teammate Katy Nogaki (9.750) for the vault win... The team co-captain also matched freshman Yonni Michovska for the bars title (9.625), while making her first all-around appearance for the year (38.050)... Sophomore Stephanie Stamates also performed well on beam with a 9.700... Senior co-captain Madeline Kennedy closed the meet with a 9.675 on beam and 9.625 on floor... Freshmen Emma Hicks (floor) and Rachel Kreager (bars) made their Aggie debuts, appearing in exhibition in their respective events.
UP NEXT: UC Davis heads to Alaska Airlines Arena at historic Hec Ed Pavilion, the site of this year's West Region meet in April... This is the second straight year the Aggies have competed at UW's mid-January quad meet... They scored a 193.625 last year with Cal and UIC, still the program's No. 2 all-time score for a January meet (behind the 193.725 at Air Force one week later).
WASHINGTON (0-1) posted its highest season-opening score of the Joanne Bowers era with a 195.025 at home against Minnesota... Senior Aliza Vaccher led the GymDawgs in the all-around at 39.250 while sophomore Allison Northey was close behind at 39.200... Vaccher finished T3rd on vault (9.825) and T2nd on bars (9.850)... Ranked 22nd nationally, UW finished third (195.925) at last year's NCAA Norman Regional... The Dawgs checked in at No. 20 in this year's preseason coaches poll.
ARIZONA STATE (1-1) finished second in a season-opening home triangular with San Jose State and Sacramento State, scoring a 193.625... Sophomore Carissa Kraus was the lone Gym Devil to win an event, edging teammate Beka Conrad with a 9.900 on bars... Freshman Gilly Hogue placed second on vault at 9.850 while sophomore Risa Perez matched that finish on floor with a 9.800... As a team, ASU opened with a 49.050 on vault then went 48.800 on bars before struggling to scores of 48.000 and 47.875 on beam and floor... The Gym Devils finished third (195.700) at the NCAA Corvallis Regional last year... They ranked 25th in the preseason coaches' poll last December.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-4) meets UC Davis for the second of five times in 2014... The Spartans improved from a 193.325 at the NorCal meet to a first-place 194.200 in Sunday's tri-meet at Arizona State... The victory over the Gym Devils marks the first SJSU win over a ranked team in five years... Senior Julia Greer posted event wins on beam (9.825) and floor (9.850) while senior Bekah Gher won a close race for the all-around title at 38.850.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"We certainly expected to perform at a higher level than we did on Monday. That being said, it's still early in the season. We need to put it behind us and get back on the track we were on. Let's get back to the performance level that we had in our first meet. Our performance level on Monday was really not where it should have been. We had falls on bars and floor was not up to par. It's a lot of little stuffs - a few steps here and there."
"Monday night was a blip, and it really doesn't change all the work we've put in. I think it provides us with a wake-up call for what we need to do. Everyone now has had a few meets to get some experience, felt what it's like to be in competition, and gotten a feel of where they have to set themselves physically, mentally and emotionally to perform the way they want. I feel very confident that we will come out on Saturday night with some very good teams and not only get back on track, but get back to the level we were at a few weeks ago.