Jan. 20, 2014
Sunday, Jan. 26 - STANFORD/SAN JOSE STATE/UTAH STATE, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18 - at Washington w/ASU & SJSU (4th, 191.850)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (2-6) counted a fall on each of bars, beam and floor in a quad meet with Arizona State and San Jose State at Washington on Saturday... The Aggies scored a 191.950, improving on their home opener but falling a point and a half shy of their season-opening 193.450 at Sac State... UC Davis has not dipped below the 192-point threshold in back-to-back meets since the start of the 2012 season.
On the bright side, many Aggies turned in strong individual meets... Junior Lisa Wiktorski tied her career high with a 9.850 to place T3rd on bars... Freshman Yonni Michovska scored a 9.700 on vault and a 9.750 on bars, while redshirt freshman Katy Nogaki improved to a 9.775 on vault... Senior Anna Shumaker hit 4-for-4 for the meet, scoring a 38.750 in the all-around.... Sophomore Stephanie Stamates notched a 9.800 on floor, just off the 9.850 she posted in the NorCal Preview to start the year... The most consistent UC Davis performer continues to be junior Tiana Montell, who hit each of her three routines for the third straight week... She went 9.625 on vault, 9.650 on beam and 9.650 on floor.
RANKINGS: The conference, region and national rankings compiled by Troester Consulting will use total season average until switching to RQS on Feb. 24... The sample size is still low - teams have competed in only two or three meets thus far - but Montell ranks T2nd in the MPSF on beam (9.717) while Stamates sits 3rd on floor (9.758).
UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts what is arguably its toughest home meet in terms of top-to-bottom competition on Sunday, with No. 12 Stanford, No. 31 San Jose State and No. 38 Utah State visiting the Pavilion... Live scoring will be available via a new link: http://icaweb.ucdavis.edu/livestats/gym/012614.htm.
ALUMNI DAY: Sunday's meet also serves as the annual alumni reunion, which is quite appropriate, given the UC Davis backgrounds of two visiting assistant coaches... Andi Dolinsky, the 2007 and 2009 MPSF Gymnast of the Year, enters her first year on the Utah State staff... She previously coached at Ball State as a graduate assistant for current USU mentor Nadalie Walsh... Allan Fusilero, who served on Ray Goldbar's staff, is now a volunteer assistant for the Cardinal... His wife, the former Ericka Ruelas, won five national titles and 11 All-America awards during UC Davis' era at the USAG Collegiate Championships.
STANFORD (7-0) scored a 195.925 to win a home triangular with Arizona (195.850) and Sacramento State (192.450) on Sunday... The Cardinal counted a fall on beam but recovered to a 49.375 on floor to overtake the Wildcats in the final rotation... Junior Kristina Vaculik posted wins and career bests on bars (9.925), floor (9.925) and the all-around (39.425) to lead Stanford individually.
SAN JOSE STATE (3-6) scored a season-high 194.625 in Saturday's meet at Hec Ed, finishing in a close third behind host UW (194.825)... Senior Bekah Gher won the vault title with a 9.900 while finishing third in the all-around (39.000) behind teammate Cami Guyer (39.150)... Sunday is the third of what will be five meetings between the Aggies and Spartans in 2014.
UTAH STATE (2-0) improved by more than two full points to a 194.150 in a road dual at Southern Utah on Friday... Oddly, the Aggies did not score any event wins despite the team victory, although Bailey McIntire claimed the all-around title at 38.800... A 48.775 on bars and a 48.800 on vault in the first half propelled USU to the win... Senior Paige Jones has qualified for each of the last three NCAA regionals as an at-large qualifiers.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"We had a few hiccups and we need to get those spots in the lineup figured out. We have a lot of people who are doing a good job making changes at getting stronger and more comfortable. We just need a few more."
"We're looking forward to a gym full of high-quality teams, and we're looking to get in there and compete against them. Hopefully, we can find a few more hit routines this Sunday and improve our position."