UC Davis hosts WVU, UIC in Friday home opener

Jan. 22, 2018

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Bye week. Last in action on Jan. 12 at Seattle Pacific

Friday, Jan. 26 - WEST VIRGINIA/UIC, 7 p.m.

RECAP: UC Davis (2-3) returns to action after a weekend bye... The Aggies last competed in a dual meet at Seattle Pacific on January 12... They struggled to multiple falls on uneven bars to start the meet, but recovered with scores of 48.375-48.500-48.725 on vault, floor and beam to salvage a 193.125.

Senior Alexis Brown won on bars (9.800), floor (9.900) and all-around (39.050) en route to capturing Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week honors... Freshmen Kyla Kessler and Kelley Hebert won the individual vault (9.750) and beam (9.85), respectively, for their first collegiate meet titles... Brown has now broken the 39-point barrier in the all-around 10 times, tying a program record first established by Katie Yamamura in 2013.

RANKINGS: The site RoadToNationals will compile rankings based on total average until enough schools have the minimum six meets to create a Regional Qualifying Score... UC Davis’ two-meet mean of 193.763 is 44th in the nation, and second in the MPSF behind San Jose State (194.375)... Brown leads the conference in the all-around (39.125), bars (9.825), beam (9.838) and floor (9.862)... Kessler leads the Aggies and ranks 4th in the MPSF on vault at 9.738.

UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts West Virginia and UIC in its home opener on Friday night... Live stats are available via StatBroadcast while video can be found as a live event on the team’s Facebook page... Links are above.

Big XII member WEST VIRGINIA (1-3) ranks 24th nationally in total average, thanks to back-to-back 195-plus meets during the two previous weekends... The Mountaineers scored a 195.400 in a triangular with George Washington and Towson on Sunday... Two-time NACGC/W vault All-American Kirah Koshinski notched a 9.900 to win on floor exercise... She also hit a 9.800 on vault... Sophomore Abby Kaufman compiled a personal-best 38.950 in the all-around... WVU scored 49.200 on floor exercise, with McKenna Linnen and Erica Fontaine chipping in 9.850s.

UIC (2-4), members of the Midwest Independent Conference, scored 192.375 to place third in a quad meet with Boise State, Denver and Seattle Pacific on Friday... Kayla Baddeley was the Flames’ highest finisher in the meet, tying for fourth on vault at 9.825... UIC finished strong in the meet with team scores of 48.650 on vault and 48.750 on bars after a tough 46.650 on beam to open.

UC DAVIS COACHES SHOW: Head coach John Lavallee will guest on Tuesday’s UC Davis Coaches Show, an hour-long live monthly panel during the Aggie basketball season (note: it was weekly during the football season)... Fans may attend the show at Woodstock’s Pizza at 219 G Street in downtown Davis, or watch a live stream on the UC Davis Athletics Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisAggies...  The UC Davis Coaches Show begins at 6 p.m. PST.... Aggie women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Greg Wong will host.

On the one-week bye: “Our hope was to get better and stronger. That was the actual plan, to use that time to finish up some little things. The proof is in the pudding, so we’ll find out on Friday exactly how it worked for us. We don’t look the same as we did at Stanford. We’ll need some other Aggies to step in, fill some shoes, take the ball and run with it. That’s the reality. It’s why we play the games, to find out who will actually come out and perform.”

“We have some people who will get opportunities they didn’t think they would have, and now they get to step into that role and do something special with it.”

On the January 12 SPU meet: “We had a hard time on bars, but aside from that, we had a pretty good meet from a performance standpoint. It wasn’t reflected in the scores, but our performances were pretty good. Kelley Hebert rocked her floor. For the freshmen, it was their second meet of the week, and the first one after starting classes, which is always hectic. They really did a very good job other than a couple of breaks on bars.”

ABOUT UC DAVIS: Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

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