Jan. 23, 2012
Friday, Jan. 27 - CALIFORNIA/SEATTLE PACIFIC, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 22 - AIR FORCE (1st, 191.450)
LAST WEEK: UC Davis (1-4) improved its overall score for the second straight week, compiling mid-48s on both vault and floor to tally a 191.450 - almost seven-tenths better than th 190.775 set at Stanford on Jan. 15 and nearly a full point above the 190.500 in the season opener... The Aggies enjoyed strong overall performances from across the board, notably:
Junior Katie Yamamura, who captured meet wins in the individual vault (9.825) and all-around (38.425), plus a tie for the bars title (9.725);
Sophomore Madeline Kennedy, who tied or set career bests in all three of her events: a second-place 9.725 on vault, 9.575 on beam and a second-place 9.750 on floor;
Freshman Kayla DeFrancesco, who finished just behind Yamamura with a 38.400 all-around;
Junior Taryn West, who led off the 48.550 vault squad with a 9.600, then won the floor exercise title with a career-high 9.800.
Freshman Tiana Montell, who effectively broke the 38-point barrier in the all-around (her 9.575 on beam was in exhibition) for the second straight week.
Montell tied sophomore Anna Shumaker for third place on vault at 9.700... DeFrancesco finished second on beam at 9.650... Juniors Michelle Ho and Leah Housman tied for third on beam with 9.600 scores... The foursome of West, Kennedy, Yamamura and DeFrancesco finished 1-4 on floor to help the Aggies total a 48.500 in the final rotation.
UP NEXT: UC Davis will undergo a short four-day practice week, turning around to host California and MPSF rival Seattle Pacific in a home triangular meet on Friday night... To order advance tickets, visit the direct link to Tickets.com... Live results will be available at: http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/sports/w-gym/stats/2011-2012/012712.html .
CALIFORNIA (1-2) improved by more than a point and a half to a season-best 194.050 in a Pac-12 dual at Arizona State on Friday... Junior Mariesah Pierce shared the floor title at 9.875 and tied for 2nd on vault with a career-high 9.800... Alicia Asturias and Nicolette Lew placed 3rd on bars (9.800) and beam (9.775), respectively... Despite battling weather-induced travel issues, SEATTLE PACIFIC (1-1) bettered its season-opening score of 188.425 by almost two full points, scoring a 190.300 at San Jose State on Friday night... Senior Sherah Veron placed 2nd on vault with a 9.775 then popped a 9.875 on floor to upset Spartan Katie Valleau... Her floor score is the highest by any Falcon in any event since she won the MPSF title with a 9.90 back in 2010.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"I am extremely pleased with how well we are working as a unit on the floor. Even if you're not competing, a person might need certain things, like mats in a certain place or your support. We're doing a very good job of that, and I think it has really helped all of us raise our level. It is very motivating to be in that environment. And it's noticed by other people in the gym, including the other teams, that this group works well as a team."
"In past years, like in 2010 when we had an amazing season, the most important spots in your lineup are your fifth, sixth and seventh people. Their performances in those spots really make a difference. Your constant performers who go 9.7, 9.8 regularly will be there for you. But especially in our echelon of gymnastics, a real variable are those who are first up. Having people in those spots who perform well consistently is very valuable. We're very fortunate that we've had a lot of people step up in that spot. Tiana Montell hit four routines on Sunday. One was in exhibition, but it still was a hit routine. Kayla DeFrancesco and Maddy Kennedy had amazing days. Taryn West is very much that veteran performer who really knows what needs to be done. She has really stepped into that role and grown into it. That's a great thing to see."