Jan. 27, 2014
Friday, Jan. 31 - SACRAMENTO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26 - STANFORD/SJSU/UTAH STATE (2nd, 195.875)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (4-7) hit five school records, including its total score of 195.875, in a highly competitive home quadrangular on Sunday... Consider that fourth-place Utah State compiled its highest regular-season score since February 2012 (194.400) yet finished a full point behind San Jose State for third place (the Spartans scored their No. 5 total in program history)... The overall score has moved the Aggies from 48th to 40th nationally on Troester Consulting's rankings, based on total average... The regional qualifying score rankings begin on February 24.
Individually, redshirt freshman Katy Nogaki entered a five-way tie atop the school's vault list at 9.900, joining Jill Henrie (1993), Flora Bare (2003) and Katie Yamamura (2011 and 2012)... Of the current record-holders in any event, Nogaki is the only one to set hers as a freshman... Sophomore Dani Judal went 9.900 on beam to tie Ericka Ruelas (2001), Tiffany Chan (2005) and Erika Van Dyke (2010)... Sunday's meet marked Judal's return to beam since early March of last year... Her previous best had been a 9.700, set in the 2013 season opener.
Among the team records, the vault squad became the first in Aggie history to crack the 49-point barrier (49.050)... UC Davis also went 48.925 on beam, edging the 48.900 that helped the 1999 team capture the USAG team title... Almost obscured by these two scores: the 48.950 on bars ranks T3rd in school history, trailing only the 49.075 at the 1999 Western Independent Championships and the 49.050 from last year's home dual with SJSU.
The individual school records were two of 13 career-high scores set during Sunday's meet, although in any other situation, the all-around efforts by senior Anna Shumaker and junior Tiana Montell would have garnered the headlines... Shumaker crushed her previous best of 39.050 with a meet-winning 39.225, T3rd in program history... Montell hit 39.000 for her first all-around appearance since the 2012 NCAA Seattle Regional, besting her previous best by almost three tenths... Montell tied her PR on vault at 9.850 to start the day, then set a new best on floor (9.800) to close her meet.
UP NEXT: UC Davis returns to action in a Friday home dual with Sacramento State... The meet marks the fifth involving a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team, and the second with the Hornets specifically... Friday also represents the second meet in which a visiting team has a former Aggie on staff: 13-time All-MPSF honoree Tanya Ho serves as an assistant for longtime Sac State mentor Kim Hughes.
SACRAMENTO STATE (3-6) scored a 193.150 to edge Southeast Missouri (193.100) in a home dual on Friday... Junior Kalliah McCartney posted a 39.075 in the all-around, thanks to second-place performances on vault (9.775), beam (9.700) and floor (9.850)... Freshman Julia Konner took down the vault title with a career-high 9.800, while junior Dallas Smith hit a PR 9.875 to claim the floor win... Sacramento State won the first of four gymnastics meetings in the Causeway Cup race this season, placing third at its own NorCal meet back on January 5... The Hornets went 194.400 in that meet to the Aggies' 193.450.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"I said in the preseason that this team might need a couple of meets under its belt before everybody really shows what they are capable of. That came to reality on Sunday. We've known all along how talented this group is. The performance at Washington was very substandard for us. Everybody looked in the mirror and asked what they needed to do better. A lot of people obviously made some significant changes but nobody performed on Sunday any different than what they do in practice everyday. I said that last week. This isn't any different than a practice. It's now about raising your hand to the judges and taking personal responsibility for your actions. We have a long way to go. We've got eight more meets. We have a lot of good competitions and very good teams that will hopefully push us to be better."