Jan. 28, 2013
Friday, Feb. 1 - SEATTLE PACIFIC, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 - at Air Force w/Texas Woman's & Missouri, Noon
LAST WEEK: Just eight days after scoring a school record for a January meet, UC Davis (5-5) surpassed that mark with a 193.725 in quad-meet action at Air Force... The Aggies edged the host Falcons by five-tenths, outdueled Missouri (193.000) by more than seven-tenths and scored more than a two-point margin on former USAG Collegiate Championships rival Texas Woman's (191.400)... Saturday's performance marks the first victory by a UC Davis team over a member of the Southeastern Conference since Nov. 28, 2010, when the Aggie women's basketball team snared a 61-52 win over South Carolina... The performance, according to head coach John Lavallee, also helped offset last year's loss at Air Force, when the Aggies fell more than three full points to a 190.925 in a mid-February dual.
Senior Michelle Ho won an individual meet for the fourth time in as many meets, this time tying for the victory on floor exercise at 9.800... She had won or tied the uneven bars title in the first three weekends... Senior Katie Yamamura returned to form with a 39.050 all-around score, marking the seventh time she has broken the 39-point barrier in her career... Only five other Aggies have hit that plateau, and no other has done it more than once... Junior Anna Shumaker threatens to become the next to hit the 39-point standard: she posted a career-high 38.875 to place second in the meet... Sophomore Kala DeFrancesco set or tied career bests on both vault (9.650) and floor (9.725) on Saturday... Senior Leah Housman returned to the lineup - and returned to form - hitting a 9.750 on balance beam... She had led the MPSF in that event last season.
Oddly, the Aggies' national team ranking has stayed relatively steady despite the record-setting start... UC Davis' overall average of 192.794 sits 46th in the country, less than a tenth behind San Jose State and a mere .069 ahead of Big 10 Conference member Michigan State... That average would have been 39th at this point in 2012, 35th in 2011, 33rd in 2010... Ho is the highest-ranked Aggie among the regional leaders: her 9.813 overall average on bars is tied for 10th with Boise State's Kelsey Black... She also ranks 13th on floor at 9.825.
UP NEXT: UC Davis returns home to take on another Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe in Seattle Pacific, last year's runner-up at the conference championship... The Falcons hit a season-best 192.225 on the second night of back-to-back road meets at Alaska Anchorage, getting a 1-2-3 floor exercise sweep from Stephanie Wagner (9.725), Syndey Clark (9.700) and Kai Tindall (9.575)... Wagner won the individual beam (9.825) and tied for the floor win (9.775) the night before.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"I knew we had a chance to win because Missouri had a couple of injuries, they were competing out of region, and we were getting them at altitude. They're not accustomed to that. On the other hand, we go to Air Force every year. We know what to do to conserve our energy. We were really good at getting ourselves ready to perform. When I looked at it, I knew they were only scoring a little bit ahead of us. Combined with the other factors, we had a chance to make lightning strike. Sure enough, this team really stepped up to another level."
"As a team, we talked about laying an egg at Air Force last year, and this team really wanted to go back to that gym to set the record straight. A lot of returners felt that, and they set it straight on Saturday. That's a credit to them as competitors."
"We're coming home for another conference meet. It's a good chance to clean up some things that we've been leaving out there in the last couple of weeks. This team competed so well on Saturday that they got a glimpse at how good they'll be. It will be a shot in the arm that will carry them for the next few weeks. We have Seattle at home, then we go down to UCLA, which is a meet we're looking forward to. It's a chance to go down and perform at our highest level. We'll be there with UCLA, Washington and Sac State."