UC Davis return to road for San Jose State dual

Senior Rachel Kreager claimed her first collegiate event win with a career-high 9.850 on bars Sunday. (Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)
Jan. 30, 2017

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LAST WEEK
Sunday, Jan. 29 - SACRAMENTO STATE (1st, 194.925)


THIS WEEK
Friday, Feb. 3 - at San Jose State, 7 p.m.


NOTES
RECAP: UC Davis (5-4) posted 2017 bests on beam (48.800) and floor (49.100) en route to a season-best 194.925 total in Sunday's Causeway Classic dual with Sacramento State... Senior Rachel Kreager posted a career-high 9.850 to win the individual bars medal... Junior Alexis Brown followed with a 9.850 on beam, edging teammate Yasmine Yektaparast's 9.825... Yektaparast then led four Aggies at 9.800 or better on floor... She went 9.875, followed by Miranda Holder (9.850), Amanda Presswood (9.825) and Kara Jones (9.800)... Incredibly, the team flirted with its first 195-point meet despite the absence of senior co-captain and four-time All-MPSF honoree Katy Nogaki, who was out due to illness.


Besides her winning beam score, Brown hit 9.775 on bars and 9.750 on each of vault and floor to compile a 39.125 all-around total... She becomes just the sixth Aggie in school history to break the 39-point barrier three times, joining Katie Yamamura (10), Anna Shumaker (9), Tiana Montell (4), Dani Judal (4) and Kala DeFrancesco (3)... Coincidentally, the last to hit that threshold was Judal -- exactly one year prior (Jan. 29, 2016) and against Sacramento State.


RANKINGS: Sunday's meet pushed UC Davis' total average above 194, taking over the top slot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (194.019)... The Aggies now sit 37th nationally, with Sac State in 43rd (193.769) and San Jose State at 49th (193.213)... Individually, Brown held on for the MPSF lead in vault (9.787)... She also ranks third on bars (9.763), just ahead of Kreager (9.758)... Yektaparast moved into a tie for third on floor at 9.794... The rankings, compiled at RoadToNationals.com, will continue to list by total average until teams have the minimum six meets for an RQS.


UP NEXT: UC Davis has a short week of practice before heading to San Jose State for a road dual... While the Aggies have endured a few tough meets in the Bay Area, San Jose also provided the site for some of the best road meets in program history... Last year's 195.575 in the triangular with Brown set a school road-meet record... The 49.100 on vault on Feb. 20, 2015 is also a UC Davis road best... Even the best road bars score -- a 49.075 at the 1999 Western Independents -- took place in San Jose, although at the old Spartan Gym rather than the SJSU Event Center.


SAN JOSE STATE (1-10) picked up its first head-to-head victory in Saturday's four-team Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas... The Spartans scored 193.650 to edge Bowling Green (193.550) for third place, behind George Washington (196.150) and Central Michigan (194.125)... Freshman Taylor Chan won the individual floor at 9.850 with teammates Erica Matos and Kaitlin Won sharing second place at 9.825... SJSU compiled a 49.050 on floor, tying its No. 13 all-time score for that event... Chan and Won rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the MPSF on floor, while Rachel Heinl leads all bars performers with a 9.775 average... Won is also second in the all-around at 38.700, just ahead of Brown (38.694) and behind Sac State's Caitlin Soliwoda (38.725).


HEAD COACH JOHN  LAVALLEE QUOTES:
"I thought we were a little tight on vault and bars but the second half of the meet on beam and floor was really spectacular. I was very impressed. By the time they got to floor, they really sprouted their wings and were flying. Our athletics director [Kevin Blue] spoke to them a few weeks ago and said, `when you guys try to control it, you were okay, but when you let it fly, you were really good.' The second half of the meet, they really let it fly."


"One of our goals for the day was the details: the landings, the shapes in the air, the tall handstands on bars. If everybody does one-tenth of a point better, that's two points in our team score. So now were at 197. This group is really dialed in to make those happen and continue the progression for the rest of the year."


"We're now at San Jose, which has always been a place where we really have to work to do our best. We've had an up-and-down history there, so we really need to bring the A game."