Gymnasts Look To Tough Field At UCLA

Kala DeFrancesco scored career highs on vault and floor for a second straight week.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Kala DeFrancesco scored career highs on vault and floor for a second straight week.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 4, 2013

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THIS WEEK
Sunday, Feb. 10 - at UCLA w/Washington & Sac State, 2 p.m.

LAST WEEK
Friday, Feb. 1 - SEATTLE PACIFIC (1st, 194.125)

NOTES
TO RECAP: Spurred by four event wins plus the individual all-around title, the Aggies (6-5) improved their team score for another week, this time cracking the 194-point barrier for the first time in 2013... Junior Anna Shumaker captured both the vault (9.850) and all-around (38.850), tying her career high in the former for a third time... She went 9.850 at Cal and Sac State last year... Sophomore Lisa Wiktorski (bars), senior Katie Yamamura (beam) and freshman Stephanie Stamates (floor) also won events... Stamates notched career highs on beam (9.750) and floor (9.850)... She has scored 9.825-9.800-9.850 in three straight meets on floor... Wiktorski's previous best had been a 9.725 at home vs. Oregon State and Sac State last year... She was one of three sophomores to enjoy outstanding meets: Kala DeFrancesco scored career highs on both vault (9.725) and floor (9.750), while Tiana Montell crushed her PR on vault with a 9.800... All told, UC Davis scored 48.750 on vault, tied for 7th in school history.

RANKINGS: The Aggies moved up three spots to 43rd in the national rankings at Troester.com, which will list teams based on total average before switching to RQS on February 25... Sacramento State is just ahead in 42nd at 193.225, while Missouri is 41st with a 193.556... UC Davis has outscored each in meets this season... Senior Michelle Ho remains the Aggies' highest ranking performer in the West standings... Her 9.800 average shares 13th place with Oregon State's Chelsea Tang and Stanford's Shona Morgan.

UP NEXT: UC Davis travels south for yet another quad meet with a tough field... Host UCLA ranks 4th nationally, while Washington sits at 25th... Sacramento State rounds out the field, putting another 1.25 points up for grabs in the ScholarShare Causeway Cup race... Meet time is 2 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion... UCLA offers live audio, featuring MPSF information director Darren Preston on the call, plus live video and live results... Link are located above.

UCLA (4-0) outdueled No. 11 Stanford in a 196.925-196.200 matchup on Saturday... Senior Vanessa Zamarripa scored her seventh career 10.0 to capture the individual vault... She also won the floor (9.925) and all-around (39.675) meet titles... WASHINGTON (4-5) scored a 196.025 to upset No. 12 Arizona in a home dual on Friday night... The GymDawgs won all four events plus the all-around... Senior Lauren Rogers hit a career-high 39.175 to go with her vault medal (9.850)... SACRAMENTO STATE (2-5) scored a 193.050 in a dual loss at San Jose State, but sophomore Kalliah McCartney scored the No. 2 all-around in school history (39.350) to secure WAC Gymnast of the Week honors.

HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"I think we're very much on track to go into the second half with some very good experience under our belts. We have a lot of wind in our sails. We have made very good progress and yet we haven't put it all together yet. But it's right there - everybody knows it and everybody can feel it. We have seven meets left and only two are at home. We can use all of the scores for our regional-qualifying score. We're really in good shape to move up the ranks and get a little closer to the top 36."

"The sophomores have dispelled the sophomore slump. They have done a very good job. Kala DeFrancesco and Tiana Montell have learned new vaults with a 10.0 start value. That has a significant impact on that event. Kala broke it out on Friday, and she did a very good job on it. It has been fun to watch."

On the UCLA meet: "We're ready. We're locked and loaded, and ready to go. In a lot of ways, we were using the Washington meet [on Jan. 18] to get ready to go to UCLA and have a big performance. Everybody has had this meet in their sights. We're looking forward to the opportunity to post up a big performance. The meet at Washington was big and so was the meet at Air Force. It was a conference meet, there was an SEC school there, and there was a former USAG rival in Texas Woman's. We really rose to the challenge on both occasions. It makes it fun when you're out on the floor with that kind of energy going on."