Aggies host Seattle Pacific in MPSF dual Friday

Dani Judal tied for the meet win on both bars and beam against GW on Sunday.
(Wayne Tilcock, AggiePhoto.com)
Feb. 10, 2015

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THIS WEEK
Friday, Feb. 13 - SEATTLE PACIFIC, 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK
Sunday, Feb. 8 - GEORGE WASHINGTON (2nd, 194.250)

NOTES
TO RECAP: UC Davis (4-8) posted season highs on both vault (48.950) and bars (48.825), and narrowly missed a third 2015 best on floor (48.725) en route to a 194.250 in Sunday's dual with George Washington... Sophomore Katy Nogaki tied the school record of 9.900 on vault for the second time in her career... She first hit that mark in the team's home quadrangular on Jan. 26, 2014, joining in on what had been a three-way tie by Katie Yamamura (2011, 2012), Flora Bare (2003) and Jill Henrie (1993)...

Junior Dani Judal scored 9.825 or better on all three of her events, including shares of meet wins on bars (9.825) and beam (9.850)... Her 9.850 on vault crushed her previous PR of 9.775, set in the 2015 season opener... Senior Kala DeFrancesco tied Judal on bars while adding scores of 9.775 on vault and a season-high 9.850 on floor... Sophomore Taylor Baron also set or tied career bests on vault (9.675) and floor (9.725)... The meet also featured two debuts by redshirt freshmen... Shayla Barnett made her first collegiate appearance (besides the December Blue-Gold intrasquad meets) with an exhibition on beam... Whitney Estrada, who had two exhibition showings on floor, made the floor lineup for her first time as an Aggie.

MAKING HISTORY, BLESSED TO REPEAT IT: Tough as it may be to set or tie a school record, matching one's own mark has proven an even more elusive feat... Nogaki is one of three Aggies to hit a current event record on separate occasions... Ericka Ruelas first set the bars record of 9.925 at home vs. San Jose State on Jan. 16, 2000, then tied it two more times later in the 2000 season... Yamamura first joined in the tie for the vault record at the 2011 MPSF Championships, then repeated the 9.900 score a year later in a road quad meet at Sac State... She also set the school all-around record of 39.325 on March 1, 2013, only to match it just two weeks later...

RANKINGS: UC Davis held steady at 41st in the national rankings with a total average of 193.988... The cutoff for the all-important No. 36 slot is 194.333, currently occupied by Central Michigan... Nogaki's school record kept her on top of the MPSF vault leaders at 9.820, while Judal moved up two spots to No. 3 (9.769)... Judal also ascended one spot to No. 2 on bars (9.765)... By tying her own PR of 9.825, Cassandra Quebral strengthened her No. 1 position on the conference beam standings at 9.787... She already has enough meets for an RQS (9.780) although Troester Consulting will not begin ranking by that figure for two more weeks... Junior Stephanie Stamates moved into the top three on floor (9.800) thanks to the season-best 9.875 she hit on Sunday... Quebral also ranks 14th in the West Region on beam, the highest by any Aggie in any event... Other UC Davis gymnasts among the West's top 20: Nogaki on vault (18th), Judal on bars (19th), Stamates on floor (17th).

UP NEXT: UC Davis has a short week of practice with only a four-day gap between meets for the second time in 2015... Oddly, both instances have occurred with MPSF rival Seattle Pacific waiting on the other side... Live results are available via StatBroadcast at http://statb.us/b/74679.

SEATTLE PACIFIC (1-5) broke the 192-point barrier for the second time in 2015, delivering solid scores on vault (48.300) and beam (48.575) to settle in at 192.075 in Friday's dual at Utah State... Freshman Ariana Harger was the top Falcon finisher, placing second on vault at 9.825... Senior Sydney Clark took third on floor with a 9.775, helping her assemble a season-best all-around total of 38.450... SPU has competed all season without junior Maria Hundley, who won All-MPSF and USAG All-America honors on vault, bars and beam last year... Three-event standout Lauren Glover has also been sidelined by injury in 2015... Their absences has moved Clark back into the all-around role for the first time since her sophomore season... She has responded with scores of 38.425 (at Air Force, Jan. 24) and the 38.450 last weekend.

HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"We're not very far off the mark. It's all there. We just have to put our heads and hearts together and figure out how to perform at the level we want to perform at. We're not too far off our performance level that we were at to this point last year. We had some bigger meets last year but we also had some much worse meets. From that standpoint, we're certainly ready to go into the second half of the season. And really, you want to perform your best at the end of the season."

"We have a lot of new people this year. Katy Nogaki is doing three events. Obviously, she has vaulting down pat. Now she's competing on beam week after week, and she has done floor as well. Freshman Alexis Brown has done a tremendous job this year. She has worked through a leg injury through the first half of the season. Taylor Baron is competing three events for us. In a way, it's her freshman year. This is her first year in the lineup after being out last year. We're going through those growing pains, and that's something we will continue to improve on. I'm confident that we will -- we have a very dedicated group of kids who are motivated to perform well."

"Our specific goals for Friday are pretty darn simple: at least 5-for-6 on each event. We need to come in and perform the way we did at Sac State a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, we'll have a couple of people back healthy who can fill in some spots. We had some very good events on Sunday. We just need to fill in a few things here and there."