UC Davis hosts Seawolves for weekend pair

Feb. 13, 2017

Weekly Release No. 5 Get Acrobat Reader | Live Video | Friday Live Results | Sunday Live Results


LAST WEEK
Saturday, Feb. 11 - at Air Force w/Seattle Pacific (1st, 194.625)


THIS WEEK
Friday, Feb. 17 - ALASKA ANCHORAGE, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19 - ALASKA ANCHORAGE, 1 p.m.


NOTES
RECAP: UC Davis (8-4) won its fourth straight meet, this time with a 194.625 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation triangular at Air Force with Seattle Pacific... Junior Alexis Brown was the meet's big winner, capturing the individual beam (9.875) and all-around (39.350) while tying for first place on both vault (9.825) and bars (9.825)... The all-around effort ranks T2nd in school history behind only Dani Judal's 2015 record of 39.450, while her beam score ties a personal best for third time... Only four Aggies have scored higher on beam: Judal (2014), Erika Van Dyke (2010), Tiffany Chan (2005) and Ericka Ruelas (2001), who share the UC Davis benchmark of 9.900... The Air Force triangular marks the fourth straight meet in which Brown has scored at least one event title...


Senior Rachel Kreager has now finished first (or tied for it) on an event in three straight meets: her 9.850 on bars in the January 29 home dual with Sac State, the 9.825 on beam at San Jose State, then Saturday's 9.825 to split the bars title with Brown... As a team, the Aggies also entered an event score into their all-time Top 10 lists... The 48.950 on bars is now tied for 7th in school annals.


RANKINGS: UC Davis dipped to 40th in the national standings as compiled by RoadToNationals.com... More accurately, three teams leapfrogged the Aggies due to 195-plus scores over the weekend: Towson (195.025 at home), Northern Illinois (195.350 at WMU) and North Carolina (195.525)... UC Davis still leads the MPSF with a 194.254 overall average, well ahead of Sacramento State (193.896)... San Jose State is the only MPSF team to have broken the 195-point barrier this year but sits in third in the league behind the Hornets at 193.663... Brown leads the conference on vault at 9.800 with senior Katy Nogaki moving up to third (9.763)... Freshman Sarah Liddle scored a 9.800 at the Academy to hold steady in second on bars.


UP NEXT: UC Davis returns home for the gymnastics equivalent of a doubleheader, hosting MPSF leaguemate Alaska Anchorage for duals on Friday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.)... Due to visiting teams' travel requirements, the Seawolves regularly host dual meets in pairs... However, this is the first time UAA will compete at the same site in back-to-back duals since a February 2013 road trip to Centenary... Live coverage is available via StatBroadcast, while a video stream can be found at the UC Davis Athletics YouTube channel... Links are above.


ALASKA ANCHORAGE (2-5) broke the 190-point barrier for the first time in 2017 in its Feb. 3 dual at Sacramento State... Junior Kendall Daniels tied for first place on beam at 9.825, helping that squad score 48.450 in the final rotation, good for the school's No. 7 all-time score... Juniors Morgan Ross (38.325) and Madeleine Arbuckle (38.125) each competed in the all-around... The Seawolves have been idle since that meet.


HEAD COACH JOHN  LAVALLEE QUOTES:
On competing twice in one weekend: "For right now in the season, I told the team that we are where we want to be physically, mentally and emotionally. We went up to the Air Force Academy -- at altitude -- and competed strongly. That tells us that our level of conditioning is where we want it to be."


"We're going out and having two show days this week. We had two show days [on Jan. 29 and Feb. 3] so just have to adjust our practice schedule this week to reflect that. It's not something that I'm overly concerned about. It's a great opportunity to have two home meets while we're in really good shape and to put up two big scores. I see us going full guns on both Friday and Sunday."


"We have counted a fall in every meet since Arizona State [January 21]. We have to take care of business and focus in a little bit more to make sure that takes place. We have left a lot out there in terms of competing at the level we're hoping to. We had an honest sit-down discussion about what we want to do in these last six meets. The reality is that we haven't done Aggie gymnastics the way we set out to do it. We still have some work to take care of at home. We haven't put the whole package together consistently, which is why we find ourselves ranked lower than we would like to be."