Aggies Start Season's Second Half In Fullerton

Sophomore Erika Van Dyke posted one of the team's nine career-high scores on Friday night, delivering a 9.850 performance on floor exercise.<br>(Mark Honbo, Athletics Media Relations)
 
Sophomore Erika Van Dyke posted one of the team's nine career-high scores on Friday night, delivering a 9.850 performance on floor exercise.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Media Relations)
 

Feb. 15, 2010

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THIS WEEK
Sunday, Feb. 21 - at Cal State Fullerton, 2 p.m.

LAST WEEK
Friday, Feb. 12 - ALASKA ANCHORAGE (1st, 193.175)

NOTES
LAST WEEK: The Aggies (8-1) scored their fifth straight meet win with a 193.175 at home against Alaska Anchorage... The Seawolves actually enjoyed an outstanding meet in their own right, outscoring their hosts on vault (48.475 to 48.400) and tallying a season-best 193.200 despite losing All-MPSF performer Kristy Boswell to injury the day before the meet... UC Davis opted to rest usual all-arounders Tanya Ho and Katie Yamamura, holding each to just one event... In their place, Kendall McCann and Marcy Miller finished 1-2 in the all-around standings... They hit career highs of 38.700 and 38.250 respectively... McCann also tied for the beam win with a career-best 9.800 while adding another personal best (9.775) on floor... Miller shared the meet title on bars with teammate Lida Gehlen at 9.775, after scoring a 9.700 on vault to start the meet.

Oddly, the Aggies enjoyed their second-highest score of the year despite suffering four falls... Offsetting these blemishes were nine career-high performances... Besides those by McCann and Miller: Yamamura (9.750, tied), Michele Hurlock (9.725) and Taryn West on vault (9.575, tied), plus Erika Van Dyke (9.850), Jennifer Mueller (9.775) and Betsy Lim (9.675) on floor... As a team, UC Davis combined for a season-best 48.750 on floor.

RANKINGS: UC Davis dropped one spot in the West Region rankings as compiled at www.troester.com... Sacramento State's recent uptick, including a 193.850 at Boise State on Friday, pushed the Hornets ahead of the Aggies... UC Davis still dominates the MPSF rankings with a 191.725 total average and 191.220 regional-qualifying score (RQS)... Individually, Yamamura leads on vault and floor at 9.700 on both, Ho holds the bars lead at 9.705, McCann edges Van Dyke on beam at 9.644... McCann also leads the all-arounders, although it's partially a function of sample size -- the lists are still compiled according to total season average rather than the more definitive RQS... The Troester site promises to list by RQS starting Feb. 22.

UP NEXT: UC Davis seeks to post strong back-to-back road scores, starting with Sunday's meet at Cal State Fullerton... With a win, the Aggies would post a sixth meet win, tying the previous best set in the 2002 season (in fairness to previous teams, UC Davis has had an unusually high number of two-team meets this year)... The 2002 squad also was the last to enjoy an overall winning mark at 12-11... A victory on Sunday would essentially clinch that feat, as UC Davis has 17 opponents on the schedule.

CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-5) tallied a season-best 191.175 to upset host San Jose State, which scored 190.875 despite claiming all four event-winners... Titan junior Alaina Baker was the meet's lone all-arounder, scoring a 38.300... She tied for second on bars with teammate Britni Echeverria at 9.750, while adding a third place on vault (9.750) and a fourth on floor (9.825)... The Titans' previous win was in a four-way meet at UC Davis on Jan. 10: CSF scored 188.000 to surpass Wisconsin-Whitewater's 181.725.

HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
"I feel we're on the right track to rewrite our RQS. In the past three weeks, we've put up some very good performances. We've been very solid and consistent. I feel like the next couple of weeks give us a good opportunity to go out and perform well with a lot of experience behind us. We have Cal State Fullerton this week, then San Jose State and Sac State the week after that. These will be two big meets. If we can go out and perform well in those two meets, we'll be sitting in pretty good position."

"There are a lot of factors for the second half of the season. We still have a lot of meets, so we have to keep people healthy. We need to stay strong physically, mentally and emotionally to handle the stress and maintain the energy it takes to perform at that level for that long. Our depth really showed on Friday. In past years, if we had taken out our top two all-arounders, we would have had a significant drop. We essentially did not miss a beat. That is very encouraging, and a sign of the quality that this team possesses."