Feb. 18, 2013
Friday, Feb. 22 - at Sacramento State, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 15 - at Seattle Pacific (1st, 194.300)
TO RECAP: UC Davis (8-7) eclipsed the 194-point barrier for the third straight week, this time scoring a 194.300 at Seattle Pacific... That score ranks sixth in school history, and No. 3 among all-time road scores... It also marks the Aggies' best-ever total at SPU, eclipsing the 194.150 set at 2010 conference championships... Katie Yamamura (vault, all-around) and Michelle Ho (bars, floor) each were double winners in the meet... Ho posted a 9.900 on floor exercise, her highest since posting a PR of 9.925 in the Jan. 11 home dual with Cal... Madeline Kennedy finished second on floor with a career-best 9.800... Her previous high had been 9.750, done on four occasions.
Most impressively, UC Davis hit 23 of 24 routines for the first time this season... Even the 194.675 at UCLA had a non-scoring fall on bars and floor... In fact, the school-record 194.700 at the 2008 MPSF Championships masked a miss on each of the vault, bars and beam... The vault squad scored a 48.600 at SPU, the second highest of the year.
RANKINGS: UC Davis dipped one spot to No. 44 (193.468) in that national rankings, in part because No. 42 Sacramento State and No. 43 Rutgers each broke the 195-point summit over the previous weekend... This is the last week Troester Consulting will sort the teams by total average; next week the leaderboard will be arranged by regional-qualfying score... To illustrate how competitive the national scene has become , the Aggies' 194.468 total average would have put them in the Nos. 30-36 range at this time of year in any of the five previous seasons... This year, a team needs to average 194 or higher to rate in the top 36... Regionally, Michelle Ho sits 13th in the West on bars (9.800)... Junior Anna Shumaker sits 21st on vault, also with a 9.800.
UP NEXT: UC Davis begins a stretch of almost exclusively repeat opponents from now until conference, starting with Friday's dual at Sacramento State... This is the third of four Aggie-Hornet meetings toward the Causeway Cup presented by ScholarShare... UC Davis will also meet San Jose State for the second and third times this year (Mar. 1, Mar. 8), Seattle Pacific for a third time (Mar. 8), and Air Force for a second (Mar. 15).
SACRAMENTO STATE (2-9) scored a season-high 195.250 at Southern Utah, ninth in school history... Sophomore Kalliah McCartney won the vault (9.850) while finishing second on floor (9.825) and all-around (39.225)... Junior Kailey Hansen tied for 2nd on vault (9.825) in her season debut for that event, while adding a runner-up finish on beam (9.800)... UC Davis and Sacramento State have historically brought out the best in each other: six of the Aggies' top 10 all-time scores have been in a meet involving the Hornets... Likewise, five of Sac State's top 10 have come with UC Davis present... Throw out their conference meets, and four of the Hornets' best five dual scores have involved the Aggies.
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
On SPU dual: "Seattle Pacific is always a tough place to compete. We knew going in that we have a long way to go and we have a lot of unfinished business. We really wanted to get on track for the second half of the season. But warmup was not what we were hoping for. People weren't really set in where they were at. We got through it and went up to get ready for the meet. When they got their competition gear on, it was all Aggie gymnastics. We went 24 out of 24, and really had an excellent day - especially coming off a huge meet at UCLA just five days earlier."
"There's something called the `emotional hangover.' You put out some much adrenaline that your body takes a while to recover. Some will say it takes 10 days to come back emotionally from a huge event. It was very impressive to see how well the teams could recycle and get themselves back up to that level."
"Even though we stayed on for all 24 routines, we still left a lot out there. We're still not as sharp as we can be. We had some out-of-bounds problems and some landing deductions on floor. It wasn't close to our best floor exercise performance. We were good on beam. We went 6-for-6 in the last event of the day again. But we weren't as clean and as strong as were at UCLA. A lot of bobbles and balance checks that we need to get out of there. The priority is to go out and see how we can maximize our performance. In the next four weeks, we will really test ourselves at how good we can be because we'll have Sac State and San Jose in each meet. Those are two teams against whom we want to have a higher RQS by the end of the season. They are very good competition and they're right here in our backyards. We want to be the biggest dog on the block."