Feb. 24, 2014
Friday, Feb. 28 - SEATTLE PACIFIC, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 - at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.
TO RECAP: UC Davis (7-8) notched its highest-ever road score, hitting 195.175 at Seattle Pacific... The Aggies also broke the team beam record for the third time this season, compiling a 49.175 in the final rotation... That crew has now posted five of the top six all-time beam scores in five consecutive meets... The meet total ranks 5th in school history... Senior Anna Shumaker was the lone all-arounder in the meet, scoring a 39.200, T5th all-time at UC Davis... She tied her career high on bars (9.850) to win bars outright, while setting a new PR with a 9.875 on beam, good for a tie for first in the meet... Sophomore Dani Judal matched that 9.875 to share the beam title... She has now scored 9.900/9.850/9.825/9.800/9.875 in the last five meets, needing one more to qualify for a regional qualifying score (see RANKINGS below)... Junior Kala DeFrancesco scored a career-best 9.800 on vault, a 9.725 on bars and a 9.775 on floor... Junior Tiana Montell and sophomore Stephanie Stamates overcame misses in the first half of the meet to post strong second-half scores: Montell went 9.775 on each of beam and floor while Stamates hit 9.800 in both events.
RANKINGS: Monday's ratings at Troester Consulting are the first to be sorted by the all-important RQS, and UC Davis has checked in at No. 31... The top 36 teams in the March 31 rankings will earn berths to the various NCAA region meets (the West convenes in Seattle)... UC Davis has a 194.605, despite still counting the 193.450 in the season opener... Surrounding the Aggies in the standings are No. 32 Mizzouri (194.495), No. 30 Rutgers (194.615) and No. 29 BYU (194.805)... San Jose State leads the conference at 194.945, 28th nationally... A 195.000 in the next meet (roughly the average of the last five) would boost the team's RQS to 194.915.
Individually, Stamates is UC Davis' highest ranked specialist, sitting 9th regionally and T45th nationally on floor at 9.840... However, Judal has only appeared in five meets on beam (one shy of the minimum)... If she scores a 9.850 on Friday, her RQS will become 9.835, which would be 6th in the West, 26th nationally... Shumaker's 38.930 all-around RQS puts her T7th in the region, T36th in the country.
UP NEXT: The Aggies return home for a rematch against Seattle Pacific for a Friday evening dual at 7 p.m.... Since the last actual home meet is the MPSF Championships on March 22, Friday's event will serve as Senior Night in honor of Shumaker, Madeline Kennedy and Regi Solvkjar... It has also become Friends of Jaclyn Awareness Night, in honor of the national foundation that benefits children and families battling pediatric brain cancer... UC Davis adopted 6-year-old Alyssa Kalb earlier this month... Her family will be in attendance, as will former Aggie quarterback Austin Heyworth, now an aide in the California Assembly Speaker's office... Heyworth facilitated the match between the gymnastics team and the Kalb family.
SEATTLE PACIFIC (3-9) set a school record with a 193.950 in Friday's dual with UC Davis... Sophomore Maria Hundley edged Shumaker for the win on vault (9.875) while placing second on bars (9.825) and third on beam (9.850)... Senior Kenley Memmel and reigning MPSF Newcomer of the Week Kristi Hayashida finished 1-2 on floor
HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE:
On the meet at SPU: "That was probably the biggest accomplishment we've had since I've been here. A 195 is a different level of gymnastics. To be able to score that on the road puts us in a different place. We've been able to go 195 several times at home, and we were close -- 194.975 -- at the conference meet last year. But to actually break that barrier goes a long way in terms of this team's confidence that we can go anywhere and perform well. The biggest thing that has changed here is the attitude and expectations that this team has for itself. That's a huge shot in the arm for the athletes. It's something I've known for quite some time, and I've been waiting for it to take place. So for the whole coaching staff, it has been a lot of work and a long time coming. It's a huge lift for the whole program."
On Friday's Senior Night meet: "We are on a mission. It is a 12-meet season. We have to carry the same attitude and performance level regardless of the situation. Every meet is special. We have some things we need to improve on. Our vaulting has been down for the last couple of weeks because we've had some people with minor injuries. Hopefully we will get them back in the lineup and at full strength.