Aggie gymnasts host Air Force Academy Friday

Feb. 26, 2018

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Friday, Mar. 2 - AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23 - at San Jose State (1st, 194.525)

RECAP: UC Davis (8-6) claimed its sixth straight head-to-head win over a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation member, this time with a 194.525 at San Jose State (which went 193.450)... Freshman Kelley Hebert and senior Alexis Brown shared the all-around title with 39.025 scores, while Brown added event wins on balance beam (9.875) and floor exercise (9.900, tied)... Sophomore Cammi Johnson posted the team’s top vault score with a career-high 9.775, while Brown led the bars squad at 9.700... Friday’s meet also saw the return of junior Kara Jones to floor exercise... She hit 11-for-11 en route to a first-team All-MPSF nod in 2017, but had been largely sidelined this year... Jones scored a 9.725 as the Aggies’ leadoff hitter in the third rotation on Friday.

Hebert’s score makes her just the third Aggie freshman to break the 39-point barrier more than once in that rookie season... Katie Yamamura was the first, hitting 39.100 and 39.075 in back-to-back home meets against TWU/Cal and Stanford late in the 2010 season... Brown hit 39.125 in a home triangular with Sac State and Central Michigan, then 39.250 against Washington in 2015... Hebert scored a 39.250 at Air Force on February 17, then 39.025 six days later... Kyla Kessler also has a chance to achieve this feat, as she hit 39.250 in the February 2 home quadrangular.

RANKINGS: UC Davis raised its regional-qualifying score to 194.520 but dipped two spots to No. 43 in the national rankings, as compiled by Arizona now occupies the all-important No. 36 spot with a 195.180, meaning the Aggies – who have a season-high 195.150 in the books – will need to score in the mid- to high 195s or better in each meet down the stretch to stay in the running for the NCAA postseason... UC Davis leads the MPSF in RQS, with San Jose State (194.135) and Sac State (193.525) right behind... Brown paces the conference in the all-around (39.130), beam (9.840) and floor (9.845, tied).

UP NEXT: UC Davis returns home for the first time in almost a full month, hosting Air Force in a 7 p.m. dual meet at the Pavilion Friday night... Live results are available via StatBroadcast (, while live video can be found as a Facebook Live event on the team’s Facebook page (

AIR FORCE (5-4), which hosted UC Davis on February 17, assembled a season-best 194.475 in a home tri meet with New Hampshire and Temple on Saturday... That marks the No. 5 score in head coach Doug Day’s 12-year tenure at the Falcon helm... Freshman Tyler Davis and senior Casey Bell went 1-2 on floor with scores of 9.850 and 9.825, respectively; while junior Analise Howard hit 9.850 on each of bars and beam... Air Force had the meet’s highest beam score at 48.950, and tied UNH with a 48.925 on floor... Like the Aggies, the Falcons have a freshman-heavy roster, with all eight four degrees having seen action in meets this year.

“This might be one of the closest meets UC Davis and Air Force has had in a long time. They have done a very good job this year. They went 194.4 against UNH and Temple this weekend.

“Bottom line is that we need to have a big performance. We need to really zone in on that execution level – landings, hitting handstands, completing turns – if we’re going to be in that upper-195 range that we’re looking for. I think Friday was our strongest team we’ve had on the floor this year, just in terms of having people back in the lineup. We have Yasmine [Yektaparast] back, we have Aya Suzuki back on two events, we have Kara Jones back on floor. We had Kyla [Kessler] back in the all-around. I feel like we’re getting those pieces of the puzzle in place, and now we need the group to put up the performances we know we can do. We’re ready to click on all eight cylinders here and get all of the stars to line up.”

“The only thing we can control is the level of our performance. I’m looking for those continued improvements, particularly steps on landings. We’re looking for that big presentation to impress the judges. That’s all we can control. This is a good group, and that’s still out there.”

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BIG WEST COIN DRIVE: Support the UC Davis Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Yolo County SPCA during the month of February as the Aggies hold their 11th annual coin drive at all home events. For the fourth year in a row, Big West Conference institutions will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to their designated charities, with the top three fundraising SAAC’s receiving a cash prize toward their SAAC budget. Over the last 10 years, conference members have combined to raise nearly $197,000.