Gymnasts Look To Continue Hot Streak At Hornet's Nest

Kendall McCann ranks second (behind teammate Stacey Nicolini) among the MPSF beam leaders with an RQS of 9.585.<br>(Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Kendall McCann ranks second (behind teammate Stacey Nicolini) among the MPSF beam leaders with an RQS of 9.585.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 3, 2008

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THIS WEEK
Mar. 7 - at Sacramento State w/California & Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK
Feb. 29 - ALASKA ANCHORAGE (1st, 192.875)

NOTES
TO RECAP: UC Davis broke the 48-point barrier on beam (48.075) and floor (48.450) for the first time this season, compiling a season-best 192.875 in a home win over Alaska Anchorage Friday... Three Aggies won event titles: Michelle Bobonski on vault (9.800), Lida Gehlen on uneven bars (9.850) and Michelle Kulovitz on floor exercise (9.875)... Kulovitz also captured the individual all-around with a 37.800 total... Four floor performers hit career highs in that final rotation: Kulovitz, Adee Schoffman (9.775), Ashley Lachman (9.725) and Marcy Miller (9.550)... Bobonski tied her PR on beam with a second-place 9.725 while Gehlen matched her career best on bars with that 9.850.

IN THE RANKINGS: Gehlen bumped her regional-qualifying score (RQS) to 9.820, moving her into a tie for 9th among West Region gymnasts... Freshman Stacey Nicolini ranks T20th (with UCLA's Jordan Schwikert) with a 9.770 RQS on vault... Michelle Kulovitz and Michelle Bobonski are tied for 23rd on vault at 9.730... Among MPSF leaders, UC Davis holds the top five slots on vault (adding in Marcy Miller at 9.715 and Tanya Ho at 9.695)... Nicolini and sophomore Kendall McCann are 1-2 on beam with RQS of 9.615 and 9.585, respectively... At 9.665, Kulovitz is now in striking range of Alaska's top-ranked Kelsey Fullerton (9.725) on floor exercise.

UP NEXT: UC Davis heads up the Yolo Causeway to compete in a tough four-team meet at Sacramento State on Friday... California (RQS of 191.405) and MPSF archrival Seattle Pacific (186.885) will join the Aggies (190.745) and host Hornets (192.720) in the meet.

CALIFORNIA finished fourth at Missouri's Cat Classic, finishing with a 191.000 team score... Sophia Hocini finished sixth on beam (9.775) while Siobhan Luce tied for sixth on vault (9.800) to post the Golden Bears' top finishes... Michigan won the meet with a 196.200, well ahead of host Mizzou at 195.275... Cal has gone winless in dual competition since picking two wins in the Aggies' season-opening triangular on Jan. 11.

SACRAMENTO STATE captured wins in all four events plus the all-around in a 193.375-191.625 dual victory over Alaska Anchorage on Sunday... Melissa Genovese won beam with a 9.900 while sharing the floor win (with teammate Alycia Chan) at 9.850... Amber Basgall won bars (9.825), Chan won vault (9.750) and Eryn Stubblefield took the all-around (38.650) as the Hornets continued a strong three-week run that started with a 194.675 against Southern Utah on February 15.

SEATTLE PACIFIC finished third in a three-way meet at Boise State, scoring 186.825 overall... Junior Brianna Schwartz finished fourth on bars with a career-high 9.825... The Falcons hit their 2008 high on February 15, scoring 188.350 in a triangular at Oregon State... Senior Ashley Domres has her team's highest RQS in any event, ranking fourth in the MPSF on bars at 9.680.

HEAD COACH JOHN LAVALLEE
"We had another very good performance on Friday night. The team did a tremendous job out there. They're fighting and staying on the apparatus. We cut our falls from six or seven to two or three. You're picking up your score by two full points. Therein lies the difference. Once we start competing comfortably at this level, we'll be able to go up, really max things out and hit some big routines. As evidence, we had 12 scores of 9.700 or better last week, which is a huge number for us."

"We want to stay the course in terms of our progression of what we're trying to do. We can work on a tenth here and a tenth there. If everybody fixes one tenth in their routine, that's two more points right there. I think we're at that point. We went out and performed well at San Jose, and I think there was some question in their minds as to whether it was a fluke. After doing it again on Friday, I think they have a good understanding of where they're at. I think we're in good shape going into the last four meets of the season."