Gymnasts take on two Pac-12, top-20 opponents

Sunday's home dual with Cal will also feature a Senior Day tribute to grads-to-be Amanda Presswood and Alexis Brown. (Wayne Tilcock,
Sunday's home dual with Cal will also feature a Senior Day tribute to grads-to-be Amanda Presswood and Alexis Brown. (Wayne Tilcock,
March 5, 2018

Weekly Release No. 9 Get Acrobat Reader | Live Video (Friday) | Live Video (Sunday) | Live Results (Sunday)

Friday, Mar. 9 - at Washington, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 11 - CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 2 - AIR FORCE (1st, 196.350)

RECAP: UC Davis (9-6) gave a major edit to its record book during Friday’s home dual win against Air Force... Freshman Kelley Hebert set a school record in the all-around (39.525), while tying four others for the Aggie benchmark on floor exercise (9.950)... Senior Alexis Brown tied her personal record on beam at 9.900, tied for 2nd in program history... Another freshman, Kyla Kessler, became just the fourth Aggie first-year to break the 39-point barrier more than once, thanks to her 39.200 total.

Among team scores, the 196.350 total ranks third in school history, and marks just the fourth time UC Davis has surpassed the 196-point plateau... The 49.250 on beam also broke the old record of 49.225, set at last year’s MPSF meet... The beam squad performed so well that junior Yasmine Yektaparast’s season-best 9.775 was the dropped score from the total... The five scorers on beam were Brown (9.900), Hebert (9.875), junior Aya Suzuki (9.850), Kessler (9.825) and redshirt freshman Alyssa Ito (9.800).

UC Davis also figured into the conference record book, as compiled by MPSF media relations director Darren Preston... The 49.250 on beam also set a conference record, while the 196.350 total ranks 4th all-time... Most impressively Hebert’s 39.525 broke a 14-year-old record, previously held by Air Force’s Jessa Liegl (39.475)... Hebert’s 9.950 on floor ties the No. 3 score in conference annals.

RANKINGS: For the second straight week, UC Davis raised its RQS but fell in the national rankings, this time to 194.710 (up by .190) and 45th (down two spots)... This is a common occurrence at this time of year as teams drop lower early-season scores... Kent State holds the key No. 36 slot with a 195.315 RQS... The Aggies still lead the MPSF, with San Jose State (194.345) close behind... Air Force (193.865) moved into the No. 3 spot in the conference... Brown still leads the MPSF in all-around (39.130), although Hebert is giving chase (39.030)... Brown and Hebert also sit 1-2 on beam (9.850 and 9.825), while Brown also ranks 2nd on floor (9.845) and 3rd on bars (9.805).

UP NEXT: Thanks in part to the bye weekend in January, UC Davis has a rare two-meet weekend... The Aggies head to Seattle to visit No. 9 Washington for a triangular with Seattle Pacific on Friday night, then turn around to host No. 20 California on Sunday for their home finale... The team will honor seniors Brown and Amanda Presswood in that March 11 dual... Live video from UW is available via the Pac-12 Network website, while the UC Davis-Cal dual will be streamed as a Facebook Live event... Live results from Sunday are available via StatBroadcast.

WASHINGTON (8-5), which ranks 9th nationally and 3rd in the Pac-12 Conference with a 196.670 RQS, comes off a season-best 197.075 in Saturday’s road dual at Southern Utah... Sophomore Evanni Roberson tied for second in the all-around (39.350) and tied for the team win (9.900) while fellow second-year Maya Washington won the floor outright (9.900)... This is the GymDawgs’ first season under head coach Elise Ray-Statz... CALIFORNIA (8-4) will compete in a quad meet at Sac State before making the shorter trip to Davis on Sunday... The Golden Bears previously upset then-No. 4 Utah with a 197.500, just missing their school record... More recently, Cal scored a 196.925 in a home dual win over Central Michigan... Toni-Ann Williams won the all-around at 39.550, tying for event titles on vault (9.925), bars (9.925) and floor (9.825).

“The way we rested some injuries, we’ve finally got this team and this lineup to its strongest point. We have a great deal of upside right now. That being said, we still need to focus on our process and control those things that are within our control. We had one good performance, and we need to understand that we’re going into these two meets against highly ranked teams with that same level of performance.”

“It’s all about getting into the Aggie Bubble. That’s our secret for success. It’s about keeping all eyes on the Aggies and staying focused and dialed in on our process. It’s about making sure that things get done. Besides the person competing, we have a lot of jobs that help with the success of the program. Everybody has a job to do, whether it’s helping move mats or getting boards in place. We all have to make sure that the performer only worries about raising her hand to the judge and doing her routine. The Aggie Bubble creates an atmosphere of success.”

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