GYMNASTICS HOSTS UC DAVIS IN CAUSEWAY SHOWDOWN
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• After three meets away from home, the Sacramento State gymnastics team returns to The Nest for the first time in over a month when it faces UC Davis on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
•Live stats for meet can viewed on hornetsports.com and videos of the Sacramento State routines will be posted on the gymnastics Facebook page.
• This will be the third meeting this year between the Hornets and Aggies. UC Davis has won both outings, defeating Sacramento State (191.400-191.000) at San Jose State and 194.675-193.925 at UCLA. The teams will also face one another on March 15 in Davis. Both meets will also give 1.25 points to winner towards the ScholarShare Causeway Cup.
• The Hornets are coming off a season high, scoring 195.250 in a narrow loss at Southern Utah last Friday. That score is tied for the ninth highest in program history and marked the third time this season that Sacramento State has scored 194-plus. The team remained 42nd nationally with a season average of 193.679.
• UC Davis has eclipsed the 194 mark in each of its last three meets, including a 194.300 at Seattle Pacific in its most recent competition. Katie Yamamura (vault, all-around) and Michelle Ho (bars, floor) were each double winners in the meet.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Led by a pair of all-arounders who scored 39-plus, Sacramento State posted its highest score of the year (195.250) on Friday night at The Centrum. As good as the Hornets were in the meet, Southern Utah was slightly better, scoring 195.700 to edge Sacramento State by less than a half point.
The Hornets scored season highs on vault, beam and floor en route to tying for the ninth highest total score in school history. The team began on bars with a 48.800 led by 9.825s from Nicole Meiller and Kalliah McCartney to tie for third place. Cayla Beutler matched her career high with a 9.775 and Cassie Benning provided a 9.750.
Sacramento State improved its score during the second rotation, scoring 48.875 on vault and recording three of the top four scores. McCartney finished first overall with a career-best 9.850. Benning and Kailey Hansen (who was vaulting for the first time this year) each scored 9.825 to tie for third. Katie Osaki also set a season high with a 9.725. The vault team total tied for the ninth highest in school history.
On floor, the team counted five scores ranging from 9.750-9.825. McCartney had the high mark while Osaki, Benning and Beutler each scored 9.800. The final score was provided by Dallas Smith who added a 9.750. The scores from Osaki, Beutler and Smith were all season highs.
Sacramento State easily had its best beam performance on the year, scoring 48.600. Hansen finished second overall with a 9.800 and Beutler was third with a 9.775. McCartney and Benning completed their all-arounds scoring 9.725 and 9.700, respectively.
Five gymnasts scored at least 39.075 in the all-around led by SUU's Jamie Armijo's 39.275. McCartney was second at 39.225 and Benning recorded a career high 39.075.
This week marks the final week that teams will be ranked by season averages. Beginning Monday, the rankings will be sorted by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). The system takes a team's top six scores (with a maximum of three coming at home), throws out the high and then averages the next five.
If Sacramento State is able to score well against UC Davis, the team should have a significant jump in the rankings due to the fact that the Hornets are currently counting a 191.100 from the season opener.
WHO NEEDS PRACTICE?
Since injuring her knee in warmpus prior to the first meet of the season, there was not much for Kailey Hansen to do at the gym. Once earning medical clearance, Hansen jumped back on beam and scored 9.550 at UCLA. Apparently that one routine was enough of a warmup as the junior scored 9.800 on beam at Southern Utah and also stepped in for a banged-up Nicole Meiller to score 9.825 on vault.
NEWS & NOTES
Four of Sacramento State's next five meets will take place in the area with three at home and one at UCD. The lone exception will be the March 9 tilt at Oregon State…the Hornets set or tied five career highs at Southern Utah…among those were freshman Cassie Benning who set career marks on vault (9.825), beam (9.700) and the all-around (39.075).
|Projected Sacramento State Lineup|
|1. Katie Osaki||1. Cayla Beutler||1. Dallas Smith||1. Dallas Smith|
|2. Kaila Kilwein||2. Ashley Wooff||2. Cassie Benning||2. Kaila Kilwein|
|3. Tina Necas||3. Kaila Kilwein||3. Elideth Guerrero||3. Katie Osaki|
|4. Kailey Hansen||4. Cassie Benning||4. Kailey Hansen||4. Cayla Beutler|
|5. Cassie Benning||5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Cayla Beutler||5. Cassie Benning|
|6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Nicole Meiller||6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Kalliah McCartney|
|ex. Beutler/Montoya||ex. Paige Bottano||ex. Kayla Wonderly||ex. Claire Torgerson|