GYMNASTICS EDGED BY ARIZONA STATE IN FINAL ROTATION
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Led by a victory in the all-around by Kalliah McCartney and a share of first place on beam by McCartney and on floor by Cassie Benning, the Sacramento State gymnastics team came up just short in a three-team meet on Friday at The Nest.
The Hornets scored 194.250 and finished a tenth of a point behind the Pac-12's Arizona State (194.350) for the top spot. San Jose State scored 192.525 to finish third.
"This was another solid performance and we've now gone back-to-back weeks without counting a fall," Sacramento State head coach Kim Hughes said. "This team is showing a confidence that it can compete with anyone."
Sacramento State held a .075 advantage heading into the final rotation but ASU was able to overcome a fall on its first routine to rally for the win on bars. The Sun Devils scored 48.725 on bars while the Hornets totaled 48.550 on floor.
The team total marks the first time in school history that Sacramento State has posted two scores of 194-plus during in January. Dating back to last season, the Hornets have now surpassed that mark in five of its last six meets.
The team opened on vault and saw each of its six athletes record scores of 9.675 or higher en route to a 48.725. McCartney finished fourth in the event with a 9.800 while Benning and Nicole Meiller scored 9.775 to tie for fifth. The score for Benning also served as the freshman's career best.
ASU held a narrow lead after the first rotation, receiving a 48.775 on beam. Risa Perez and Morgan Steigerwalt each scored 9.775 to tie for the top spot in the meet with McCartney.
During the second rotation, the Hornets scored 48.550 on bars to take the team lead at the midway point of the meet. McCartney tied her career best with a 9.825 to place second and Kaila Kilwein and Cayla Beutler each posted 9.725s to tie for fourth place.
The team's lead narrowed during the third rotation as the Sun Devils amassed a 48.650 on vault compared to Sacramento State's 48.425 on beam. McCartney tied for the top spot on floor and Beutler tied for fourth after receiving a 9.750 in her first meet back after spraining her ankle on Jan. 4.
Arizona State was sparked by a 9.875 from Natasha Sundby and a 9.825 by Carissa Kraus to finish first and tied for second, respectively.
On floor, the Hornets counted five scores ranging from 9.600-9.825. The high mark on the team belonged to Benning who posted a career high and tied for first with Sundby. McCartney tied for third with a 9.800 and sophomore Dallas Smith was fifth at 9.725.
ASU began their rotation with a fall but bounced back to have five scores of at least 9.675. Kahoku Palafox finished first in the event with a 9.875.
Sacramento State will travel for its next three meets beginning with a dual at San Jose State on Jan. 25. The team's next home meet will come on Feb. 22 against UC Davis.
1. Arizona State 194.350
2. Sacramento State 194.250
3. San Jose State 192.525
1. Natasha Sundby, ASU, 9.875; T2. Cassandra Harrison, SJSU; Carissa Kraus, ASU, 9.825.
1. Kahoku Palafox, ASU, 9.875; 2. Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 9.825; 3. Brianna Gades, ASU, 9.750.
T1. Kalliah McCartney, SAC; Risa Perez, Morgan Steigerwalt, ASU, 9.775.
T1. Cassie Benning, SAC; Natasha Sundby, ASU, 9.825; T3. Kalliah McCartney, SAC; Cassandra Harrison, SJSU, 9.800.
1. Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 39.200; 2. Cassie Benning, SAC, 38.800; 3. Cami Guyer, SJSU, 38.275