GYMNASTICS HEADS TO OREGON STATE FOR COMFORT SUITES INVITATIONAL
• Winners of its last two meets, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will travel to the Comfort Suites Invitational in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The meet will also include No. 8 Oregon State and No. 22 Washington.
• Live stats for the meet can be viewed through osubeavers.com. The Pac-12 Network will air a tape delayed broadcast on Sunday at 6 p.m.
• Oregon State is ranked eighth in the latest RQS standings. The Beavers most recently scored 197.175 but finished second behind Stanford in a three-team meet which included Cal. Four-time All-American and Sacramento native Makayla Stambaugh is the reigning Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week after scoring 39.525 in the all-around. OSU leads the all-time series against the Hornets, 10-0.
• Washington owns a high score of 196.025 earlier this year against Arizona and has five scores of 195-plus. The Huskies are led by senior Lauren Rogers who ranks 25th in Div. I in the all-around with an RQS of 39.150. UW leads the all-time series against Sacramento State, 13-0, including a win this year at UCLA.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Kalliah McCartney claimed at least a share of first place on beam, bars and floor and also won the all-around during Sacramento State's 193.800-193.400 victory over Utah State on Friday night at The Nest.
The Hornets scored 48.825 in their opening rotation on vault. The team counted five scores of at least 9.750 en route to its second highest score of the year. Kailey Hansen posted the team high with a 9.800
On bars, the team was again tightly grouped with the counting scores coming between 9.700 and 9.800. McCartney and Nicole Meiller closed the rotation with a pair of 9.800s to share the event title.
The Hornets' lead was nearly erased during the third rotation as Sacramento State was forced to count a pair of falls and finished beam with a team score of 47.425. McCartney helped save the score with a 9.850 during the final routine which won the event. The other four counting scores fell between 9.100 and 9.650.
The Hornets recovered on floor, scoring 48.750 to secure the win. Cassie Benning and McCartney tied for the top honors on the event with each receiving a 9.825.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
While Sacramento State has never defeated OSU in gymnastics, the Hornets have found success in Gill Coliseum, setting the school record (195.875) at the 2004 Salbasgeon Suites Invitational.
In other sports, the Hornet women's basketball team defeated the Beavers, 80-71 in overtime on Dec. 1, football won in Corvallis to begin the 2011 season and men's basketball won at Gill Coliseum, 65-63, on Nov. 21, 2009.
Sophomore Kalliah McCartney continued her domination of the all-around, finishing first for the sixth time in eight meets this year. McCartney scored 39.225 against Utah State and currently ranks 23rd in Div. I and leads the WAC with an RQS of 39.180. This year, McCartney has scored 39.200 or better in six meets with a high of 39.350 at San Jose State. The Vancouver, Wash., native set the school record as a freshman with a 39.375 last year at SJSU.
NEVER TOO LATE TO START
Junior Maddie Montoya worked her way into the vault lineup for the first time this season and responded with a 9.775 against Utah State to place fourth. Montoya had just one exhibition, where she scored 9.750, prior to crack the lineup.
NEWS & NOTES
The Hornets will need to score higher than 193.800 to improve their RQS…counting her exhibition on vault, senior Cayla Beutler would have scored 38.850 in the all-around.
Projected Sacramento State Lineup
|1. Tina Necas||1. Cayla Beutler||1. Dallas Smith||1. Dallas Smith|
|2. Cassie Benning||2. Ashley Wooff||2. Kayla Wonderly||2. Kaila Kilwein|
|3. Kailey Hansen||3. Kaila Kilwein||3. Elideth Guerrero||3. Katie Osaki|
|4. Kalliah McCartney||4. Cassie Benning||4. Cayla Beutler||4. Cayla Beutler|
|5. Maddie Montoya||5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Kailey Hansen||5. Cassie Benning|
|6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Nicole Meiller||6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Kalliah McCartney|