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• After placing third at the NorCal Classic, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will face its third top 25 team in two meets when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take on No. 25 Arizona State and San Jose State on Saturday, Jan. 11. The meet will be held at the Wells Fargo Arena and begin at 6 p.m. PST.
• Live stats and a video stream will be available through the Arizona State web site (thesundevils.com).
• Sacramento State enters the meet with a 2-2 overall record after placing third in the NorCal Classic behind No. 9 Stanford and No. 22 California. The Hornets scored 194.400 to record their highest score in a season opener in school history.
• Arizona State will be making its season debut on Saturday. Last season, the Sun Devils placed third at the Corvallis Regional and ended the season ranked 24th. Earlier this week, head coach John Spini announced that he would retire following the 2014 season after 34 years at ASU.
• San Jose State is 0-4 following a fifth-place showing at the NorCal Classic. The Spartans scored 193.325 and were led by Cami Guyer in the all-around (38.850) and Julia Greer who tied for first on floor with a 9.850.
HANSEN AND KONNER NAMED EARN MPSF WEEKLY AWARDS
Senior Kailey Hansen and freshman Julia Konner wasted little time becoming acclimated to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation as the pair each earned honors following the team's first week back in the conference. Hansen scored 9.800-plus in each of her three events to help her earn the MPSF Gymnast of the Week award. On vault, she scored 9.800 to place fourth, she tied for first on beam with a 9.850 and finished in a tie for fifth on floor with a 9.825.
Konner scored 9.750 on vault in her first collegiate meet to become the MPSF Newcomer of the Week. The Bethesda, Md., native also exhibitioned on bars and floor.
Hansen and junior Kalliah McCartney each scored 9.850 to tie for first place on beam and lead Sacramento State to its sixth-highest score in school history on the event. The victory was the ninth for McCartney in her career on the event and third for Hansen. The Hornets began the rotation with a career high 9.800 from junior Kayla Wonderly. After a fall, sophomore Alyssa Anderson also set a PR with a 9.775. That score was matched by senior Elideth Guerrero before Hansen and McCartney completed the lineup.
The total of 49.050 was the highest by a Sacramento State team since scoring 49.100 at the 2012 WAC Championships. The score was easily the best in the meet on beam and matched Stanford's total on bars for the highest team score on any event.
The Hornets' score of 194.400 was not only the highest in a season opener, it was the third highest score by the school in the month of January and the fourth highest in the nation during the opening weekend. The record for the month by Sacramento State is 194.750 set against San Jose State on Jan. 27, 2012. Last year, the team scored 194.500 against Seattle Pacific on Jan. 11. The Hornets' previous high for a season opener was 193.575 against Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 20, 2001. The start was in stark contrast to recent seasons in which the team failed to break 190.000 from 2010-12 before scoring 191.100 last season.
NEARLY ALL IN
Sacramento State took a fairly unorthodox approach fielding its lineup during the NorCal Classic as 16 of the team's 18 healthy gymnasts saw action in the meet. With the heavy roster size, the Hornets did not have an all-arounder in the meet for the first time since competing at Utah State on Feb. 11, 2011. Kalliah McCartney had competed as an all-arounder in every meet the last two seasons but was left off of floor in the season opener. Included in the list of competitors in the meet were freshmen Emily Bolton and Konner as well as sophomores Brennan Bailes, Paige Bottano, Jesse Williams and Anderson who each competed in two or less meets a year ago.
Sacramento State will head into the meet at Arizona State in relatively good physical shape. Freshman Megan Kyle is the only gymnast who has been ruled out of competition due to injury. Kyle had Tommy John surgery and is expected to redshirt during 2014. Junior Kayla Wonderly and sophomore Cassie Benning are both coming off Tommy John procedures in the last year but are expected to fight for spots in the lineup.
|1. Katie Osaki||1. Brennan Bailes||1. Kayla Wonderly||1. Katie Osaki|
|2. Emily Bolton||2. Ashley Wooff||2. Dallas Smith||2. Elideth Guerrero|
|3. Julia Konner||3. Jesse Williams||3. Alyssa Anderson||3. Kaila Kilwein|
|4. Tina Necas||4. Paige Bottano||4. Elideth Guerrero||4. Kalliah McCartney|
|5. Kailey Hansen||5. Kaila Kilwein||5. Kailey Hansen||5. Kailey Hansen|
|6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Dallas Smith|
|ex. Maddie Montoya||ex. Alyssa Anderson||ex. Julia Konner||ex. Anneke Klaver|