TEMPE, Ariz. — Junior Kalliah McCartney finished first on vault, tied for first on beam and placed second in the all-around to help the Sacramento State gymnastics team to a 192.225 total on Saturday night at Arizona State. That score placed the team third in the meet behind San Jose State (194.200) and ASU (193.525).
After a nearly flawless performance in the opener last weekend, the Hornets counted a fall on bars and had four falls during the meet, leading to over a two-point drop from their 194.400.
"This meet was judged a little more tightly than last week but that's not an excuse," Sacramento State head coach Kim Hughes said. "We're a good team but we need to work on our focus. We had a good warmup but had too many mistakes during the meet."
The troubles for the team started in the first rotation where it totaled 47.975 on floor. Katie Osaki opened with a 9.650 and Elideth Guerrero followed with a 9.525 to put the team on solid footing. Kaila Kilwein added a 9.575 before McCartney scored 9.500 in her first floor routine of the season. Dallas Smith led the team with a 9.725 to tie for sixth place in the meet. Senior Kailey Hansen, who scored 9.825 in the season opener, anchored the lineup but fell on her first pass and was unable to complete her routine.
Sacramento State was able to bounce back on vault with a 48.875. The team counted four scores of 9.750 and McCartney's 9.875 to reach its total. Osaki began the lineup with the first 9.750 and she was later followed by Julia Konner, Tina Necas and Hansen who all tied for seventh. McCartney's effort placed her .025 ahead of Arizona State's Gilly Hogue (9.850) and a half-tenth above two other Sun Devils.
All momentum gained on vault was lost on bars as the Hornets were only able to tally 47.325 while counting a fall. The rotation started strong with Brennan Bailes and Ashley Wooff scoring 9.600 and 9.700, respectively. Both of those marks were improvements from the opening week. Back-to-back falls slowed the progress and the rotation ended with a 9.500 from Kaila Kilwein and a 9.450 from McCartney.
Sacramento State closed the meet on beam with a 48.050. The first four Hornets all stayed on during their routines with the top score of 9.650 belonging to Guerrero. After a fall, McCartney scored 9.825 to tie San Jose State's Julia Greer for the top honor in the event. McCartney has now tied for first on beam in both meets this season.
The other event titles were claimed by Arizona State's Carissa Kraus on bars (9.900) and Greer on floor (9.850). SJSU's Bekah Greer totaled 38.850 to win the all-around with McCartney placing second (38.650).
Sacramento State will next compete at Stanford on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. in a meet which will also include Arizona.
1. San Jose State 194.200
2. #25 Arizona State 193.525
3. Sacramento State 192.225
VAULT: Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 9.875; T7. Kailey Hansen, Katie Osaki, Julia Kanner, Tina Necas, 9.750; 15. Emily Bolton 9.675.
BARS: 1. Carissa Kraus, ASU, 9.900; 7. Ashley Wooff 9.700; T11. Brennan Bailes, Kaila Kilwein 9.600; 15. Kalliah McCartney 9.450; 17. Paige Bottano 8.975; 18. Jesse Williams. 8.550.
BEAM: T1. Kalliah McCartney, SAC; Julia Greer, SJSU, 9.825; 9. Elideth Guerrero 9.650; T11. Dallas Smith 9.625; 13. Kayla Wonderly 9.500; T14. Alyssa Anderson 9.450; T16. Kailey Hansen 9.150.
FLOOR: 1. Julia Greer, SJSU, 9.850; T6. Dallas Smith 9.725; T9. Katie Osaki 9.650; 12. Kaila Kilwein 9.575; 13. Elideth Guerrero 9.525; 14. Kalliah McCartney 9.500; 18. Kailey Hansen 2.000.
ALL-AROUND: 1. Bekah Greer, SJSU, 38.850; 2. Kalliah McCartney 38.650.