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GYMNASTICS FACES CAL, WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY NIGHT

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OPENING PASS
• Coming off its season high score, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when it competes at Berkeley, Calif., against Cal and Washington. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. from Haas Pavilion.

• For those unable to attend, live stats will be available through calbears.com. There will not be a video stream of this meet.

• Cal has dubbed this meet as its "Pretty in Pink" contest. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. There will also be several pre-meet activities for fans.

• In the most recent meet, Sacramento State scored a season high 194.900 but came in third place behind Cal and San Jose State on Feb. 14 at The Nest. The Golden Bears won the team with an impressive 196.725 while the Spartans scored 195.725.

• The Hornets had five career highs established or tied in the meet, including Kailey Hansen who scored 9.900 to tie for second place on floor.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
• Cal will face Sacramento State for the second consecutive weeks. The Golden Bears scored a season high 196.725 in the last meeting and are now ranked 21st nationally. Cal had three all-arounders score 39.250 or better, including Jessica Howe who won the meet with a 39.325. Serena Leong finished first on vault (9.925) and floor (9.925), Alicia Asturias had the top score on bars (9.925) and Desiree Palomares and Crystal Paz tied for first on beam (9.825).

• With its two wins over the Hornets this year, Cal leads the all-time series, 18-8.

• Washington is also coming off an impressive effort in which the Huskies scored 196.650 but came up just shy against No. 9 UCLA (196.675). UW's score was its second best of the season. Aliza Vaccher scored 39.250 to lead the team in the all-around while Jackie McCartin tied for the win on bars with a 9.925.

• The Huskies lead the all-time series against the Hornets, 15-0.

FLOOR PROPELS HORNETS TO SEASON HIGH
A season high score of 49.075 on floor rallied Sacramento State to a 194.900 overall mark — its highest of the season. After not scoring higher than 48.725 on its their first three rotations, the Hornets counted five scores of 9.675 or higher, including four of at least 9.800. Senior Katie Osaki began the rotation with a season best 9.800 and was followed by a career high 9.675 from Maddie Montoya. Freshman Jesse Williams then set her career mark with a 9.850. After a fall, Kailey Hansen tied her career best with a 9.900. Dallas Smith rounded things out with a 9.850 which was just off her high water mark of 9.875.
   
Overall, three Sacramento State gymnasts set or matched their career highs and another set a season high. The team's total score placed it just outside the top 10 in school history (49.100 is 10th) and easily surpassed its 2014 best of 48.750 which came at Stanford.

HANSEN EARNS MPSF SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Senior Kailey Hansen was the recipient of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Specialist of the Week following her performance against San Jose State and Cal. Hansen scored 9.750 on vault, tied for third on beam with a 9.800 and tied for second on floor with a 9.900. Her floor total also matched her career best.

The honor was the second MPSF award for the Ventura, Calif., native this season as she was also the conference Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 8.

ALL-AROUND OPTIONS
Kalliah McCartney and Jesse Williams became the first pair of Hornet all-arounders to compete in the same meet this year.  Last season, McCartney and Cassie Benning competed in all four events in the first eight meets. Williams made the most of her first college all-around, scoring 38.975. The redshirt freshman is currently slated to be the lone all-arounder for the Hornets at Cal as McCartney is getting the week off from floor and bars.

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