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• With only one week remaining before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will have its final tune-up as it heads to San Jose State on Friday, March 14. The matchup against the Spartans will begin at 7 p.m. at the Events Center.
• Live stats and video with commentary will be available through sjsuspartans.com.
• The Hornets are coming off their top score of the season, compiling a 195.275 to finish ahead of #30 UC Davis and Alaska Anchorage on Senior Night. Kalliah McCartney tied for first on vault and took sole possession of first on both bars and beam to lead the Hornet charge. Redshirt freshman Jesse Williams added a career high 39.050 in the all-around.
This week marks the fourth meeting between Sacramento State and San Jose State this season. The two teams opened the year at the NorCal Classic where the Hornets prevailed 194.400-193.325. The following week, SJSU came out on top (194.200-192.225) in a three-team meet at Arizona State. The third meeting came on Feb. 14 in The Nest. The Spartans scored 195.725 compared to Sacramento State's 194.900. The teams will also meet again next week at the MPSF Championships at UC Davis.
While facing a team five times in a year is rare, having these two teams compete against one another is nothing new. Friday's meet will mark the 84th matchup between the pair with Sacramento State holding a narrow 43-39-1 edge. UC Davis ranks second on the Hornet list of most meets with 78 all-time competitions.
MOVING ON UP
Not only was Sacramento State's score its season best, it also tied the seventh highest score in school history. The Hornets opened with a 48.950 on vault and then scored a season best 49.000 on bars. That score featured two individual personal bests and two more which tied the career high. It was also the highest team total on bars since scoring 49.075 against San Jose State in 2007.
Through the first two rotations, all 12 routines for Sacramento State scored 9.700 or better, including six of 9.800 or above. Kailey Hansen and Kalliah McCartney tied for first place on vault with each receiving 9.825 and Jesse Williams tied for third at 9.800. On bars, McCartney scored a career best of 9.875 to finish first while Williams was third with a 9.82.
Sacramento State closed the meet on beam (48.475) and floor (48.850).
WILLIAMS NAMED MPSF NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Redshirt freshman Jesse Williams was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnastics Newcomer of the Week for her performance against UC Davis and Alaska Anchorage. The honor was the first for Williams this season and the second for the Hornets as she joined Julia Konner.
Williams set a career high with an all-around score of 39.050, surpassing her previous best of 38.975. She began the meet with a 9.800 on vault where she tied for third place. She then tied for second on bars with a career high of 9.825. A 9.625 on beam placed her 10th in the meet before closing out the competition on floor with a 9.800 which tied for fourth.
SHE'S A WINNER
McCartney's three individual event victories last week gave her 13 this season and 39 for her career. During her three seasons, the Vancouver, Wash., native has finished first on vault and beam 12 times and has also won the all-around in 11 meets.
ON A ROLL
Senior Kailey Hansen ended her Sacramento State home career in fitting fashion, placing among the top four in each of her three events. Since transferring from Washington following her true freshman season, Hansen has been one of the most consistent performers on the team and has qualified for the NCAA West Regional each year. A slow start to the season has been followed by a stretch where the Ventura, Calif., native has scored 9.700 or higher in 16 of her last 17 routines. During that same stretch, she has 11 scores of 9.800 or better, including a 9.900 on floor against San Jose State and Cal.
Hansen's tie for first place on vault was the first individual victory of her career. She also has six career wins on floor and four on beam.
|SACRAMENTO STATE PROBABLE LINEUP|
|1. Tina Necas||1. Brennan Bailes||1. Kayla Wonderly||1. Katie Osaki||Jesse Williams|
|2. Katie Osaki||2. Ashley Wooff||2. Cassie Benning||2. Julia Konner|
|3. Julia Konner||3. Pagie Bottano||3. Jesse Williams||3. Maddie Montoya|
|4. Jesse Williams||4. Jesse Williams||4. Elideth Guerrero||4. Jesse Williams|
|5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Dallas Smith|
|6. Kailey Hansen||6. Kaila Kilwein||6. Kailey Hansen||6. Kailey Hansen|
|ex. Emily Bolton||ex. Kayla Wonderly||ex. TBA||ex. Kaila Kilwein|