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GYMNASTICS TRAVELS TO TEXAS WOMAN'S FOR FOUR-TEAM MEET ON SUNDAY

GYMNASTICS TRAVELS TO TEXAS WOMAN'S FOR FOUR-TEAM MEET ON SUNDAY

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OPENING PASS
The Sacramento State gymnastics will make a rare trip to the Lone Star State as the Hornets will compete in a four-team meet at Texas Woman's on Sunday, Feb. 19. The meet, which will also include Penn State and Western Michigan, will begin at 11 a.m. PST.

Texas Woman's is the only NCAA institution in the state of Texas to sponsor gymnastics. Sacramento State last competed in Denton, Texas, in 1995 at the USAG Championships.

Live stats and a video stream can be accessed by selecting the links on hornetsports.com or through the Texas Woman's web site.

The Hornets fell to 6-3 on the season after scoring 193.900 in a loss at San Jose State. Sacramento State is currently ranked 45th nationally with an average of 1983.896.

OPPONENT PREVIEWS
Texas Woman's is coming off its best performance of the year as the Pioneers scored 195.625 in a win over BYU and Centenary last Saturday. Schyler Jones scored 39.200 in the all-around to tie her carer high and was named the Midwest Independent Conference Gymnast of the Week. Erin Alderman was the MIC Specialist of the Week after scoring 9.875 on floor.

Sacramento State and Texas Woman's have a long history and were once two of the top teams in the USAG. The Hornets and Pioneers have met 17 times with TWU holding a 13-4 lead. Sacramento State is 4-1 in regular season meets while Texas Woman's is 12-0 in postseason competition.

Penn State is 5-3 overall and 30th in the national rankings. The Nittany Lions most recently lost to Ohio State, 195.950-195.850. PSU has scored 195 or better in three of its last four meets. Briannah Tsang averages 39.270 in the all-around which places her 27th nationally. Tsang is also the team leader on vault (9.808).

The Hornets have never faced Penn State in gymnastics. The Nittany Lions' baseball team will play at Sacramento State this season and PSU won an NCAA Div. I Volleyball Championship in Sacramento.

Western Michigan has averaged 194.758 in its last three meets, including a season high 195.575 at Bowling Green on Feb. 5. The Broncos have moved ahead of the Hornets in the national rankings and are now 44th with an overall average of 194.029. Anna Corbett is the team's top all-arounder with an average of 38.779.

Sacramento State leads the all-time series against Western Michigan, 2-0. The teams have only faced one another at neutral sites beginning with a four-team meet at UC Santa Barbara in 1999 and at the 2000 NIT at Central Michigan.

THE LATEST ACTION
Caitlin Soliwoda finished first on vault and Lauren Rice took the top spot on bars but Sacramento State could not overcome a season-high performance by San Jose State in a 195.200-193.900 loss to the Spartans at The Event Center on Feb. 10.

The Hornets started the meet on bars and took a narrow lead over SJSU with a total of 48.525. Rice scored 9.825 for her third win in the event this season.

Sacramento State pushed its lead to 97.225-97.175 following the second rotation. On vault, all six Hornets received scores ranging between 9.650 and 9.775. Caitlin Soliwoda went third in the event and finished first overall, just ahead of five who scored 9.750. Among that quartet was Alexis Belkoff, Julia Konner and Rice.

San Jose State overcame its deficit with scores of at least 49.000 on its final two events. While the Spartans scored 49.025 on beam in the third rotation, Sacramento State totaled 48.725. Julia Konner and Jennifer Brenner led the team with each scoring 9.825 to tie for second place.

Sacramento State closed the meet on beam with a 47.950. Two of the first three in the lineup suffered falls and none of the six were able to score higher than 9.750 during the rotation.

Rice competed in the all-around for the first time this season and finished with a four-event total of 39.000. That mark placed her just behind SJSU's Katie Won who scored 39.075 to win the individual title.

MIDWAY REPORT
Sacramento State has already completed six of its 11 regular season meets in 2017. The Hornets are currently outside of the top 36 in the national rankings but are by no means eliminated from postseason competition. Once the NCAA switches from season average to RQS, the Hornets could make a significant jump. The team is currently counting a pair of scores in the low 193s. However, Sacramento State has scored at least 48.875 on all four events this year. If the team could produce those marks on the same night, it would equal at 195.500.

A team's RQS is calculated by taking its top six scores (with no more than three coming at home), eliminating the high mark and then averaging the next five.

Last season, the 36th spot went to Michigan State who had an RQS of 195.385. However, the final RQS for that spot has increased in each of the past six seasons.

ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL
This week's lineup could mark the first time this season that both Caitlin Soliwoda and Lauren Rice will compete in the all-around. Soliwoda was in the lineup on all four events in the first five meets before getting a break on floor at San Jose State. That same night, Lauren Rice made her debut in the all-around, scoring 39.000 to place second.

One notable absence this week is junior Annie Juarez who will not compete due to a foot injury. Juarez had been in the floor lineup the last four meets and also has routines on vault and bars.

VAULTING TO THE TOP
Sacramento State remains the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the vault with a season average of 48.717. The Hornets have scored at least 48.500 in all six meets in the event and have finished first in five of those meets.

Four Sacramento State gymnasts rank among the top 10 in the league in the event. The group is led by Caitlin Soliwoda who is averaging 9.762 which places her fourth in the MPSF. Alexis Belkoff is tied for fifth (9.750), Rice is eighth (9.738) and Courtney Soliwoda is ninth (9.737).