GYMNASTICS HEADS TO THE FRONTIER LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK

GYMNASTICS HEADS TO THE FRONTIER LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK

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OPENING PASS
The Sacramento State gymnastics team will continue its life on the road as it travels to Anchorage, Alaska for a three-team meet on Friday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. PT. The meet, which will be hosted by Alaska Anchorage and will also contain Air Force, will take place at Alaska Airlines Center.

Fans can watch a live stream of the meet as well as access live stats via goseawolves.com.

Sacramento State is still searching for its first win of 2018. This week's meet marks the fourth time in five meets this season that the team will be away from home. However, getting out of Northern California may not be a bad thing for the team as its high score of 193.275 came at Utah State.

The Hornets are currently averaging 192.356 through the first four meets of the year which ranks 56th nationally.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Alaska Anchorage is 3-2 through its first three meets of the season. The Seawolves opened the year by defeating Cortland in a pair of meets in Anchorage. UAA then took second place in a three-team meet which featured Lindenwood and Centenary. Most recently, Alaska Anchorage lost at Illinois State.

The Seawolves feature a pair of all-arounders in their lineup in Isabelle Fox and Mackenzie Miller. Fox leads the team with an average of 38.312 in the all-around. Hope Nelson is averaging 9.738 on bars and 9.700 on beam for the highest scores on the team.

The Hornets will see a familiar face on Saturday as Alaska Anchorage is coached by Tanya Ho who is in her first season with the team. Ho was an assistant at Sacramento State from 2012-2017. The Hornets lead the all-time series, 47-2.

Air Force has had three dual meets this season where the Falcons earned a win over Wisconsin-La Crosse and fell to Denver and BYU. The Falcons started the year with a 193.425 and most recently scored 192.700 against BYU. Tyler Davis leads the team with averages of 38.325 in the all-around and 9.767 on floor.

Doug Day is in his 12th year as the head coach at Air Force. Day was an assistant at Minnesota prior to taking the job at the Academy. Sacramento State leads the all-times series, 22-1.

THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State dropped to 0-8 on the year last Friday with a 194.425-191.775 loss at San Jose State.

The Hornets started the night on bars where they were led by Courteney Ng. The senior scored 9.725 from the top spot in the order to place second in the meet. Caitlin Soliwoda tied for third with a 9.700 and freshman Jordyn Brent score 9.675 to tie for fifth place.

Sacramento State then turned its attention to vault where it scored a season best 48.575. Caitlin Soliwoda tied for second place with a 9.800, Annie Juarez scored 9.775 to rank fifth and Alexis Belkoff was seventh with a 9.700.

The meet derailed for the team on the next two events as Sacramento State was forced to count at least one fall on floor and beam. Annie Juarez received a 9.775 on floor to finish in third place overall. The team finished with an event total of 47.625 and fell further back of San Jose State as the Spartans scored 48.425 on beam.

In the final event, Kendra Braida led off with a 9.750 on vault to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Junior Lauren Schmeiss later added a 9.725 in her first competitive routine since an ankle injury cut her season short a year ago. Caitlin Soliwoda ranked third on the team with a 9.700.

BRAIDA CONTINUES TO LEAD FROM THE TOP
A week after earned the team's first MPSF Freshman of the Week award, Kendra Braida added her first event title to her young career. The true freshman scored 9.750 to tie for first place along with San Jose State's Taylor Chan and Katie Won in the meet. Braida is the first Hornet to claim at least a share of first place on beam this season.

The Elk Grove, Calif., native has averaged 9.775 in her last two routines while competing in the leadoff spot in the lineup. She has a season average of 9.675 which ranks second on the team among gymnasts who have had at least three routines this season.

IT'S IN THE VAULT
Sacramento State scored a season high 48.575 on vault at San Jose State. The Hornets were consistent as a team, counting five scores ranging between 9.625 and 9.800. Caitlin Soliwoda led the team and tied for second place with a season best 9.800. Annie Juarez finished fifth with a 9.775 and Alexis Belkoff contributed a 9.700.

Vault has been the team's highest scoring event this season as the Hornets are averaging 48.224. In the last three meets, Sacramento State has an average of 48.425. Caitlin Soliwoda and Annie Juarez own the highest averages on the team at 9.763 and 9.756, respectively.

BOOST ON BEAM
Sacramento State added some much needed depth on beam last week with the return of Lauren Schmeiss. The junior was injured last season and missed the last final three meets of the regular season. She was cleared to return to practice in early January and performed one exhibition on beam last week. Schmeiss scored 9.725 at San Jose State which was just off her career high of 9.750 from last season.

FOUR FOR FOUR
The Hornets had a different gymnast produce the high score on all four events at San Jose. Caitlin Soliwoda paced the team with a 9.800 on vault and Courteney Ng scored 9.725 on bars from the leadoff spot. Braida also led off for the team on beam and scored 9.750 while Annie Juarez received a 9.775 on floor to finish third.

Caitlin Soliwoda also added the high score for the team in the all-around. The senior totaled 38.825 to finish third in the meet. Along with her vault score, Soliwoda scored 9.700 on bars and beam and 9.625 on floor.

NEWS & NOTES
Seventeen of the 19 gymnasts on the team have performed in the lineup or as an exhibition this season…the Hornet leotards were voted as one of the top five in the nation in a recent online poll…Sacramento State will have 35 days between home meets (Jan. 12-Feb. 16).

PROBABLE SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUP
Vault Bars Beam Floor
1. Courtney Soliwoda Courteney Ng Kendra Braida Jennifer Brenner
2. Jordyn Brent Jordyn Brent Lauren Schmeiss Jordyn Brent
3. Alexis Belkoff Jackie Sampson Annie Juarez Jackie Sampson
4. Caitlin Soliwoda Annie Juarez Jackie Sampson Annie Juarez
5. Annie Juarez Caitlin Soliwoda Caitlon Soliwoda Caitlin Soliwoda
6. Jennifer Brenner Courtney Soliwoda Courtney Soliwoda Carly Pratt
ex. None None Carly Pratt None