GYMNASTICS BACK AT THE NEST TO FACE CAL, MINNESOTA AND ALASKA ANCHORAGE

GYMNASTICS BACK AT THE NEST TO FACE CAL, MINNESOTA AND ALASKA ANCHORAGE

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OPENING PASS
Sacramento State returns home for the first of two straight meets at The Nest beginning on Friday, March 9, as the Hornets welcome Minnesota, Cal and Alaska Anchorage. The contest will begin at 7 p.m. PT.

Live scores will be available via hornetsports.com. There will not be a live video stream of this week's meet. However, follow Sacramento State gymnastics on Facebook for updates throughout the competition.

Friday night will mark just the third time this season that the Hornets have competed at The Nest this season. The team is 2-1 this season after defeating San Jose State and Seattle Pacific in its most recent home meet on Feb. 16. Sacramento Sate also hosted #15 Washington on Jan. 12.

The team will conclude its regular season on March 16 with another four-team home meet which features Arizona State, Oregon State and UC Davis. The meet will also serve as Senior Night for the Hornets.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Cal is the top ranked program among the four in action on Friday. The Golden Bears are ranked 20th in this week's RQS rankings. The team is led by Tori-Ann Williams who is tied for 13th nationally with an RQS of 39.420.

Cal is 8-4 on the season with its highlight victory coming on Feb. 25 against fourth-ranked Utah. The team is coached by Justin Howell who is in his sixth season. The Golden Bears lead the all-time series against the Hornets, 25-8, including a win at the NorCal Classic to start this season.

Minnesota (11-3) is coming off its season high, scoring 196.675 in a win over No. 13 Arizona State. The Golden Gophers were led by Lexy Ramler who won her sixth all-around title of the season with a total of 39.375.

Jenny Hansen is in her fourth season as the Minnesota head coach. The Hornets and Golden Gophers have never met in gymnastics prior to this week.

Alaska Anchorage has not competed since facing the Hornets at Seattle Pacific on Feb. 23. The Hornets and Seawolves will be meeting for the third time this season and will face each other at the MPSF Championships in two weeks.

UAA is coached by former Sacramento State assistant Tanya Ho who will be making her first appearance in The Nest as a head coach. The Hornets lead the all-time series, 49-2.

THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State could not overcome counting falls in its first two rotations in a 196.725-193.450 loss to No. 14 Boise State last Friday night at Taco Bell Arena.

Sacramento State opened the meet on bars and scored 48.300 but trailed the Broncos who scored 49.075 on vault. The Hornets were led by Caitlin Soliwoda and Courtney Soliwoda who each scored 9.825 to tie for fifth place.
 
The Broncos stretched their lead during the second rotation as BSU scored 49.300 on bars compared to 47.925 from the Hornets on vault. Caitlin Soliwoda tied for sixth overall and led the team with a 9.750.

Sacramento State scored 48.500 on floor with Annie Juarez tying for fourth place with a 9.825. The senior has now scored 9.8-plus in five consecutive meets.

The Hornets had their highest score of the night on beam in the final rotation. Courtney Soliwoda tied Boise State's Sarah Means for the top spot as each scored 9.875.

UPS AND DOWNS
Sacramento State had its streak of three consecutive meets with at least 194 points come to an end at Boise State last week. The team was plagued by a pair of falls during the first two rotations which left it in a large deficit. On the positive side, Sacramento State was able to bounce back after the early disappointments and score well in its final two events. The Hornets' highest score of the night came on beam during the fourth rotation where they totaled 48.725.  All six members of the team scored 9.675-plus, including Courtney Soliwoda who tied for first on the event with a 9.875.

Annie Juarez epitomized the roller coaster night for Sacramento State. Juarez scored 8.250 on bars and 9.200 on vault during the first two rotation ending her chance for a high all-around total. The senior, however, battled back to lead the team on floor with a 9.825 and ranked third for the Hornets on beam at 9.725.

GOOD TO BE HOME
For just the third time this season, Sacramento State will compete at The Nest. The last time the team was at home, the Hornets scored 195.400 for its season high and tied for the 10th best score in school history. While the top three all-time Sacramento State scores have all come at home, just four of the top 11 scores have been at The Nest.

The Hornets will have their final home meet of the year next Friday when they welcome Oregon State, Arizona State and UC Davis for Senior Night. Following the competition, Sacramento State will recognize its six seniors who will be competing at home for the final time.

BECOMING THE NORM
Caitlin and Courtney Soliwoda combined for six scores of at least 9.700 in their seven routines at Boise State. Courtney tied for first on beam with a 9.875 and added a 9.825 on bars and 9.700 on vault. She is averaging 9.8375 on beam in her last four routines and has five scores of 9.8-plus on the event during the year.
Caitlin scored 38.975 in the all-around with a high of 9.825 on bars. This season 23 of her 30 total routines have received at least 9.700.

POSTSEASON PROGNOSTICATION
Not much has changed for the Hornets this week in terms of postseason bids. If the season ended this week, Caitlin Soliwoda would qualify as an all-arounder with an RQS of 39.010 which ranks her third among teams outside the top 36 in the West Region.

Jordyn Brent (bars), Courtney Soliwoda (beam) and Annie Juarez (floor) currently occupy the individual specialists for their events. Brent has an RQS of 9.775 which places her just ahead of Courtney Soliwoda (9.765). Soliwoda owns a mark of 9.800 on beam while Juarez has an RQS of 9.840 on floor.

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