GYMNASTICS FACES UCLA, WASHINGTON AND UC DAVIS ON SUNDAY
• After enjoying its lone weekend off during the season, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will get back to competition on Sunday, Feb. 10 when it travels to Pauley Pavilion to face No. 4 UCLA, No. 25 Washington and UC Davis in a four-team meet.
• There are numerous ways to follow Sunday’s meet. UCLA will provide live video and audio as well as live stats. The meet is planned to have each routine perform individually, allowing the viewer to watch each performance.
• Sacramento State is 0-5 all-time against UCLA and will be facing the Bruins for the first time since 2006. UCLA edged Stanford (196.925-196.200) in its most recent action. Senior Vanessa Zamarripa scored a perfect 10 on vault to lead the team.
• UC Davis is coming off its best score of the year, scoring 194.125 in a win over Seattle Pacific. Junior Anna Shumaker finished first on vault (9.850) and the all-around (38.850) and was named MPSF Gymnast of the Week.
• Washington also scored a season high in its most recent action, upsetting No. 12 Arizona (196.025-195.200). The Huskies recorded season highs on three of the four events and produced the event winner for each event as well as the all-around.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Sacramento State led through each of the first three rotations but could not overcome four falls on beam in a 193.575-193.050 loss at San Jose State on Jan. 25. The Hornets had the individual winner on all four events as Kalliah McCartney and Cassie Benning tied for first on floor, Nicole Meiller won bars, and McCartney claimed the top spot on beam and floor.
McCARTNEY GOES STREAKING
McCartney earned her third consecutive Western Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Week honor after scoring 39.350 in the all-around at San Jose State. The sophomore’s score is tied for second in school history and trails only her own school record of 39.375.
Against the Spartans, McCartney opened with a 9.825 on bars and followed with a 9.775 on vault. She then tied her career high with a 9.990 on floor and concluded with a 9.850 on beam.
This season she has finished first in the all-around in each of the team’s four meets and has also had or shared the top score on beam three times and on vault and floor twice.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
Defending WAC beam and floor champion Kailey Hansen is scheduled to make her 2013 debut on Sunday at UCLA. The Ventura, Calif., native will have a large rooting section on hand for her appearance on beam. Hansen has missed the first four meets of the season after injuring her knee in warmups at San Jose State prior to the first meet.
Last year, Hansen scored 9.925 on beam and added a 9.900 on floor to win the conference titles. She went on to compete at the NCAA West Regional on both events
Her return follows Cayla Beutler and Kayla Wonderly who each came back in the last meet at SJSU. Beutler had missed two weeks with a sprained ankle and came back to compete in three events.
Wonderly, who had Tommy John surgery eight months ago, had an exhibition on beam.