After a disappointing start to its 2006 season, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will look to bounce back with a pair of meets in a three-day span. The Hornets begin the weekend hosting Cal on Friday, Jan. 13, in the Hornets Nest. The meet against the Golden Bears will begin at 7 p.m. Two days later, the team will travel to Stanford to take on the Cardinal, San Jose State and UC Davis. That meet will begin at 2 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
In the Hawaii meet, the tougher scoring system was evident as third-ranked UCLA won the meet with a team score of 193.775. No. 13 Oregon State was second at 191.925 while 20th-ranked Arkansas (190.625) upset 18th-ranked Washington (190.425) to finish third. Cal placed fifth at 189.350.
Individually, Sacramento State was led by senior Trista Condren and sophomore Alexis Tsurumoto. Condren tied for seventh on floor with a 9.625 and also ranked second on the team on beam with a 9.475. Tsurumoto tied for seventh overall on bars with a 9.725.
Cal did not have any of its gymnasts place in the top 10 but the Golden Bears were very consistent. Cal counted five scores above 9.625 on bars en route to a 48.450 on the event. In fact, the Golden Bears counted only two scores below a 9.300 in the meet compared with five from the Hornets.
Fridayâ€™s meet marks the 16th meeting between the two teams. Cal leads the all-time series, 12-3. The Hornets however, have won their home opener four times in the last five years. The one defeat came in 2003 when they were toppled by the Golden Bears.
Stanford comes into the meet with a 3-1 record after placing second at the Cancun Invitational. The Cardinal scored 194.850 and finished just behind top-ranked Georgia.
San Jose State recorded wins over fellow Western Athletic Conference foes, Cal State Fullerton and Utah State after scoring 188.450. The Spartans were second in the meet behind North Carolina State.
UC Davis is appearing in its first meet of the year.
Sacramento State has never defeated Stanford in its previous five meetings. The Hornets hold a 29-17-1 edge over San Jose State and lead the all-time series against UC Davis, 32-18.
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