GYMNASTICS HOSTS BOISE STATE AND UC DAVIS FOR SENIOR NIGHT ON SUNDAY
• The Sacramento State gymnastics team closes out the home portion of its schedule on Sunday, March 13, in a three-team meet featuring No. 13 Boise State and UC Davis. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.
• Following the action, the Hornets will honor five seniors who will be competing at the Hornets Nest for the final time. The group is comprised of Amanda Bieber, Amanda Blauvelt, Kaitie Kinser, Jasmine Lipka and Lissa Zamolo.
• Sacramento State enters the weekend with a 5-6 overall record following a 194.025-192.125 loss against San Jose State last weekend. The Hornets are 2-2 against Western Athletic Competition with Boise State being the lone team Sacramento State has not faced.
• The Broncos are off to one of their best starts in school history. The team is currently ranked 13th nationally with an RQS of 195.700. Individually, Amy Glass is the top all-arounder in the West Region.
• UC Davis is 9-7 following its most recent victory over Seattle Pacific. Sacramento State leads the all-time series 44-22.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Sacramento State had success on vault and floor but struggled through bars and beam in a loss to San Jose State on March 6. The Hornets scored a season high 48.325 on vault and added a 48.750 on floor to help them to a 192.125 total.
Individually, Kailey Hansen and Nicole Meiller tied for third on vault as each scored 9.700. Meiller was also second on bars with a season best of 9.775. On beam, Hansen had the top mark, scoring 9.650 to place fourth. Katie Osaki and Jasmine Lipka tied for the team high on floor with 9.775s to share second.
Following Sunday’s meet, Sacramento State will honor five seniors who will have just finished their final home meet at the Hornets Nest. Each member of the group has been with the team throughout their collegiate careers and all have been regulars in the lineup.
• Amanda Bieber was part of the 2007 WAC championship team as she competed on vault, beam and floor. Despite being slowed by a shoulder injury the past two seasons, Bieber returned in 2011 and has been in the lineup on vault in every meet.
• Amanda Blauvelt has not missed a meet in the past three seasons. This season, Blauvelt has added all-arounder to her resumé after primarily competing on vault and bars. The Wall, N.J., native has also finished first on bars twice as a senior, giving her three career wins in the event.
• Kaitie Kinser broke into the floor lineup as a junior, competing in all 11 meets a year ago. That season, she also set her top score with a 9.800 at Boise State. Kinser has also competed on vault during her career.
• Jasmine Lipka enjoyed a breakout season in 2010, setting career highs in three events, including a 9.900 on floor. As a senior, Lipka has continued to impress, earning her way into the lineup as an all-arounder. She also owns the highest floor average on the team.
• Lissa Zamolo earned first team all-WAC honors as a freshman after tying for third on beam and helping the team to its second straight WAC title. Injuries kept her out of action in 2008, but she has returned to compete on all four events over the past three seasons.
Heading into this weekend’s meet, Sacramento State is 53rd nationally with an RQS of 191.625. While the Hornets’ postseason chances have been dimmed as a team, a couple of individuals are battling for the at-large berth.
The top three contenders for the individual floor spot will be on display on Sunday. UC Davis freshman Michelle Ho currently owns the best RQS of athletes on teams outside the top 36 with a 9.825. However, Hansen (9.800) and Lipka (9.770) are both close behind. Because of only competing in six meets, Lipka’s numbers could fluctuate the most over the final two weeks.