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GYMNASTICS EDGED BY .05 POINTS AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State’s Marina Borisova finished first on the bars, floor and in the all-around but San Jose State held on by the slimmest of margins to defeat the Hornets Friday night at the Hornets Nest. The Spartans scored 192.800 while Sacramento State finished at 192.750.
With the win, SJSU is now 5-0 on the season and 2-0 against Western Athletic Conference teams. The Hornets dropped to 1-2 overall with all three meets coming against WAC foes.
Sacramento State took a three-tenths lead after the first rotation, scoring 48.025 on vault compared to San Jose State’s 47.875 on bars. The Hornets were led by Borisova who scored 9.725 to finish second overall. Senior Nicole Giao was fifth in the meet with a 9.650 to rank second on the team.
The Spartans counted a 9.800 by Renae Moneymaker and a 9.700 from Jessica Khoshnood to help their team score.
The teams switched events for the second rotation and both had success. Sacramento State scored 48.700 on bars and SJSU recorded a 48.525 on vault. The Hornets counted four scores of at least 9.700 led by Borisova’s 9.825. Senior Alexis Tsurumoto, who was making her season debut, tied for second overall with a 9.800, junior Amber Basgall was fourth with a 9.750 and senior Melissa Genovese tied for fifth with a 9.700.
The Spartans claimed three of the top four spots on vault. Raylyn Cardeno scored 9.825 to win the event title and Moneymaker and Shanice Howard tied for third with 9.700s.
The Hornets saw their lead disappear during the third rotation. Sacramento State scored a respectable 47.575 on beam but was forced to count a fall while San Jose State posted a 48.525 mark on floor. Sophomore Lizzy Norvell led the Hornets with a 9.675 to place second overall and freshman Alycia Chan was third with a 9.650.
On floor, the Spartans had three scores of 9.700 or better including Veronica Porte’s 9.775.
Sacramento State nearly made up its deficit during the final rotation. The Hornets scored 48.450 on floor and were paced by Borisova’s 9.775 and also had 9.700s from Genovese and Chan. SJSU was able to hold on for the win with a 9.725 from Leah Bigelow.
Borisova claimed her second consecutive win the all-around with a 38.875. The Hornets claimed the top three spots in the all-around with Stubblefield (38.325) taking second and Genovese (38.125) placing third.
The two teams will face off again in San Jose on Feb. 1. Sacramento State returns to the Hornets Nest on Friday, Feb. 8, against Seattle Pacific. The meet against the Falcons will start at 7 p.m.
San Jose State 192.800, Sacramento State 192.750
VT: 1. R. Cardeno, SJSU, 9.825; 2. Borisova, SAC, 9.725; 3. Moneymaker, Howard, SJSU, 9.700.
UB: 1. Borisova, SAC, 9.825; 2. Tsurumoto, SAC, Moneymaker, SJSU, 9.800.
BM: 1. Bigelow, SJSU, 9.725; 2. Norvell, SAC, 9.675; 3. Chan, SAC, Porte, SJSU, 9.650.
FX: 1. Borisova, SAC, Porte, SJSU, 9.775; 3. Jay, Howard, SJSU, 9.725.
AA: 1. Borisova, SAC, 38.875; 2. Stubblefield, SAC, 38.325; 3. Genovese, SAC, 38.125.
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