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GYMNASTICS RECORDS SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN WITH VICTORY OVER UTAH STATE
Amanda Blauvlet (left) and Kailey Hansen each recorded event victories against Utah State.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amanda Blauvelt and Kailey Hansen each recorded career highs and finished first on bars and floor, respectively, en route to leading the Sacramento State gymnastics team to a victory over Utah State on Friday at the Hornets Nest. As a team, the Hornets set season highs on vault and floor and finished with a total of 192.000. Utah State scored 190.675.
The Hornets trailed by one-tenth entering the fourth rotation and were tied with the Aggies after each of the first three routines. Sacramento State then gained separation with a 9.875 from Hansen and a 9.850 from senior Jasmine Lipka, who finished second. Freshmen Katie Osaki and Kaila Kilwein were also critical in the team scoring 48.700 on floor as each scored 9.700 to tie for fifth.
Sacramento State began the night on vault and scored 48.350. Hansen finished third with a team-best 9.725 and was closely followed by Osaki's 9.700 which tied for fourth. Freshman Maddie Montoya added a 9.675 and the team also counted a 9.625 from senior Amanda Bieber and Blauvelt.
The team owned a 1.5 point lead after the first rotation as USU struggled on bars, suffering three falls during the rotation. However, Sacramento State had its own problems on the apparatus during the second rotation, enduring three falls of its own while the Aggies surged on vault.
Blauvelt scored 9.850 to easily win the event, finishing .225 ahead of the second-place finisher. Kilwein finished tied for third with a 9.525 and was the only other Hornet to break 9.5.
While the Hornets were on bars, Utah State scored 48.525 on vault led by Paige Jones' 9.825 and Lyndsie Boone's 9.800.
In the third rotation, Sacramento State amassed a 47.975 on beam. The team had four of its five scores fall between 9.600 and 9.675 led by Hansen (9.675) and senior Lissa Zamolo (9.650).
At the end of the rotation, the two teams were tied 143.000-143.000. However, a successful inquiry by USU temporarily gave the Aggies a one-tenth edge.
Utah State opened the final rotation strongly on beam, receiving a 9.725 from Cammi Muhr and a 9.700 from Rebecca Holliday in its first three routines. However, the team was forced to count a fall, ending its hopes of a comeback.
Following the meet, the Aggies suffered another hit as the judges did not accept USU's video review challenge, resulting in a three-tenths deduction.
Sacramento State will return to road for its fifth meet away from home in the last six weeks when the team travels to Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 18.
NOTES: Sacramento State is now 5-0 all-time against Utah State at the Hornets Nest…sisters Maddie (Sacramento State) and Amelia (Utah State) Montoya competed against one another…Blauvelt was scratched from floor due to an ankle injury suffered on beam…Nicole Meiller did not compete for the third consecutive week.
SACRAMENTO STATE 192.000, UTAH STATE 190.675
VT: 1. Jones, USU, 9.825; 3. Hansen 9.725; T4. Osaki 9.700; 6. Montoya 9.675; T8. Bieber, Blauvelt 9.625; 11. Angyal 9.450.
UB: 1. Blauvelt, SAC, 9.850; T3. Kilwein 9.525; 5. Ono 9.375; T7. Montoya 9.275; 11. Barrick 8.950; 12. Lipka 8.375.
BM: 1. Muhr, USU, 9.725; 3. Hansen 9.675; 4. Zamolo 9.650; 5. Peck 9.625; 7. Guerrero 9.600; 9. Lipka 9.425; 11. Blauvelt 8.850.
FX: 1. Hansen, SAC, 9.875; 2. Lipka 9.850; T5. Osaki, Kilwein 9.700; 7. Bieber 9.550; 12. Kinser 9.025.
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