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Women's Gymnastics

 
January 23, 2014

GYMNASTICS RETURNS HOME TO FACE SEMO ON FRIDAY NIGHT

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OPENING PASS

• The Sacramento State gymnastics team returns home for its second meet of the season at The Nest when it welcomes Southeast Missouri on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available through hornetsports.com and for the first time a free live video stream is scheduled.
• Following the meet, members of the Sacramento State team will sign autographs.
• The Hornets are 2-6 after finishing third in a three-team meet which featured No. 12 Stanford and No. 19 Arizona last Sunday at Stanford. Facing top 25 competition is nothing new for Sacramento State as five of the team's six losses have come against ranked opponents.
• Southeast Missouri will be facing the Hornets for the first time in school history. The Redhawks, who hail from Cape Girardeau, Mo., are 2-2 on the season through two meets. SEMO began the season with a 194.725-192.375 loss to Kent State. The team most recently competed in a four-team meet at Penn State where it scored 193.800 to place second behind the Nittany Lions.
• Kristi Ewasko is in her fifth season as the head coach of Southeast Missouri. Taryn Vanderpool and Alyssa Tucker have been the top two all-arounders for the team this season. Tucker scored 38.875 in the opener while Vanderpool tallied 38.975 last week.

KONNER HONORED AGAIN
• Freshman Julia Konner earned her second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week award this season after setting career highs in both of her events at Stanford. Konner previously was honored after the first week of the year.
• The Bethesda, Md., native scored 9.800 on vault and 9.750 on floor. Her vault score bettered her previous high of 9.750 while her floor mark was a two-tenth improvement.

HORNETS PLACE THIRD AT STANFORD
• Sacramento State scored 192.450 to place third behind No. 12 Stanford (195.925) and No. 19 Arizona (195.850) at Burnham Pavilion. The Hornets fell into an immediate hole, scoring 48.100 on bars and 46.725 on beam during its first two rotations.
Brennan Bailes, Paige Bottano and Kaila Kilwein each scored 9.750 to lead the team on bars. Kalliah McCartney had the high score for the Hornets on beam with a 9.750.
• Sacramento State surged in its final two rotations, scoring 48.750 on floor and 48.875 on vault. McCartney scored a season high 9.875 to place fifth on floor and Kailey Hansen received a 9.850 to tie for fifth on vault.

NUMBER CONTINUES TO GROW
After opening the season without an all-arounder, Sacramento State saw Kalliah McCartney return to competition in all four events over the last two meets. This week, freshman Julia Konner will join McCartney in each rotation. The one twist, however, is that Konner will not score an all-around total as she is performing an exhibition on bars.

Last season, the Hornets had a pair of all-arounders with McCartney and Cassie Benning in the early part of the season. That streak ended when Benning injured her elbow which knocked her out of the lineup.

IN THE VAULT
Through three meets, vault has by far been the most consistent event for Sacramento State in 2014. The team scored 48.675 in the NorCal Classic to start the year and has followed with back-to-back scores of 48.875. The Hornets' average of 48.808 places the team 25th nationally, sixth in the West Region and first in the MPSF.

The consistency has carried over to the individuals as well as all six starters are averaging 9.642 or better and five own a mark of 9.7-plus. The group is led by Hansen and McCartney who are both averaging 9.800. McCartney's season high of 9.875 at Arizona State is tied for the 10th best in school history.

INJURY UPDATE
Sophomore Alyssa Anderson will join Kyle on the injured list for this week's meet. Anderson is projected to miss most of the season after having hernia surgery. Kyle had Tommy John surgery and is expected to redshirt during 2014. Junior Kayla Wonderly and sophomore Cassie Benning are both coming off Tommy John procedures but have both competed this season.

NEWS & NOTES
Eighteen of the 19 Hornets on the roster have at least competed an exhibition routine this season…the lone exception has been freshman Megan Kyle who is injured.

PROJECTED LINEUP
VAULT BARS BEAM FLOOR
1. Katie Osaki 1. Brennan Bailes 1. Kayla Wonderly 1. Katie Osaki
2. Emily Bolton 2. Paige Bottano 2. Dallas Smith 2. Julia Konner
3. Julia Konner 3. Ashley Wooff 3. Julia Konner 3. Jesse Williams
4. Tina Necas 4. Jesse Williams 4. Elideth Guerrero 4. Kaila Kilwein
5. Kailey Hansen 5. Kalliah McCartney 5. Kailey Hansen 5. Dallas Smith
6. Kalliah McCartney 6. Kaila Kilwein 6. Kalliah McCartney 6. Kalliah McCartney
ex. Cassie Benning ex. Julia Konner ex. Jesse Williams ex. Maddie Montoya
ex. Maddie Montoya      

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