GYMNASTICS HEADS TO DAVIS FOR CAUSEWAY CLASH
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• Sacramento State will make the short trip across the Causeway to face UC Davis in the second of four meetings this season. The meet will take place at The Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. The winner of the meet will receive 1.25 points towards the ScholarShare Causeway Cup. The Aggies currently hold a 37.50-23.75 lead in the all-sports competition but the Hornets have claimed the last 21.25 points.
• In the first matchup this season, Sacramento State defeated UC Davis, 194.400-193.450, in the NorCal Classic at The Nest. The teams will also compete on March 7 at Sacramento State and March 22 at MPSF Championships in Davis.
• The meet is the second of four straight duals for the Hornets.
• Sacramento State leads the all-time series, 51-25, and have a 16-8 record against the Aggies when competing at UC Davis.
• The Hornets enter the meet with a 3-6 overall record after a narrow win over Southeast Missouri. Juniors Dallas Smith and Kalliah McCartney rallied the team for a 193.150-193.100 with the final two floor performances of the meet. Freshman Julia Konner finished first on vault, Smith won floor and McCartney had a season high to win the all-around.
• UC Davis is 4-7 and coming off its best score in school history. The Aggies scored 195.875 and placed second in a four-team meet which included Stanford, San Jose State and Utah State. Anna Shumaker was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week after scoring 39.225 to win the all-around. Dani Judal was the conference's Specialist of the Week based on her 9.900 on beam and redshirt freshman Katy Nogaki was the Newcomer of the Week with a 9.900 on vault.
ABOUT AS CLOSE AS IT GETS
Sacramento State's win by .05 points was its closest score since suffering a 192.825-192.800 loss to Illinois State on Jan. 30, 2009. After a pair of falls on floor, the Hornets found themselves in a sizeable hole during the final rotation. After Chelsi Hamilton scored 9.700 from SEMO, the Redhawks had over a 10 point lead with the Hornets down to their final two competitors. Junior Dallas Smith sparked the comeback with a career high 9.875. That score helped Smith win her first individual event title at Sacramento State and was also the high score in the meet. SEMO countered with a 9.650 from Megan Fosnow. Needing a 9.8 to tie the score, McCartney received a season-high 9.850 to give the team its first win since the NorCal Classic.
BACK AT THE TOP
A slow start to the season couldn't keep McCartney buried for long. The junior scored a season high 39.075 to win her first all-around title this season. The victory was the 10th of her career. During the meet, she also placed second on vault (9.775), beam (9.700) and floor (9.850). McCartney has now scored 39-plus 15 times during her career which places her within one of Marina Borisova (2006-09) for the all-time lead in school history.
Sacramento State scored its season high on bars with a 48.900 against Southeast Missouri. That score was the best by a Hornet team since scoring 48.975 in a four team meet at UC Davis which also featured Stanford and San Jose State on March 23, 2008.
In the most recent meet, the team counted five scores of 9.750 or better. Sophomore Jesse Williams set her PR and placed second overall with a 9.825. Kaila Kilwein matched her season with a 9.800 to place third. Paige Bottano shattered her previous best with a 9.775 to finish fourth. Brennan Bailes and McCartney tied for fifth at 9.750 with Bailes tying her career high.
VAULTING AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION
The one constant for Sacramento State this season has been vault. The Hornets are averaging 48.725 through the first four meets which places the team atop the MPSF standings, sixth in the West Region and 32nd nationally. McCartney is the top individual vaulter in the conference with an average of 9.794. All four of her vaults this season have scored 9.750 or higher with a best of 9.875. Freshman Julia Konner ranks fifth in the MPSF with an average of 9.775.
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.
|Sacramento State Projected Lineup|
|1. Tina Necas||1. Brennan Bailes||1. Kayla Wonderly||1. Katie Osaki|
|2. Katine Osaki||2. Paige Bottano||2. Dallas Smith||2. Kaila Kilwein
|3. Emily Bolton
||3. Ashley Wooff||3. Julia Konner||3. Jesse Williams|
|4. Julia Konner||4. Jesse Williams||4. Cassie Benning||4. Julia Konner
|5. Kailey Hansen||5. Kalliah McCartney||5. Elideth Guerrero
||5. Dallas Smith|
|6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Kaila Kilwein||6. Kalliah McCartney||6. Kalliah McCartney|
|ex. Jesse Williams
||ex. Kayla Wonderly||ex. Jesse Williams||ex. Maddie Montoya|