SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Sacramento State gymnastics team went toe-to-toe with #29 San Jose State through the first three rotations on Friday but came up short against the Spartans in a 195.800-193.475 loss.
Led by an individual victory from Kalliah McCartney, the Hornets outscored SJSU on vault and found themselves down by just .35 points heading into the final rotation. San Jose State rallied for an impressive total of 49.350 on floor while Sacramento State had three falls on beam and scored 47.375 on beam.
McCartney continued her streak of high scores, leading the team on two of her three events and finishing second in the other. The junior finished first overall on vault with a 9.850. She was second on bars with a 9.850 and tied for fifth on beam with a 9.750. McCartney also returned to floor for the first time in nearly a month to score 9.825 in an exhibition. Her four scores would have totaled 39.275 in the all-around.
Julia Greer led SJSU by winning beam (9.850) and floor (9.925). Bekah Gher (39.125), Cami Guyer (39.100) and Cassandra Harrison (39.075) also took the top three spots in the all-around.
The Hornets began the meet on bars where they scored 48.675. Freshman Brennan Bailes joined McCartney in the top three with a career-high tying 9.775 to tie for third place. The team also received a 9.750 from Kaila Kilwein which tied for fifth.
Sacramento State added a 48.775 on vault with four scores of at least 9.700 and all six of 9.600 or better. McCartney's score was the best in the meet by .025 while Jesse Williams placed fourth with a 9.775. Kailey Hansen and Tina Necas tied for sixth at 9.725 and Katie Osaki added a 9.700.
On floor, the Hornets were able to stay in the hunt for the win with a 48.650. Dallas Smith scored 9.800 to lead the team and tie for fifth overall. Katie Osaki and Julia Konner each scored 9.775 to tie for seventh. Konner's score also set her career high.
Things fell apart for Sacramento State on beam while San Jose State dominated floor. The Hornets began the rotation with a pair of falls before Williams scored 9.625. A third fall came and McCartney's routine came before Hansen received a team leading 9.800 which tied for third.
During the same rotation, SJSU had all six gymnasts score 9.750 and did not count a score below 9.800.
Sacramento State will close its season on Saturday, March 22, when it heads to UC Davis for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.
1. #29 San Jose State 195.800
2. Sacramento State 193.475
1. Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 9.850; 4. Jesse Williams 9.775; T6. Kailey Hansen, Tina Necas 9.725; T8. Katie Osaki 9.700; T11. Julia Konner 9.600.
1. Marissa Unpingco, SJSU, 9.875; 2. Kalliah McCartney 9.750; T3. Brennan Bailes 9.775; T5. Kaila Kilwein 9.750; 9. Ashley Wooff 9.675; 11. Kayla Wonderly 9.625; 12. Jesse Williams 9.125.
1. Julia Greer, SJSU, 9.850; T2. Kailey Hansen 9.800; 8. Jesse Williams 9.725; T9. Kayla Wonderly, Elideth Guerrero 9.100; 12. Cassie Benning 8.875.
1. Julia Greer, SJSU, 9.925; T5. Dallas Smith 9.800; T7. Katie Osaki, Julia Konner 9.775; 10. Jesse Williams 9.700; 11. Maddie Montoya 9.600; 12. Kailey Hansen 9.500.
1. Bekah Gher, SJSU, 39.125; 4. Jesse Williams 38.225.