Sacramento State will close out its regular season on Friday, March 16, as the Hornets will host their second consecutive four-team meet at The Nest at 7 p.m. Sacramento State will face a pair of top 25 opponents in 13th-ranked Oregon State and No. 17 Arizona State. Local rival UC Davis completes the field.
Live scores will be available via hornetsports.com. A video stream, which will focus on Sacramento State, will be streamed via Pluto.TV. No subscription is required but you will need to register with an email address to view the stream.
The Hornets most recently finished third in a four-team meet and are now 6-14 on the year. Sacramento State did move up a couple of spots in the national rankings and is now 55th with an RQS of 194.075.
This week's meet will also serve as Senior Night. Following the competition, the Hornets will honor six seniors who will be making their final showing inside The Nest.
While this Friday marks the final home meet of 2018, Sacramento State will turn its attention to the MPSF Championships at Air Force on Saturday, March 24.
Oregon State is the highest ranked team in the meet as the Beavers come in with the 13th-best RQS in the nation. OSU has only competed in dual meets this season and owns a 6-3 record.
The Beavers feature 13 underclassmen among their 19 gymnasts. One senior is Dani Dessaints who was the Pac-12 vault champion a year ago. Dessaints also trained at Gymcats in Las Vegas with current Hornet seniors Lauren Rice and Caitlin and Courtney Soliwoda.
Arizona State is back in the top 25 for the first time since 2013. The Sun Devils scored 195.700 to tie for third in a meet which included No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 15 Denver.
Freshman Cairo Leonard-Baker has earned five Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week awards and ranks in the top-20 nationally in three event categories including the all-around (13th, 39.455), bars (15th, 9.905) and floor (T19th, 9.905).
UC Davis moved its RQS to 195.010 after a pair of strong meets last week. Kyla Kessler (gymnast), Aya Suzuki (specialist) and Kelley Hebert (newcomer) swept the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation weekly women's gymnastics awards.
The Aggies also feature Alexis Brown who was the MPSF Gymnast of the Year last season and has an RQS of 39.155 in the all-around.
THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State kept its home success going, posting its second highest score of the season in a four-team meet on March 9 at The Nest. The Hornets scored 195.175 to finish third in the meet. No. 20 Cal won the meet with a total of 196.650 and was followed by No. 22 Minnesota. Alaska Anchorage took fourth at 191.925.
The Hornets scored between 48.650 and 49.125 on all four events during the evening, including a season high 49.125 on floor.
Alexis Belkoff sparked the team in the first rotation with a career high 9.850 on vault to finish in a six-way tie for first place. Annie Juarez also had a career high with a 9.900 on floor to place second.
ONE LAST TIME
After the meet on Friday, Sacramento State will recognize its six seniors. The group has been a part of a conference title in 2015 and also have several individual NCAA regional appearance between them.
Jennifer Brenner (Oviedo, Fla.): Brenner has competed in all but four meets for the Hornets during her four seasons…she has two individual event titles on floor during her career, including a win in a meet against San Jose State and Seattle Pacific this season…she is a kinesiology major.
Annie Juarez (Westfield, Ind.): Juarez earned her place in the vault and floor lineups in her first six meets as a freshman but then was sidelined by multiple foot injuries that kept her out for almost two years…she returned for the final six meets last season and has since become one of the top all-arounders on the team…Juarez owns four scores over 39 points in the all-around this year and is challenging for an NCAA Regional berth in both the all-around and on floor…she is majoring in child development.
Courteney Ng (Elk Grove, Calif.): A specialist on bars, Ng has overcome three knee surgeries during her career…she has been in the lineup in every meet the last two years and has established herself as one of the most consistent bar workers on the team…she set her career high last season at the MPSF Championships where she placed fifth with a 9.850…she is a child development major.
Lauren Rice (Henderson, Nev.): Rice qualified for the NCAA Regionals as an all-arounder during her first three seasons…she entered this year as an almost certain lock for her fourth postseason appearance before injuring her ankle in the second meet of the year…Rice has finished first in all four events as well as the all-around during her career…her best of 39.325 at the 2016 MPSF Championships is tied for the 10th best in school history.
Caitlin Soliwoda (North Las Vegas, Nev.): Caitlin made her NCAA Regional debut last season and will return this year as an all-arounder…she has showcased her consistency this season, averaging 38.994 in the all-around and having 28 of 34 scores by 9.7 or higher…she is third in the MPSF in the all-around and is fourth on bars this season…Caitlin is majoring in communications sciences and disorders.
Caitlin Soliwoda (North Las Vegas, Nev.): Courtney qualified for the Seattle Regional last season and was a first-team all-MPSF selection on beam…she is third this season in the MPSF on beam where she owns an RQS of 9.820…last season she scored 9.750 or better in seven meets, including a 9.900 at the UC Davis Quad…Courtney is majoring in kinesiology.
NEWS & NOTES
Sacramento State last competed in back-to-back four-team meets at home in 1999…Alexis Belkoff's 9.850 on vault and Annie Juarez's 9.900 on floor were not only the best for the team in the meet but were the highest score for the team this year in their respective events…Belkoff's sister, Corinne, is a junior at Arizona State.
|PROBABLE SACRAMENTO STATE LINEUP|
|1. Courtney Soliwoda||Courteney Ng||Kendra Braida||Carly Pratt|
|2. Alexis Belkoff||Jordyn Brent||Lauren Schmeiss||Jennifer Brenner|
|3. Caitlin Soliwoda||Jackie Sampson||Jackie Sampson||Lauren Schmeiss|
|4. Annie Juarez||Annie Juarez||Annie Juarez||Jackie Sampson|
|5. Jennifer Brenner||Caitlin Soliwoda||Caitlin Soliwoda||Caitlin Soliwoda|
|6. Tara Catour||Courtney Soliwoda||Courtney Soliwoda||Annie Juarez|
|ex. None||None||Jennifer Brenner||None|