GYMNASTICS HEADS TO UC DAVIS FOR THREE-TEAM MEET ON SUNDAY

GYMNASTICS HEADS TO UC DAVIS FOR THREE-TEAM MEET ON SUNDAY

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OPENING PASS
The Sacramento State gymnastics teams finds itself back in Northern California for the third time in four weeks as the team will make the short trip to UC Davis for a three-team meet on Sunday, Jan. 27. The action will begin at 1 p.m. from The Pavilion (Note the time of the meet was moved up an hour from initial schedule). Along with the Aggies, the meet will also feature Alaska Anchorage.

Live scoring will be provided by the meet by selecting the link on hornetsports.com. A live stream is also available through UC Davis' gymnastics Facebook page.

The Hornets started the season with back-to-back home meets before heading to Colorado for a four-team meet at No. 8 Denver last weekend. After this weekend's action, the team will have a bye and then host San Jose State on Feb. 8 before going to the Spartans a week later. In fact, Sacramento State leaves California just three more times this season with all three meets taking place in Seattle. The Hornets travel to Seattle Pacific for a regular season meet  as well as the MPSF Championships and will also go to Washington.

OPPONENT PREVIEWS
UC Davis is currently ranked 27th nationally and is coming off its best score of the season. The Aggies tallied a 195.125 at Seattle Pacific last weekend and are now 3-4 on the season. UC Davis was led by a pair of impressive all-arounders as Kelley Hebert finished first with a total of 39.200 and Gabby Landess scored 39.050 in her first collegiate all-around.

UCD leads the MPSF in all four events this season. The Aggies also rank eight nationally and fourth in the West Region with an average of 49.042 on beam. Yasmine Yektaparast, Sarah Liddle and Alyssa Ito account for the top three averages in the league on the event. Yektaparast's average of 9.825 ties her for 13th in the region while Liddle and Ito are both averaging 9.817.

John Lavallee is in his 12th season as the Aggie head coach. The Hornets lead the all-time series, 58-37.
Alaska Anchorage has surprised many with its quick start to the year. The Seawolves are averaging 191.213 in four dual meets this year. The team scored 192.400 against Brown on Jan. 11 and has already surpassed its high score from a year twice this season.

Individually, Sophia Hyderally is fourth in the MPSF on floor with an average of 9.794.

Former Sacramento State assistant coach and UC Davis gymnast Tanya Ho is in her second season leading Alaska Anchorage. The Hornets lead the all-time series, 51-2, and have won the last 50 meetings.

THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State scored a season high 190.150 and were led by its underclassmen last Saturday night at Hamilton Gym in Denver, Col. Despite the score, the Hornets finished in fourth place behind eighth-ranked Denver (196.175), 22nd-ranked Central Michigan (193.250) and Texas Woman's (190.200).

The Hornets started the meet on beam and were led by a pair of freshman as Shaye Mathias tied for sixth place with a 9.725 and Amber Koeth was close behind with a 9.675 which tied for eighth. Sophomore Jordyn Brent paced the team on floor with a 9.775.

In the final two events, junior Alexis Belkoff had a team high 9.700 on vault and freshman Destiny Watley had the high score for Sacramento State on bars with a career high 9.650.

In all, the team had five individuals set or tie career bests during the meet.

TRYING TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Through the first three meets of the season, Sacramento State's highest event total has come in three different meets. The team started the year with a 48.850 on beam at the NorCal Classic. That mark remains the highest total on any event this year. The next week, team scored 48.625 on floor against Stanford and Seattle Pacific. Most recently, the high mark came on vault with a 47.850 at the Denver quad meet.

If the team counted its season highs on all four events in the same meet, the Hornets would finish with a total of 192.275. That score would be over two full points ahead of the current high of 190.150 which was set last week. Taking it a step further, if Sacramento State counted its five best individual scores on each event the team would finish with a 192.750.

GETTING YOUNGER BY THE MEET
Sacramento State relied heavily on the  youth on the team as 14 of the team's 24 routines at Denver were performed by freshmen and sophomores. That included an all-around performance by sophomore Jordyn Brent and three events for freshmen Shaye Mathias and Destiny Watley. The team had just four routines performed by seniors and only used multiple seniors on floor where Lauren Schmeiss and Carly Pratt performed.

This season, the Hornets have already had five freshmen and five sophomores perform at meets. The percentage of underclassmen in the lineup could increase as Mathias is expected to make her all-around debut on Sunday.

BRENT CONTINUES, SNAPS STREAKS AT DENVER
Jordyn Brent extended her consistency on floor at the Denver quad meet, scoring a team-high 9.775 in the event for the third time in as many meets this year. Brent currently ranks seventh in the MPSF with her average and is sixth in the all-around.

Brent had been the only member of the team to score at least 9.5 in each of her routines during the first two weeks. That streak came to a halt last weekend when she fell on beam. She did manage to score at least 9.625 in her other three routines.

THIS & THAT
Seniors Lauren Schmeiss and Carly Pratt and junior Tara Catour will serve as team captains in 2019…six members of last season's team as well as the team itself were recognized by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association for their academic achievements during the 2017-18 year…the NCAA will switch its postseason format this season moving from six six-team regionals to four nine-team sites…the format will involve multiple days of competition as the eight seed will take on the nine in the opening round…the second day will see two four-team meets with the top two advancing to a four-team meet on the third day.