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GYMNASTICS LOOKS TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM AT SAN JOSE STATE ON FRIDAY

GYMNASTICS LOOKS TO CONTINUE MOMENTUM AT SAN JOSE STATE ON FRIDAY

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OPENING PASS
Coming off its best score of the season, the Sacramento State gymnastics team will travel to San Jose State for a three-team meet on Friday which will also include New Hampshire. The meet will start at 7 p.m.

Live scoring will be available through the San Jose State athletics website. The meet will also be streamed via Facebook. Links can also be found for both on Hornetsports.com.

Sacramento State set its season high for the third consecutive meet, edging the Spartans 192.600-192.500 last Friday night at The Nest.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
San Jose State and Sacramento State will be meeting for the third of five times this season. The Spartans captured the victory at the NorCal Classic before the Hornets won last weekend. The teams will also meet at Cal on March 17 and the MPSF Championships on March 24 at Seattle Pacific. Last Friday's win gave Sacramento State a 52-51-1 lead in the all-time series.

Joanne Bowers is in her first year as the head coach at San Jose State. Bowers was the head coach at Washington from 2007-16. She also served as an assistant coach at Michigan (2001-06) and Kent State (1997-01).

Sacramento State will be facing New Hampshire for just the second time in program history. The Hornets recorded a 194.525-192.525 win over the Wildcats in a four-team meet at Utah State in 2009.
UNH is currently 32nd in the national rankings. New Hampshire is averaging 194.700 and has a high of 195.500.  The team most recently scored 194.925 in a four-team meet against George Washington, Yale and William & Mary. Hailey Lui set a personal best 9.925 on the balance beam, Emma Winer scored 9.750 on vault and Danielle Mulligan posted a 9.825 on floor to lead the team.

Gail Goodspeed is in her 40th season as the head coach at New Hampshire.

THE LATEST ACTION
Sacramento State scored its highest score of the season and earned its first outright victory with a 192.600-192.500 win over San Jose State on Feb. 8 at The Nest.

Sacramento State held a slight lead after the first rotation as each team was forced to count a low score. The Hornets totaled 47.625 on vault while SJSU scored 47.350 on bars. Jordyn Brent led the Hornets in the event at 9.675 and was closely followed by Lauren Schmeiss (9.650) and Destiny Watley (9.625).

The team surged in the second rotation, matching the Spartans' mark on vault as each team posted a score 48.475. Brent earned her third career win on bars by tying her career high of 9.850. Sophomore Courtnee Marquez finished in second place with a career high of 9.775 and Destiny Watley was fourth at 9.725.

The momentum appeared to carry over to beam where Kendra Braida opened the rotation with a career high 9.850 which placed her second overall. From there, however, the next best score was 9.725 from Mathias and the team finished with a score of 47.850. At the same time, San Jose State had success on floor with a 48.275 and the Spartans took a 144.100-143.950 lead into the final rotation.

Senior Carly Pratt scored 9.700 in the team's first routine on floor and was matched by the Spartans' Josalyn Ray on beam to keep SJSU in the lead. The Hornets moved ahead with a 9.750 from Braida. San Jose State had a pair of falls in the middle of its lineup but rallied late with a 9.900 from Chelsey Andrada and a 9.850 from Taylor Chan. Brent secured the win with her 9.875.

BRENT NAMED MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Jordyn Brent was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week after guiding the Sacramento State gymnastics team to a victory over San Jose State on Feb. 8 at The Nest. Brent finished first on bars, floor and in the all-around while setting or tying career highs in all three.

The Los Angeles native started the meet with a team-high 9.675 on vault. From there, she matched her career high with a 9.850 on bars. That score was easily the best in the meet and sparked the Hornets to a season high on the apparatus. Brent moved to beam where she scored 9.725 to rank third on the team. During the final rotation, she secured the Sacramento State victory with a 9.875 on floor to easily surpass her career high.

Overall, Brent totaled 39.050 in the all-around to finish in first place. Her score marked the first time during her career that she has exceeded 39 points in the all-around. The victory in the all-around and on floor were the first of her career while her win on bars was her third.

CAREER NIGHT FOR BARS TEAM
Sacramento State broke through on bars for the first time this season with a total of 48.475. The score destroyed the Hornets' previous high of 46.900 this season on bars and all six gymnasts at least tied their career best. Alexis Belkoff opened the rotation with a 9.525 and was followed by Destiny Watley's 9.725 which placed her fourth overall. Brent added a career-high tying 9.850 to win the event and was backed by Courtnee Marquez who crushed her PR with a 9.775. The final two scores came from Shaye Mathias (9.500) and Amber Koeth (9.600).

Of the six gymnasts in the lineup, Brent was the only one to compete on bars last season for Sacramento State. The group included three freshmen, including Koeth who was performing for the first time this season.

BRAIDA SETS PAIR OF CAREER HIGHS
With the result of the meet up in the air, Kendra Braida helped cement Sacramento State's victory with a pair of career bests. The sophomore was the first gymnast on beam during the meet but managed to finish in second place overall with a 9.850. Braida's score held as the top spit through 10 gymnasts until SJSU's Chelsey Andrada scored 9.900.

In the final rotation, Braida finished second on the team and third overall with a 9.750 on floor. The routine was just the second of her career in the event and followed a 9.725 from two weeks earlier.

MATHIAS DOUBLES DOWN
A week after competing in her first collegiate all-around and earning MPSF Freshman of the Week honors, Shaye Mathias matched that score in the all-around against San Jose State. The Golden, Colo., native started slowly with a 9.400 on vault but followed with a career high on bars, a 9.725 on beam and a 9.625 on floor. She has now scored 38.250 in both her all-arounds this season.