Boise State Preps For No. 2 UCLA, No. 26 Washington and No. 44 Cal State Fullerton at UCLA Quad-Meet

What’s Happening:
The No. 21-ranked Boise State gymnastics team will continue their 2009 season on Sunday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on No. 2-ranked UCLA, No. 26-ranked Washington and No. 41-ranked Cal State-Fullerton. The Broncos improved to 7-2 this past weekend while also holding a 2-0 record in the NCAA West Region as well as a 2-0 record in the Western Athletic Conference.  


UCLA Quad-Meet:
UCLA’s quad-meet will be held on Sun., Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. (Mountain Time) at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Live stats, live audio and live video are available at http://uclabruins.cstv.com/sports/w-gym/sched/ucla-w-gym-sched.html. Click on the links under coverage on the right hand side of the screen under the UCLA Quad Meet.

 

Last Time Out:
The Broncos are coming off only their second loss of the season, to No. 14-ranked Illinois, who the Broncos led through three events at the IGI Chicago Style meet on Feb. 6. Boise State battled through a tough competition, finishing with a season-high score of 194.775. The Broncos finished just behind host and No. 14-ranked University of Illinois who scored a 195.100 to win the meet. No. 27-ranked Michigan State took third overall with a 194.400 while No. 44-ranked Illinois-Chicago placed fourth with a 193.275.  

 

The Broncos put up a good fight, leading much of the meet, but Illinois came back on the final rotation to capture the lead. Boise State had athletes who placed as high as second on bars and beam, third on vault and finished as high as fifth on floor.

 

All-Time Series:
The Broncos have competed against UCLA 21 times in school history, never winning a match-up with the Bruins. Their most recent meeting came April 2005 at the NCAA Regional Championships where the Broncos placed third.  

 

The Broncos and the Washington Huskies have faced one another 53 times with the Huskies leading the series 40-13. The Broncos, however, won the most recent match-up in March 2006 194.550 to 193.675.

 

Boise State and Cal State Fullerton have faced-off numerous of times, especially since they are both members of the WAC. Boise State leads the all-time series 25-18, winning the past three meetings with the most recent being at the 2008 WAC Championships.

 

Boise State:
The Broncos enter the weekend as the No. 21-ranked team in the country. After their Chicago Style meet last week, the team improved three spots to their current ranking. As a team, Boise State sits at No. 17 on floor exercise, No. 23 on bars, tied for No. 28 on beam and No. 29 on vault.

 

Individually, Boise State has eight athletes ranked in the nation’s top-100 on their respective events. Redshirt junior Taylor Jacob holds the highest ranking with a No. 8 spot on bars. Freshman Lindsay Kazandjian holds two national rankings, her first at No. 51 in the all-around and her second on beam at No. 66. Redshirt freshman Chelsee Apple jumped up 10 spots to tie for No. 44 on beam this week. Sophomores Mallory Dziawura and Amy Glass sit at No. 71 and 88, respectively, on the bars list, however, Glass will not compete for the remainder of the season due to injury. Sophomore Sarah Smith leads the Broncos on floor tied for No. 49 on the event. Junior Yvette Leizorek sits in a tie at No. 68 on floor while sophomore Kelsey Lang made her way into the rankings this week with a tie for No. 96.

UCLA:
UCLA enters the weekend as the highest ranked team, sitting at No. 2 in the nation and holding a 3-1 record on the season (their only loss was to No. 1 Utah). The team ranks in the top-5 in all four events, sitting at No. 2 in the nation on vault and beam and No. 5 on bars and floor.

 

The Bruins have a handful of top-100 ranked athletes, including Vanessa Zamarripa who is tied for No. 1 on vault, tied for No. 16 on bars, tied for No. 49 on floor and holds the No. 49 spot in the all-around rankings. Aisha Gerber also holds numerous rankings, sitting as high as No. 3 in the nation on beam. She also holds the No. 18 spot on vault, No. 78 spot on bars and No. 36 spot in the all-around. Ariana Berlin leads the team in all-around rankings, sitting at No. 10 in the nation. She also is tied for 16th on bars, ranks No. 36 on vault, No. 37 on beam and is tied for No. 54 on floor. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs is the second-highest ranked Bruin in the all-around, sitting at No. 22. Hopfner-Hibbs also is tied for No. 5 on beam, ranks No. 40 on floor and No. 53 on vault. Brittani McCullough is the next multi-ranked Bruin, holding the No. 18 spot on bars and tied for No. 65 on vault. Niki Tom ranks No. 18 on beam and No. 71 on floor while Mizuki Sato holds the No. 53 spot on vault and is tied for No. 100 on floor. Anna Li sits at No. 66 on bars while Alyssa Pritchett ranks No. 74 on vault to round out the top-100 ranked Bruins.

 

Washington:
Washington enters the weekend with a 6-2 record after upsetting Arizona in Seattle last weekend. They hold a No. 26 ranking in the national standings while also ranking No. 20 on beam, No. 21 on vault, No. 30 on floor and No. 35 on bars.

 

Individually, the Huskies have six top-100 nationally ranked gymnasts. Ashley Houghting holds the highest ranking, sitting in a tie for No. 5 on vault. Amanda Cline joins Houghting on vault with a No. 98 rank. On beam, Brandi Personett is tied for the No. 50 spot while Samantha Wailor sits in the No. 62 spot. On bars, Kristen Linton is tied for No. 66 in the nation while Hatsune Akaogi is tied for No. 85 in the all-around.

Cal State-Fullerton:
Cal State-Fullerton enters the weekend as the No. 41-ranked team in the country. The Titans improved to 3-2 this past weekend after defeating WAC opponent Utah State. CS Fullerton ranks No. 23 on vault, No. 29 on bars, No. 43 on floor and No. 44 on beam as a team.

 

Alaina Baker leads the team in the nation’s top-100 rankings, sitting at No. 83 in the all-around and tied for No. 71 on vault. Shelly Cooper is the only other Titan in the nation’s top-100, sitting at No. 83 on vars.

2009 Boise State Awards:
Taylor Jacob, WAC Specialist of the Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1
Chelsee Apple, WAC Specialist of the Week, Feb. 2-8

 

 


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