Wildcats look to score 196 in three-consecutive meets for first time in school history
Feb. 9, 2004
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What's on Tap: The No. 14 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team (6-1, 2-1 Pac-10) will travel to Corvallis, Ore. to take on the No. 19 Oregon State Beavers (3-6, 1-2 Pac-10) on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. (PST) in Gill Coliseum.
The Rankings: Arizona jumped one spot in the rankings to No. 14 this week, increasing the team's season average to 196.010 with a win over Cal on Friday (196.750). Until Feb. 16, all collegiate gymnastic teams will be ranked by season average. The Wildcats rank fourth in the nation on vault (49.220), No. 15 on bars (48.975), No. 18 on beam (48.820), and are No. 23 on floor (48.995). Individually for Arizona, senior Andi McCabe ranks 11th in the nation on vault (9.900), and sophomore Abby Pearson is No. 21 (9.885) on vault. Junior Monica Bisordi owns a No. 20 ranking on floor (9.900), and junior Katie Johnson squeezes in at No. 25 on floor (9.890).
About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 26-Feb. 16, teams will be ranked by their season average. Starting Feb. 23, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). A Regional Qualifying Score is based on a team's top-six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the regional qualifying score, the team's or gymnast's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. Complete rankings can be viewed at www.troester.com.
Arizona Head Coach Bill Ryden... is in his sixth season at the helm of the Arizona gymnastics program and holds a school and career record of 62-83-1. Ryden leads Arizona into 2004 after making his first appearance as a head coach at a NCAA Championship (2002), the program's first appearance since 1996. In 2002, Ryden earned Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as South Central Regional Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first head coach in Arizona history to have earned Regional Coach of the year honors.
Last Time Out: The No. 15 University of Arizona women's gymnastics team pulled out its second Pac-10 Conference victory of the season, 196.750-195.200, over California on Friday night in McKale Center. The Wildcats posted the fifth-best team score (196.750) in school history.
Arizona started out hot and was able to pull away down the stretch, sweeping the Golden Bears in each team category. The Wildcats accomplished the sweep by posting the fourth-best vault score in school history (49.425), the seventh-best bars mark in school history (49.350), the fifth-best floor mark in school history (49.425), and managing a 48.550 on beam.
Individually for the Wildcats, junior Monica Bisordi swept the individual titles, finishing first in each event. Bisordi took top honors in the all-around, tying her career-high score of 39.750, finished first on floor with a career-high 9.975, and tied for first place on beam (9.900), and on vault with a career-high 9.950. Bisordi's 39.750 in the all-around is the second-best mark in school history, and her 9.975 on floor is tied for third-best all time.
Senior Andi McCabe tied with Bisordi for first-place honors on vault (9.950), tied for third-place on floor with a career-high 9.900, and finished fifth on bars (9.850). Junior Jamie Duce tied with Bisordi for the bars title with a career-high 9.925, and tied for fourth place on beam (9.800).
In her collegiate debut in the all-around, freshman Aubrey Taylor finished in second-place in the all-around with a score of 39.300, the ninth-best score all-time. Taylor also finished third on beam (9.850), and fifth on bars with a career-high 9.850.
Sophomore Abby Pearson finished third on vault with a season-best 9.925, and junior Katie Johnson placed fifth on floor (9.875).
Arizona was able to jump to a quick, but slim lead over California in the first rotation, scoring a 49.425 on vault to Cal's 49.225 on bars. The Wildcats were able to extend their lead slightly over the Golden Bears after posting a 49.350 on bars, while Cal finished with a 49.125 on vault.
Leading 98.775-98.350 at the halfway point of the meet, Arizona was able to capitalize on a couple of Cal mishaps on floor (48.350), making up for the Wildcats' own errors on beam (48.500). With a 147.325-146.700 lead heading into the final rotation, Arizona was able to put Cal away for good on floor, posting a 49.425 in the event as Cal only managed a 48.500 on beam.
About the Beavers: The No. 19 Oregon State Beavers enter Friday's meet with a 3-6 overall mark, and a 1-2 Pac-10 Conference record. Oregon State is undefeated at home (2-0) and looks to rebound from last week's loss at Arizona State (196.700-196.975). On the season, the Beavers average 195.430 points per meet, with its season-high 196.700 coming in last week's loss. Oregon State ranks eighth in the nation on bars (49.070), No. 14 on beam (48.965), and averages 48.460 on vault and 48.935 on floor. The Beavers are led by freshman Chelsea Plourde in the all-around, who averages 39.320 in the all-around competition. Head coach Tanya Chaplin (UCLA '90) is in her seventh season at the helm of the Oregon State program and owns a career record of 100-80-1.
The Series: The Arizona-Oregon State series is a close one, led by Oregon State with a 19-18 series advantage over the Wildcats. Last year, Arizona topped the Beavers in Tucson, 195.775-194.800, on Jan. 17, but finished behind the Beavers at the Pac-10 Championships (196.650-195.950) and at the South Central Regional Championships (195.850-195.450). Since 1981, Arizona is 0-6 in duel-meet competition against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore.
Building a Dam: Oregon State will try to stop the flow of consecutive Pac-10 loses against the Wildcats on Friday. The Beavers have dropped their last two Conference duel meets, losing at California and at Arizona State. Oregon State's only Conference win was at home against then-No. 9 Washington, 196.050-196.025. So far this season, Oregon State is 2-5 against ranked opponents.
Road Warriors: Arizona has stepped up to the challenge of performing on the road this year, owning a 4-1 record away from McKale Center. However, Arizona's only loss of the season so far was in its first road Pac-10 Conference duel meet at then-No. 14 ranked Stanford (194.625-197.300). Arizona is 2-1 against ranked foes this season, and owns a 3-1 duel meet record.
Winning the Battles: Arizona's 6-1 record can be accredited to the Wildcats' ability to win the team-event battles in each meet. In five meets this season, Arizona has won 16 of 24 team-event titles. On that note, Arizona has swept the team-event titles in the last two-consecutive meets, and three of five meets this season. The only time Arizona lost a team-event battle was in a loss at Stanford, where the Wildcats were swept in each team category.
49's and 196's: In five meets, Arizona has scored 49 points or better in team events 13 times in 20 attempts. That number is far ahead of last year's pace, when Arizona managed 49 points or better 23 times in 13 meets. The Wildcats have also scored 196 points or better in three of five meets this season. Arizona's three scores of 196 is only one off the school record for the number of times 196 has been scored in a season, which was four in 2002. Arizona has also scored 196 or better in two-consecutive meets. The Wildcats have only accomplished that feat twice before in school history (2001, 2002), and have never scored 196 or better in three-consecutive meets.
Breaking Records: So far this season, Arizona has posted 10 team scores that rank in the all-time top-10. Against Cal, Arizona posted the fifth-best team score (196.750) in school history, the fourth-best vault score in school history (49.425), the seventh-best bars mark in school history (49.350), and the fifth-best floor mark in school history (49.425).
Putting up W's: Wins and loses don't matter much in collegiate gymnastics, but Arizona is looking pretty good in the win-loss column so far this season. At 6-1, the Wildcats are one win away from tying last year's seven-win mark. Last year, Arizona did not earn its seventh victory until the last meet of the season on April 12, when the Wildcats defeated Missouri and Illinois-Chicago at the South Central Regional Championships. Arizona's two Pac-10 Conference victories have already totaled last year's mark, as the Wildcats finished with a 2-12 Conference record in 2003.
Back where she Belongs: A one-meet absence after 27-consecutive all-around appearances seemed to have done junior Monica Bisordi wonders. In her return to the all-around lineup against Cal, Bisordi had a career meet. The San Mateo, Calif. native, swept the individual titles, finishing first in each event. Bisordi took top honors in the all-around, tying her career-high score of 39.750, finished first on floor with a career-high 9.975, and tied for first place on beam (9.900), and on vault with a career-high 9.950. Bisordi also posted a 39.750 in the all-around last year against Oklahoma on March 14, a score that remains as the second-best mark in school history. Her 9.975 on floor is tied for third-best all time. On the season, Bisordi has nine total individual event titles, including three in the all-around, and two on bars and floor.
Nice Start: Freshman Aubrey Taylor picked up where she left off against Illinois-Chicago against Cal. After earning her first-career beam title with a score of 9.925, the fifth-best mark in school history, against the Flames, Taylor made her collegiate debut as an all-arounder against the Golden Bears. Taylor was impressive, finishing second in the all-around with a score of 39.300, the ninth-best score all-time. Taylor also finished third on beam (9.850), and fifth on bars with a career-high 9.850.
Hot Cats: In the last two meets, 10 Arizona gymnasts have combined for 30 top-five finishes, including eight event titles.
Stacked Pac: The Pacific-10 Conference is becoming one of the most competitive and dominant conferences in collegiate gymnastics. This week, six of the seven Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25 with UCLA at No. 2, No. 7 Stanford, No. 14 Arizona, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 18 Washington and No. 19 Oregon State.
Up Next: Arizona returns to Tucson and will host Pac-10 rival Washington on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. (MST) in McKale Center.