Jan. 7, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San José State University women’s gymnastics team heads south to Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 11 to face No. 25 Arizona State and Sacramento State. The triangular meet begins at 7:00 p.m. (MT).
LIVE STATS: Live stats for the meet will be available by visiting http://thesundevils.com. The live stats will be live shortly before the meet begins at http://www.thesundevils.com/fls/30300/gymnastics/livestats/20140111.html.
LIVE STREAM: The meet will be streamed live on the PAC-12 Network’s website for free at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university.
TICKETS: Ticket prices for the Arizona State meet are $7. They can be purchased by phone at (480) 727-0000, in person at the Sun Devil Ticket Office at the south end of Sun Devil Stadium or before the meet at Wells Fargo Arena on Arizona State’s campus.
SAN JOSÉ STATE: The Spartans (0-4) head to No. 25 Arizona State coming off of a fifth-place finish at the NorCal Meet on Sun., Jan. 5. San José State earned the meet’s second-highest bars team score (48.650) in its opening rotation and the individual performances of several gymnasts elicited optimism. Julia Greer tied for the beam (9.850) and floor (9.850) titles, and Cami Guyer placed third in the all-around with her career-best 38.850. On bars, Marissa Unpingco matched her career-high 9.800 and in her first collegiate performance, Rachel Heinl scored a 9.675.
HEAD COACH: The San José State University women’s gymnastics team head coach is Wayne Wright in his 13th season. The 2012 NCAA West Regional Coach of the Year has brought six teams to an NCAA Regional since 2003 and at least two gymnasts have competed as individuals each season in that time. Overall, Wright has a 171-129-1 record.
ARIZONA STATE: No. 25 Arizona State opens its season by hosting the triangular meet on Saturday. After coming off their highest NCAA Regional finish since 2006 (third at the NCAA Corvallis Regional), the Sun Devils return 21 of their 24 line-up spots from 2013. Leading the team is Natasha Sundby, a 2013 PAC-12 Specialist of the Week. She earned a 9.900 on floor three times during the season, and scored at least a 9.850 on vault in nine meets. John Spini is in his 34th season at the helm of the Sun Devils’ program.
SACRAMENTO STATE: At the NorCal Meet, the Hornets (2-2) had a record-setting showing, earning its highest season-opening team score (194.400) and placing third in the meet. The team performed exceptionally on beam, posting the sixth-highest score in program history with a 49.050. Leading the team on the apparatus were Kalliah McCartney and Kaleigh Hansen, who shared the beam title with their 9.850 scores. In his 31st season, Sacramento State’s head coach is Kim Hughes.
GREER WINS FIRST EVENTS OF 2014: Senior captain Julia Greer led by example at the NorCal Meet (Jan. 5), earning a share of the meet’s beam and floor titles. On beam, her 9.850 gave her a five-way tie for first and on floor, her 9.850, also earned by three other gymnasts, was the meet’s top score. The wins were the sixth and seventh of her career (third on beam, first since 2012, and fourth on floor).
MPSF HONORS ALREADY COMING FOR SPARTANS: Just one week into the 2014 season, Spartan gymnasts are already earning conference honors. Senior Julia Greer was honored as the MPSF Specialist of the Week for her two first-place finishes at the NorCal Meet.
GUYER EARNS CAREER-HIGH SCORE: At the NorCal Meet on Jan. 5, Cami Guyer placed third in the all-around with her career-high 38.875 score. She broke her previous career-best score of 38.675, earned on Jan. 12, 2013, at the Arizona Quad. It was just the fourth time in her career that she competed in the all-around, and she was one of two San José State gymnasts to compete in the all-around at the NorCal Meet.
FACEBOOK: Catch up with San José State women’s gymnastics on Facebook. Like “SJSU Gymnastics” and get video and inside looks into the program. Performances will be posted to the page following the meet.
TWITTER: Follow San José State Athletics on Twitter @SJSUAthletics and follow @SJSUgymnastics for inside information on the gymnastics team. At the Arizona State meet, San José State’s progress after each rotation will be tweeted on @SJSUAthletics, along with photos and videos of the team at the meet.
GYM TALK: Visit www.sjsuspartans.com every Tuesday to watch Gym Talk, a weekly feature hosted by a San José State gymnast that discusses the previous week’s meet and previews the upcoming meet. Viewers will also get a behind-the-scenes look of Spartan gymnastics.
NOTES FROM THE GYM:
Kiley Field, a junior, competes on the beam and floor for the Spartans. At the NorCal Meet, she scored a 9.650 on beam, her highest score since 2012, and a 9.625 on floor.
Bekah Gher, a senior team captain, competes in the all-around for San José State. She earned a 37.550 in the all-around after scoring a 9.675 on vault, a 9.775 on bars, a 9.300 on beam and an 8.800 on floor at the NorCal Meet.
Hannah Gilbert, a sophomore, competes on vault for the Spartans. At the NorCal Meet, she recorded a 9.675 on the apparatus.
Kiana Gordon, a freshman, competes on beam for San José State. She scored a 9.300 on the apparatus at the NorCal Meet.
Julia Greer, a senior team captain, competes on vault, beam and floor for San José State. At the NorCal Meet, she shared the beam and floor titles after scoring a 9.850 on both apparatuses. She also earned a 9.550 on vault.
Cami Guyer, a junior, competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She placed third in the all-around at the NorCal Meet with a 38.850, her career high. She earned a 9.725 on vault, a 9.750 on bars, a 9.700 on beam and a 9.675, matching her career-best score, on floor.
Cassandra Harrison, a senior team captain, competes on vault, bars and floor for San José State. At the NorCal Meet, she scored a 9.675 on vault, a 9.625 on bars and performed a 9.700 floor routine.
Jasmine Holmes, a sophomore, competes on floor for the Spartans. She scored a 9.275 at the NorCal Meet.
Alyssa Kaschak, a sophomore, competes on bars and beam for San José State. At the NorCal Meet, she scored a 9.750 on beam in her first collegiate showing and earned a 9.650 on bars.
Alyssa Montalban, a junior, competes on vault for the Spartans. She earned a 9.525 at the NorCal Meet.
Marissa Unpingco, a sophomore, competes on bars for the Spartans. She matched her career-high on bars at the NorCal Meet by scoring a 9.800, the team’s best score on the apparatus.