Women's Gymnastics Looks To Maintain Momentum At No. 20 Washington

Jan. 14, 2014

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San Jose, Calif. - The San José State University women’s gymnastics team travels up the coast to Washington on Saturday, January 18, for a 4:00 pm. (PT) meet against the Huskies, Arizona State for the second-consecutive meet, and UC Davis.

TICKETS: Ticket prices for the quad meet at Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena are $6 for adults over 18 years of age and $4 for those under 18 and over 62 years of age. To purchase tickets through Ticketmaster (with a $2 convenience fee) at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/University-of-Washington-Huskies-Gymnastics-tickets/artist/205363?DB_OEM_ID=30200

SAN JOSÉ STATE: The Spartans (2-4) visit Washington after stunning No. 25 Arizona State with a 194.200 meet-winning team score. San José State went 24-for-24 in the meet, which also featured Sacramento State, and put five gymnasts in the top-3 of four events. Bekah Gher won the all-around and, for the second-consecutive meet, Julia Greer won the beam and floor. Cami Guyer and Cassandra Harrison placed second on floor, and Marissa Unpingco had the meet’s third-highest bars score. Guyer also finished third in the all-around.

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 173-129-1 record.

ARIZONA STATE: Arizona State (1-1) is coming off of a home defeat at the hands of the Spartans, a meet that saw the Sun Devils count at least one fall in three of four events. Despite a disappointing second-place finish at the season opener, the Sun Devils’ vault team performed exceptionally, going 49.050 after five of six gymnasts scored a 9.775 or higher. Additionally, Carissa Kraus recorded a 9.900 on bars. John Spini is in his 34th season at the helm of the Sun Devils’ program. ·

UC DAVIS: After a record-setting season opener at the NorCal Meet, in which the Aggies (2-3) earned the highest team score in a season opener, UC Davis hosted Alaska Anchorage on Monday and beat the Seawolves, 191.275-188.275. In the home opener, UC Davis swept every individual event title, with Anna Shumaker and Katy Nogaki taking the vault title, Yonni Michovska and Shumaker snagging the bars title, Tiana Montell earning top beam and floor scores, and Shumaker scoring a meet-best 38.050 in the all-around. John Lavalee is in his eighth season as the head coach of UC Davis.

WASHINGTON: No. 20 Washington (1-0) opened its season on Monday in a home dual meet with No. 14 Minnesota and posted a 195.025, 1.325 points behind the Golden Gophers. The Huskies were led by senior Aliza Vaccher, who tallied a 39.250 all-around score. Washington will look to Vaccher as a team leader, as she has advanced to the NCAA National Championship each of her three seasons. Allison Northey also competed in the all-around against Minnesota, garnering a 39.200. In her eighth season, Washington’s head coach is Joanne Bowers.

SPARTAN NOTES

ALL GREER DOES IS WIN, WIN, WIN: Senior captain Julia Greer continued to lead by example at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), winning the beam and floor titles for the second-consecutive meet. After earning the NorCal Meet’s (1/5) top spots on the apparatuses, Greer continued her dominance with a 9.825 on beam and a 9.850 on floor at No. 25 Arizona State. The wins at No. 25 Arizona State were the eighth and ninth of her career (fourth on beam and fifth on floor).

HOME GYM ADVANTAGE FOR GHER: At No. 25 Arizona State on Jan. 11, Bekah Gher was lifted to a stellar night just 45 minutes from her hometown of Surprise, Ariz. The senior captain won the all-around with a 38.850, the first all-around win of her career. She scored a 9.725 on vault and bars, a 9.750 on beam and a 9.650 on floor.

CAREER-HIGHS ABOUND IN 2014: Just two meets into the 2014 season, several Spartans have already set new career-highs. Career-best scores for junior Cami Guyer came at the NorCal Meet (all-around, 38.875) and No. 25 Arizona State (floor, 9.750). Kiley Field’s 9.725 on floor at No. 25 Arizona State was a career-best. Freshmen Kiana Gordon has opened her first season with a 9.750 on vault (No. 25 Arizona State, 1/11) and a 9.300 on beam (NorCal Meet, 1/5), and Rachel Heinl scored a career-best 9.675 on bars at the NorCal Meet.

MPSF HONORS ALREADY COMING FOR SPARTANS: Senior Julia Greer was honored as the MPSF Specialist of the Week for the weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 for her two first-place finishes at both the NorCal Meet and at No. 25 Arizona State. Senior Bekah Gher was the MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 6 after winning the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACCESS

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:

Amy Bellingham, a sophomore, competes on beam for the Spartans. At No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she earned a 9.625 on the apparatus.

Kiley Field, a junior, competes on the beam and floor for the Spartans. At the NorCal Meet (1/5), she scored a 9.650 on beam, her highest score since 2012, and at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she earned a season-best 9.725 on floor.

Bekah Gher, a senior team captain, competes in the all-around for San José State. The MPSF Gymnast of the Week for Jan. 6-12, she won the all-around at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11) with her 38.850, after scoring season-highs on vault (9.725), beam (9.750) and floor (9.650). The all-around win was the first of her career. Her season-high on bars was 9.775 at the NorCal Meet (1/5).

Hannah Gilbert, a sophomore, competes on vault for the Spartans. At No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she scored a season-high 9.725 on the apparatus.

Kiana Gordon, a freshman, competes on vault and beam for San José State. She scored a 9.300 on beam at the NorCal Meet (1/5) and a team-high 9.750 on vault at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11).

Julia Greer, a senior team captain, competes on vault, beam and floor for San José State. A two-time MPSF Specialist of the Week (weeks of Dec. 30 and Jan. 6), she won the beam and floor at the NorCal Meet (1/5) and No. 25 Arizona State (1/11). Her season-high on vault is a 9.625 (No. 25 Arizona State), a 9.850 on beam (NorCal Meet) and a 9.850 on floor (NorCal Meet and No. 25 Arizona State).

Cami Guyer, a junior, competes in the all-around for the Spartans. She placed third in the all-around at the NorCal Meet (1/5) with a 38.850, her career high, and third at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11). She earned a career-high on floor at No. 25 Arizona State with a 9.750. Her season-bests on vault (9.725), bars (9.750) and beam (9.700) came at the NorCal Meet.

Cassandra Harrison, a senior team captain, competes on vault, bars and floor for San José State. At No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), she scored season-highs on vault (9.750), bars (9.650) and floor (9.750).

Rachel Heinl, a freshman, competes on bars for the Spartans. Her season-high is a 9.625 at the NorCal Meet (1/5)

Jasmine Holmes, a sophomore, competes on floor for the Spartans. She scored a 9.275 at the NorCal Meet (1/5).

Alyssa Kaschak, a sophomore, competes on bars and beam for San José State. At the NorCal Meet (1/5), she scored season-highs on beam (9.750), her first collegiate showing on the apparatus, and on bars (9.650).

Alyssa Montalban, a junior, competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. On vault, she earned a 9.525 at the NorCal Meet (1/5) and a 9.650 on floor at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11).

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, which she also scored at No. 25 Arizona State (1/11), another team-high.