San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State travels to Sacramento for its first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) meet of the season against the Sacramento State Hornets. Arizona State is also competing in the 7:00 p.m. meet at the Hornets Nest.
Competing against three nationally-ranked opponents, #6 Stanford, #18 Illinois, and #19 Arizona, the Spartans finished fourth overall with a 192.550. The bars and beam teams saw improvements in their total score from the NorCal Quad meet on January 4.
Cassandra Harrison, who earned season-highs in vault (9.725) and bars (9.650) at the Arizona Quad, was voted by her teammates as the Gymnast of the Week. The junior captain discussed her performance at the Arizona Quad. "I had a good meet and I feel like I helped the team a lot," she said. "To be recognized was really cool and I really appreciated the honor. It motivates me to do better every week and do what I can to help out the team."
Freshman Marissa Unpingco also had a strong showing at the Arizona Quad. She recorded a career- and team-high 9.800 on bars. "My first two meets have been really exciting and a lot of fun," she said. "I personally still have room for improvement, particularly in form, my landings, and positioning on bars."
Sacramento State had a convincing 194.500-188.475 victory over Seattle Pacific in the first home meet of their season Friday night. WAC Gymnast of the Week Kalliah McCartney earned a 39.400 in the all-around to win the event, as well as the vault, beam, and floor titles. Nicole Meiller's 9.900 on bars was the senior's personal best.
Arizona State may have lost their season-opening meet to #6 Oklahoma, but there were plenty of positives the Gym Devils were left with. Natasha Sundby's 9.875 on vault was the best of her career, while three gymnasts recorded at least a 9.750 or better on beam.
LIVE STATS: Live stats for the meet are available by going to http://www.hornetsports.com/sports/wgym/schedules/index.asp.
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TICKETS: Tickets are now on sale for all home meets this season at The Event Center box office. Seating is General Admission at The Event Center, located on the corner of San Carlos and Seventh Streets. Prices are $5 for Adults, $3 for Youth 12-and-under, and free for San Jose State students with a valid Tower ID. Groups of 20 or more can pay the Youth price of $3 if tickets are ordered by the last business day prior to the meet.
Tickets are available at the door. All doors to the facility open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to every home meet. The Event Center is located on the corner of Seventh and San Carlos Streets on the San Jose State campus. Fans can park on campus in the Fourth Street Garage. A parking permit can be purchased in the garage for $5.00.
SPARTAN GYMNAST NOTES:
Amy Bellingham earned a 9.475 score on vault in her first meet as a collegiate at the NorCal Quad meet.
Kiley Field competes on beam and floor for San Jose State. She recorded a 9.625 on beam in her first meet of the season at the NorCal Quad meet and earned a 9.575 in her first collegiate floor outing.
Bekah Gher competes on vault, bars and beam for the Spartans. She finished with team-highs on beam at the NorCal Quad (9.775) and the Arizona Quad (9.800). Her highest bars score of the season is a 9.650, and she earned a season-high 9.675 on vault at the Arizona Quad.
Hannah Gilbert competes on vault for San Jose State. Her best score of the season came in her collegiate debut at the NorCal Quad, where she scored a 9.700.
Julia Greer is the Spartans' best floor performer this season. She won the floor title at the NorCal Quad meet with a score of 9.825, and recorded a team-best 9.700 at the Arizona Quad. She also competed on beam at the Arizona Quad, where she recorded a 9.725.
Cami Guyer is the lone Spartan to compete in the all-around this season. At the NorCal Quad, she finished her first-career all-around with a second-place finish. She notched career-highs in the vault (9.800) and bars (9.600) and, in her first try since joining the Spartans, finished with a 9.575 on floor for a total all-around score of 38.600. She saw a .675 improvement to her all-around score at the Arizona Quad, which was a fifth-place finish.
Cassandra Harrison has competed on vault, bars, and floor this season. She earned season-highs in vault and bars at the Arizona Quad, scoring a 9.725 on vault, a 9.650 on bars. Her 9.625 on floor at the NorCal Quad was a 2013 best.
Jasmine Holmes competes on vault and floor for the Spartans. She made her collegiate debut at the NorCal Quad meet with a 9.775 score on vault, the second-best score on the Spartans. Her 9.675 at the Arizona Quad on vault was also a second-best on her team, and she earned a 9.475 in her first-collegiate floor showing.
Alyssa Kaschak recorded a 9.575 on bars at the NorCal Quad meet, her inaugural collegiate meet, a score she matched at the Arizona Quad.
Victoria Lark competed in her first-career meet at the NorCal Quad meet, where she earned a 9.500 score on floor.
Tauny Shearer performs on beam for the Spartans. She earned a season-best 9.750 on beam at the NorCal Quad meet.
Alyssa Telles-Nolan competes on bars and floor for the Spartans. Her 2012 best on bars came at the Arizona Quad, when she recorded a 9.775, and she recorded a season-best 9.625 on floor at the NorCal Quad meet.
Marissa Unpingco performs on bars and beam for San Jose State. She scored a career- and team-high 9.800 on bars at the Arizona Quad, and earned a career-best 9.675 on beam at the NorCal Quad meet.
UP NEXT: The Spartans compete against Sacramento State again next Friday, January 25, at 7:00 p.m. in The Event Center.