Harrison Has Career Night For Spartans

Sacramento, Calif. - Cassandra Harrison placed second in one event and third in another at San Jose State's first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) meet of 2013 at Sacramento State versus the Hornets and the Arizona State Sun Devils Friday night.

San Jose State finished the meet in third with a 192.525 and now has a dual-meet record of 2-6.

"We knew coming in to the meet that it was going to be competitive," said head coach Wayne Wright. "We had to come here and not have any mistakes. We had some mistakes in some of our big routines that we needed to make. But we stayed in the meet and did the best we could."

The Spartans kicked off the meet with a strong showing on bars. Each member of the bars team scored a 9.525 or higher, with three matching or posting season-highs. Cassandra Harrison led San Jose State with a 2013-best 9.725.

Bobbles and falls plagued San Jose State's second rotation on beam, and the team recorded a season-low 47.775. Freshman Marissa Unpingco led the team with a career-high 9.725.

Harrison, again, led the Spartans in their next rotation on floor. The team scored a 48.225, its best of the season. A quality routine that ended with Harrison pumping her fists in the air in celebration, she earned a career- and team-high 9.800 and placed third in the event. Cami Guyer also posted a career-high in the event, recording a 9.675.

San Jose State finished their evening on vault and, for the third time tonight, Harrison earned the best score on the Spartans. Her 9.825 matched a career-high and was the second-best score of the evening.

"Tonight, the team energy was super high and that really helped me," Harrison said. "It was a great night for me and I hope that it pushes the team to follow suit."

"I was really happy for Cassie," said Wright. "She hit three-for-three tonight and she hit them big. Once you start off doing well and get that confidence, you finish with a bang. Right before she went on vault, I said, 'Cass, you are on. Let's finish this thing big,' and she did."

Guyer was the lone Spartan to compete in the all-around and placed third with a 38.275. 

The Spartans return to The Event Center on Friday, January 25, where they will face Sacramento State, for the third time this season, in a dual meet at 7:00 p.m.

Wright discussed what his team needs to do differently next week. "We need to be more consistent about what we are doing," he said. "We need to stick with a game plan and have confidence in it."