Feb. 10, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team hopes to extend its winning streak over Cal to 25 with a victory over the Golden Bears in a double-dual with the Stanford and Cal men's teams, at Haas Pavilion on Sunday at noon.
Stanford (4-2) is coming off its best performance, in a loss at UCLA last week, and continues to improve as the team grows healthier. Cal (4-2) is much improved under first-year Danna Durante and appears to be on the way to turning around a program that once featured All-America Kristen Smyth, in her 11th season as Stanford's coach.
What: No. 12 Stanford (4-2) at No. 42 Cal (4-2)
When: Sunday, noon
Where: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley
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Also: Men's gymnastics Sunday at Haas Pavilion at noon:
No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 1 Oklahoma, and No. 7 Cal
National Rankings: Stanford is No. 12 in the nation, based on its 195.450 scoring average. Individually, Nicole Pechanec is seventh on floor (9.888) and 16th all-around (39.288), Ashley Morgan is 17th on floor (9.869), Nicole Dayton is 21st in vault (9.875). As a team, Stanford is eighth on bars (49.019), 13th on beam (48.594), 14th on vault (48.963), and 17th on floor (48.875).
Road Trip Continues: Stanford is on the third leg of a five-meet road stretch. The Cardinal has traveled to Pac-12 opponents Oregon State and UCLA, and will continue next week at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, and a conference dual at Utah. Stanford returns home for a Senior Day meet against Cal and Arizona on March 4.
Vault: Lucy Meyer, Pauline Hanset, Ashley Morgan, Ivana Hong, Nicole Dayton, Alex Archer.
Bars: Rebecca Wing, Nicole Dayton, Samantha Shapiro, Shona Morgan, Ashley Morgan, Nicole Pechanec.
Beam: Rebecca Wing, Ivana Hong, Ashley Morgan, Shona Morgan, Amanda Spinner, Alyssa Brown.
Floor: Nicole Dayton, Rebecca Wing, Jenny Peter, Shona Morgan, Pauline Hanset, Ashley Morgan.
What to Watch: Among the storylines for Stanford are these:
Amanda Spinner, a sophomore from Danville, Calif., is expected to make her collegiate debut after undergoing a series of knee surgeries over the past three years. She made an exhibition appearance on beam two weeks ago at Oregon State, but next will compete for real.
Freshman Ivana Hong, a former U.S. elite national champion on vault and beam and a 2008 Olympic alternate, is expected to compete in both events.
Ashley Morgan is expected to compete in the all-around. She is looking to assemble four mistake-free routines, which would undoubtedly place her among the conference leaders.
Freshman Rebecca Wing has become a rock for this year's team through her consistency and poise. The 2008 Olympian leads off on bars and beam, and is second in the lineup on floor.
Alyssa Brown scored 9.925 two weeks ago in Corvallis, using her new beam routine. Her score remains Stanford's best this season. She'll anchor the beam lineup on Sunday.
Nicole Pechanec is scheduled to compete in only one event when she anchors the bars lineup. The senior has invented a release move that she has used in competition several times in the past two seasons.
Last Week: Nicole Pechanec tied for first in floor exercise and scored her career-high in the all-around to help No. 12 Stanford to its season-high score in a 197.250-196.450 loss to No. 10 UCLA at the John Wooden Center. Stanford eclipsed 196 for the first time in four meets this season and earned team high scores on the vault and floor. Pechanec had two of Stanford's four 9.9 scores on way to a runner-up finish in the all-around, with 39.325 points.
Sunday's Opponent, Cal: The Golden Bears are 4-2 after earning consecutive victories against UC Davis along with a win over Seattle Pacific the past two weeks. In its last meet, Cal scored a 193.275, led by a score of 49.150 on the uneven bars. The mark was the Bears' first score of 49 or better on the bars since March 16, 2008.
The Cal Series: Stanford has a 24-meet winning streak in the series. The last time Cal beat Stanford was in the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, when Cal was fifth and Stanford sixth. In duals, Stanford holds a 17-meet winning streak. Cal's last dual victory was March 29, 1996 in Berkeley, 194.1-193.05. In all-time dual meets, Stanford holds a 32-15 lead. But in all meets, Stanford is 33-1 in their past 34 meetings.