Feb. 12, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
Coming off a two-week break, the No. 10 Stanford women's gymnastics team (7-2) returns to action against No. 25 Arizona State (2-4) Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
The meet will be Stanford's debut on the Pac-12 Networks with a tape-delayed broadcast, which will air on Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon.
What: Dual Meet vs. Arizona State
When: Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.
Follow the Action: Live updates will be posted on the Stanford women's gymnastics Twitter page (@StanfordWGym) and live stats will be available through www.gostanford.com.
The meet will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon. Click here to find out if you get the network and what channel it is on in your area.
Cardinal Update: In its most recent competition, Stanford dropped a hard-fought meet on Feb. 2 against No. 4 UCLA, 196.925-196.200, in its first home contest of the season. The Cardinal recorded a season-high score on balance beam (49.325) and saw terrific all-around performances by Ivana Hong (39.550) and Ashley Morgan (39.425).
It was Stanford's first regular-season Pac-12 loss in six meets, dating back to Feb. 24, 2012 at then-No. 5 Utah (196.300-196.100).
Stanford Top 25 in Three Events: Along with being ranked No. 10 overall, the Cardinal is ranked in the NCAA top 25 in three of four events. Stanford is fifth on balance beam (49.060), 11th on vault (49.170 avg.) and 14th on uneven bars (48.900 avg.).
Stanford has scored higher than all nine opponents on beam this year, scored higher than eight of nine on vault and seven of nine on bars.
Cardinal to Watch
Ivana Hong - The sophomore All-American is coming off a career-best performance in the all-around, scoring at least a 9.875 on all four events. She finished first on uneven bars (9.875) and second on vault (9.900), balance beam (9.900) and floor exercise (9.875).
At Stanford's previous meet at California (Jan. 26), Hong scored a career-best 9.925 on beam for a first-place finish.
Hong ranks third in the nation in the all-around (39.550 avg.) and balance beam (9.888 avg.), 16th on floor (9.875 avg.) and 25th on vault (9.875 avg.).
Ashley Morgan - The senior captain has been one of Stanford's most consistent performers and has either matched or increased her all-around total in four consecutive meets. Morgan continued to thrive against UCLA, contributing scores of 9.825 or higher on all four events and earning second-place finishes on beam (9.900) and floor (9.875).
Morgan has also been one of Stanford's most durable competitors, competing in all five meets and in 19 of 20 possible events.
Morgan claimed three individual titles against Cal, finishing first on vault, floor exercise and the all-around. The All-American had an outstanding meet, tying her career-best on vault (9.925), recording a new season best on floor (9.925) and tying her season best on uneven bars (9.850).
Morgan's was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 21-27. It was the second Gymnast of the Week honor of Morgan's career and marks Stanford's 23rd selection all-time and first this season.
She ranks 22nd in the nation in the all-around (39.250 avg.) and 25th on floor (9.863 avg.).
Pauline Hanset - The sophomore continued to deliver strong performances against UCLA with a career-best vault of 9.875 for a third-place finish and a 9.875 on floor, finishing third.
Prior to UCLA, Hanset had a great week contributing scores at Georgia and Cal. She began the week at Georgia by leading the Cardinal on floor and tying her career-high score of 9.875 - good for a third-place finish. Hanset also tied her career best on beam with a 9.750 and tied for the third-highest Stanford score on vault (9.800) at the meet.
Hanset continued to deliver at Cal by setting a new season high on vault with a 9.825, good for third place. Hanset also tied for Stanford's third-highest score on floor with a 9.775.
Amanda Spinner - The junior All-American has been a staple for Stanford on beam, helping the team remain undefeated on the event. Spinner produced a 9.875 against UCLA for a fifth-place finish. She has scored a 9.825 or higher in four of five meets on the season.
Spinner finished first with a career-high performance on balance beam at Georgia (9.925) and continued to thrive on the event at Cal, posting a 9.825 for a third-place finish. She is ranked 16th in the nation on the event with an average of 9.850.
Kristina Vaculik - The 2012 Canadian Olympic gymnast had a strong meet against UCLA finishing second on bars (9.850) and posting a 9.825 on beam. Vaculik has competed in the two events in all five meets this season and has also made two lineups on vault and floor.
Shona Morgan - The junior from Melbourne, Australia has been one of Stanford's most consistent performers. She contributed scores on all three of her events against UCLA, including a 9.825 on beam, 9.800 on bars and 9.725 on floor.
Against Cal, Morgan scored a season-best 9.850 on bars and finished third on floor with a 9.875. She also delivered a solid routine on balance beam, good for a 9.800.
Nicole Dayton - The senior captain has been strong on vault this season with three individual titles in five meets. Dayton's three individual titles this season exceed her total during the entire 2012 season (two). She is ranked 24th in the NCAA on the event with an average score of 9.875.
Melissa Chuang - The freshman has established herself as a strong competitor in the vault and floor lineups, contributing scores in all five meets for the Cardinal this season.
Chuang recorded a pair of 9.825 scores at Georgia on vault and floor exercise. Her score on floor was a new career best.
Chuang followed her consistent performance at Georgia with impressive routines at California, scoring 9.825 on vault and 9.775 on floor. The freshman has never scored lower than a 9.750 on any event this season.
Saturday's Opponent: Arizona State
This Season: Arizona State is coming off a 196.300-195.450 loss to conference opponent No. 6 Utah. The Sun Devils have lost three consecutive meets, each against top-25 programs, despite strong showings with scores of 195.450 or higher in each competition.
The Sun Devils are led by a strong group of underclassmen including sophomore Brianna Gades and freshmen Stephanie Miceli, Carissa Kraus and Erin Hamister. The Sun Devils have been strongest on beam and are currently ranked 19th in the nation.
The Arizona State Series: Stanford last saw Arizona State at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships in Los Angeles, with the Cardinal defeating the Sun Devils, 196.825-194.550.
In its last dual meet on March 9, 2012, Stanford was victorious at Arizona State, 196.475-194.975. The Cardinal scored a then-season high on beam (49.350) with Ivana Hong, Amanda Spinner and then-senior Amanda Brown all scoring 9.900 or higher.
Stanford is 25-1 against Arizona State since 2002 and has won 20 consecutive meets dating back to 2004.
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