Jan. 25, 2013
Fourth-ranked UCLA won its third consecutive dual meet to start the season, defeating Arizona State on Friday night in Tempe, 196.375-195.600. The Bruins scored a season-high 49.35 on vault and had four gymnasts record season-highs on balance beam.
UCLA had just a two-tenths lead after the first rotation after scoring 48.925 on uneven bars while the Sun Devils scored 48.725 on vault. The Bruins were led by Vanessa Zamarripa's 9.825 and a pair of 9.8 scores from Olivia Courtney and Sophina DeJesus. Danusia Francis and Mattie Larson added scores of 9.75.
The Bruins increased their lead in rotation two, however, by blasting a season-high 49.35 on vault, with all six vaulters scoring 9.8 or greater. Dana McDonald started the set with a 9.85. Monique De La Torre, competing in front of a hometown crowd for the first time in her career, followed with a season-high-tying 9.825. Competing for the first time on vault since 2010, Alyssa Pritchett tied her career-high with a 9.8. UCLA closed with a 9.875 from Courtney, a 9.85 from Kaelie Baer and a season-high 9.95 from Zamarripa.
Up by three-quarters of a point at the halfway mark (98.275-97.525), UCLA had a few struggles on floor exercise that led to a team score of 48.925. The Bruins maintained their lead, however, as Arizona State scored the same mark on balance beam. McDonald led the Bruins off with another strong leadoff routine, scoring 9.85, but was followed by a 8.975 from Sadiqua Bynum after a fall on her last pass and a 9.5 from Sydney Sawa, who stumbled on her last pass. Pritchett and DeJesus helped to right the ship, however, scoring back-to-back 9.875s, followed by a 9.825 from Courtney.
UCLA finished strong on beam in the final rotation, scoring 49.175. Baer provided a season-high 9.8 leadoff score. McDonald made her first-ever appearance in the beam lineup and scored 9.7. Lichelle Wong added a season-high 9.85, and DeJesus and Francis each scored 9.875s before Larson closed with a 9.775.
Bruins won three of the four events, with Zamarripa claiming first place on vault and bars and DeJesus and Francis tying for first on beam.
UCLA will next compete at No. 10 Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 pm in a meet that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.