Jan. 12, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 2 UCLA upended No. 5 Utah in a dual meet on Saturday evening in Pauley Pavilion, scoring a national season-best 197.425, while Utah scored 195.300. UCLA senior Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around with a 39.675 and captured first place on three events, winning uneven bars with a 9.975, tying for first on balance beam with freshman teammate Olivia Courtney on floor exercise with a 9.950.
UCLA (2-0) had a great start to the meet, scoring a season-high 49.3 on vault. Sophomore Sydney Sawa earned a 9.8. Senior Kaelie Baer tied her career-high with a 9.875, and Zamarripa tied her season-best with a 9.825. Utah (0-1), meanwhile, struggled on bars in its season opening meet, counting two falls and scoring 48.075.
UCLA kept things going on bars in rotation two with a 49.275, led by Zamarripa's career-high tying 9.975 to close the rotation. Senior Lichelle Wong tied her career-best with a second-place mark of 9.9, and sophomore Mattie Larson tied her season-high with a 9.875 to tie for third. The Utes rebounded from their first rotation struggles to score 49.250, led by Tory Wilson's meet-high tying 9.9.
The Bruins did not let up on balance beam, scoring a season-best 49.3. Baer led off with a 9.775, followed by a season-high 9.85 from Larson. After Sophina DeJesus' career-best 9.825, Zamarripa and Danusia Francis closed with back-to-back 9.925s to push the Bruins ahead by nearly a point and a half heading into the final rotation.
UCLA put on a show on floor exercise to finish the meet, tallying a season-high 49.550, with five of the six competitors scoring career-highs. McDonald tied her career-best with a 9.85. Sophomore Alyssa Pritchett set a new personal best with a 9.925, and Zamarripa and Courtney closed with a pair of 9.95s, with Courtney's score matching her career-best.
"What surprised me tonight wasn't that we hit our routines, but the sticks that we had, especially on vault and balance beam dismounts," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "Normally, our history is that we don't start sticking until the last part of the season. For them to come out and do that and have so many sticks was great."
The Bruins have next week off and will resume competition on January 25 at Arizona State.