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UCLA defeated California, 196-575-195.550
Bruins Conquer Beam, Bears, 196.575-195.550
By: UCLA Athletics

Berkeley, Calif. - UCLA bounced back after a disappointing performance a week ago, defeating California in Berkeley, 196.575-195.550. The Bruins clinched the meet in the final rotation, scoring a season-high 49.050 on beam. Senior Olivia Courtney secured the win with a season-high 9.875 on beam on the team's last routine and won the all-around with a score of 39.425.

The Bruins started the meet by scoring a season-best 49.3 on uneven bars, led by Hallie Mossett's career-high 9.9. Courtney contributed a 9.875, and Sydney Sawa and Sophina DeJesus each scored 9.85.

Moving on to vault in the next rotation, the Bruins scored 49.15 thanks to Courtney's meet-high 9.9, Sawa's 9.875 on a stuck vault, and a 9.85 from Sadiqua Bynum. Armed with a 98.450-97.925 lead at the halfway mark, the Bruins held serve by scoring 49.025 on floor to Cal's 49.000 on beam. Two out-of-bounds penalties and some short landings hurt the Bruins' final score, but they received a meet-high 9.925 from Sawa and 9.9 from Angi Cipra to keep them ahead.

Leading 147.525-146.975 going into the last event, UCLA finished on beam, which has been its nemesis this season. The Bruins started the rotation with two strong routines, each going for a career-high. Ellette Craddock led off with a 9.825, followed by Mossett's 9.875. After DeJesus earned a season-best 9.775, Cipra had a fall on a side aerial but an otherwise good routine, scoring 9.3, and Danusia Francis was dinged on start value for breaking the connection on her sideways side aerial to full-twisting dismount, scoring 9.7. With California posting strong scores on floor, Courtney's came up in the anchor position needing to hit her routine, and she did just that, sticking her double back dismount to score 9.875 and secure the win for the Bruins.

"I thought we got better on every event," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "We're making small improvements, and we're starting to really identify our depth. It was a good step forward for us."

UCLA (2-2) will return home to face Arizona State on Saturday at 12:30pm in Pauley Pavilion.

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