Jan. 15, 2012
UCLA won its second-straight dual meet, taking down Cal in Berkeley on Sunday afternoon, 196.675-192.55, thanks to 49.5+ team scores on vault and beam. Redshirt junior Vanessa Zamarripa provided the highlight of the competition, scoring a perfect 10 on vault.
Zamarripa, the 2010 NCAA vault champion who sat out all of 2011 with a ruptured Achilles tendon, showed she was back in a big way, recording her fifth career perfect 10 on vault in just her second meet back. Zamarripa wasn't the only Bruin to merit a 10 from at least one judge; Samantha Peszek also recieved a 10 from one judge on vault and a final score of 9.925, tying her career-best.
UCLA had a slim lead after the first rotation, 48.975-48.850. Zamarripa led all competitors with a 9.9 but was one of just two Bruins, along with Olivia Courtney (9.8) to score higher than 9.7.
The Bruins quickly increased their lead to over a point in the second rotation, however, blasting a season-best 49.575 on vault, the sixth-highest mark in school history. Senior Kaelie Baer set a new career-high with a leadoff mark of 9.875. Mattie Larson scored 9.85, followed by 9.925 from Courtney, 9.825 from Tauny Frattone, 9.925 from Peszek and 10.0 from Zamarripa.
The third rotation proved to be problematic for UCLA once again, with the Bruins having to count a fall on floor exercise. The Bruins' first three competitors hit, with Aisha Gerber providing a leadoff score of 9.825, followed by a 9.8 from Frattone and a 9.9 from Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs. The back half of the lineup had trouble, however, with both Lichelle Wong and Larson suffering falls between Peszek's 9.825. Cal had even more trouble on their third event, however, scoring just 47.2 on the beam and falling over 2.5 points behind the Bruins going into the final rotation.
UCLA bounced back on balance beam in the final rotation, scoring 49.55, thanks to four scores of 9.9 or higher. Gerber got UCLA off to a great start, earning a leadoff mark of 9.9. Frattone followed with a 9.7. Both Wong and Larson showed resilience in coming back from their earlier mistakes on floor, with each scoring career-high marks on beam - 9.925 for Wong and 9.875 for Larson. Hopfner-Hibbs and Peszek closed with 9.925s to give UCLA its highest beam score since scoring 49.65 at Georgia on Mar. 6, 2010.
Zamarripa won both events on which she competed, taking first on vault and uneven bars. Hopfner-Hibbs also won both of her events, winning balance beam (tied with Wong and Peszek) and floor exercise (9.9). Peszek scored a career-high matching 39.45 to win the all-around for the second-straight meet.