Feb. 5, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Seventh-ranked UCLA defeated 12th-ranked Stanford, 197.250-196.450 in a dual meet at the John Wooden Center on Sunday afternoon. Samantha Peszek won the all-around for the fourth time in as many attempts, setting a new career-high with a score of 39.55.
The Bruins had to make adjustments to their lineup due to an ankle injury to Aisha Gerber on Thursday and illness striking Olivia Courtney Sunday morning, but their replacements came up big, with several even delivering career-best marks.
UCLA got off to a strong start on vault, scoring 49.475. After a 9.825 leadoff score by Kaelie Baer, Mattie Larson tied her career-high with a 9.875, and Lichelle Wong, filling in for Courtney, also tied her career-best with a 9.85. The Bruins reeled off three straight 9.9+ scores to close, with Peszek and Tauny Frattone scoring 9.9s and Vanessa Zamarripa scoring 9.95. Stanford kept close on its first event with a 49.125 on uneven bars.
Zamarripa once again led the Bruins with another 9.95 on uneven bars to lead the Bruins to a team total of 49.175. She was one of five Bruins to score season-highs on the event. Also with season-highs were Peszek (9.875), Wong (9.8), Frattone (9.775) and Baer (9.2 in her first competitive bar routine). Stanford gained some ground by scoring 49.3 on vault and cut UCLA's lead to 0.225 at the halfway mark, 98.65-98.425.
The Bruins put a bit more distance between them and the Cardinal by scoring 49.25 on beam as Stanford scored 49.0 on floor. Wong led off with a solid 9.775, and Larson added a 9.8. Baer, who came in for Courtney, scored a career-high 9.85. Zamarripa followed with a 9.825, and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs earned a meet-winning 9.9. Peszek closed the rotation with a 9.875 to give UCLA a .475 cushion going into the final event.
UCLA wrapped up the win on floor exercise, totaling 49.35. Peszek and Wong led the way with a pair of career-high 9.9s to tie for first on the event. Larson set a new career-best with a 9.875, and Alyssa Pritchett tied her career-high with a 9.875. Stanford scored 49.025 on beam to finish the meet with a season-high team total of 196.45.
"I feel great about how the team did, knowing they were without Aisha (Gerber), who was ready to come in on three events," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "And then Olivia (Courtney) got sick this morning, and that's four more routines from her that we had to replace. But it was great that we replaced them seamlessly."
Peszek remained undefeated in the all-around, winning for the fourth time this season. She has improved her all-around score in every meet in which she has competed all four events. Wong and Larson tied with Stanford's Nicole Pechanec for second place with marks of 39.325, career-high numbers for both Bruins.