Feb. 8, 2013
UCLA Returns Home for Quad Meet
Fourth-ranked UCLA (4-0) hosts 25th-ranked Washington (4-5), UC Davis (6-5) and Sacramento State (2-5) on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2pm in Pauley Pavilion.
Tickets for the meet are on sale now at the UCLA Central Ticket Office and at Ticketmaster for $12 reserved/$8 GA (adults) and $10 reserved/$5 GA for youth (16 and under). UCLA students are free with ID. Fans who purchase general admission tickets online to this or any remaining home meet by midnight Saturday will receive a special discounted price of $2. Visit uclabruins.com/tickets to buy now.
Sunday's quad meet will be internet broadcast live on pac-12.com. Live stats and an audio broadcast can be found at uclabruins.com. Follow @uclagymnastics on Twitter for in-meet updates.
Fan-Friendly Format Change
For the first time, UCLA will host a quad meet during which all routines will be performed one-at-a-time rather than having all events run simultaneously. This is being done in an effort to allow fans to see all routines. As such, the meet is expected to run half an hour longer than a regular dual meet.
Power of Pink
The Bruins will be supporting and promoting breast cancer awareness at this meet by wearing new pink-accented leotards. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the meet, and the first 400 fans in attendance will receive a pink UCLA Gymnastics t-shirt, courtesy Elite SportZ Band. Additionally, pink pom poms will be available to the first 500 fans.
In The Rankings
UCLA remained at No. 4 in the national rankings with a season average of 196.719. The Bruins rank No. 1 on floor, No. 6 on uneven bars and balance beam, and No. 7 on vault.
Vanessa Zamarripa ranks No. 1 in the nation on balance beam (9.9) and floor exercise (9.95), No. 2 in the all-around (39.608), No. 7 on vault (9.9) and No. 13 on uneven bars (9.863). Olivia Courtney ranks No. 11 on floor (9.888), No. 19 on vault (9.881) and No. 21 in the all-around (39.225). Two Bruin freshmen rank in the Top 25 on beam - No. 6 Danusia Francis (9.881) and No. 25 Sophina DeJesus (9.838). Alyssa Pritchett ranks No. 8 on floor (9.894).
Last Time Out
Senior Vanessa Zamarripa scored her seventh career perfect 10 on vault to help lead No. 4 UCLA to a 196.925-196.200 victory at No. 11 Stanford on Saturday. Zamarripa won the all-around with a season-high-tying score of 39.675 and also won the vault and floor exercise. Freshman Danusia Francis won the balance beam with a career-high-tying 9.925. The Bruins trailed after one rotation but grabbed the lead in rotation two on the strength of Zamarripa's 10.0 and maintained it with solid performances on floor and beam.
About The Opponents
Washington is the Bruins' highest-ranked competitor in the quad meet, checking in at No. 25. The Huskies scored a season-high 196.025 in their last meet to upset Arizona. UC Davis also hit a season-high last weekend, earning 194.125 in a win over Seattle-Pacific. Sacramento State's season-high is 194.500, and sophomore Kalliah McCartney holds a season average of 39.169 in the all-around.
Zamarripa, Francis Earn Pac-12 Honors
Vanessa Zamarripa earned her third Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award this season, while Danusia Francis received her first-ever Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Week honor after their standout performances in the win at Stanford. Zamarripa scored her seventh career perfect 10 on vault and won the all-around with a season-high-tying 39.675. She also won the floor exercise with a 9.925 and placed second on uneven bars (9.85) and balance beam (9.9). Zamarripa's perfect 10 was the first 10 in the nation this season on vault and only the second 10 on any apparatus thus far. Francis won the balance beam for the third consecutive meet, scoring 9.925 at Stanford to tie her career-best. She ranks sixth in the nation on beam with an average of 9.881 and has Top 3 finishes on beam in all four meets
UCLA to Host 2013 NCAA Championships
UCLA will host the 2013 NCAA Championships in Pauley Pavilion on Apr. 19-21. This will be UCLA's fourth time hosting the NCAAs. The Bruins won the national title the last time they hosted in 2004, scoring an NCAA record 198.125. UCLA also previously hosted in 1998 and 1984. Tickets for the Championships are on sale now at uclabruins.com/tickets.