No. 7 UCLA blasts No. 19 San Jose St.
Bruins record season’s highest team score so far
LOS ANGELES -- No. 7 UCLA put together its most complete performance of the year, scoring a national season-best 197.575 to defeat San Jose State by more than four points on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins recorded no score lower than 9.825 and had season-bests on bars (49.4) and floor (49.4).
Samantha Peszek won the all-around for the third consecutive meet, recording a career-high 39.5, and the Bruins swept the event titles. Tauny Frattone won the vault (9.95), Olivia Courtney and Aisha Gerber recorded 9.9 scores to tie for first on bars, Peszek won beam (9.9) and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs won floor with a 9.95.
UCLA had a great start on vault, racking up five scores of 9.875 or higher to total 49.5. Kaelie Baer started with a 9.8, followed by a 9.875 from Hopfner-Hibbs and a 9.9 on a stuck vault by Courtney. Frattone also stuck another vault, scoring 9.95 for the second time in three meets. Peszek earned 9.875 and Vanessa Zamarripa closed with a 9.9. San Jose State scored 48.125 on uneven bars, led by Thomasina Wallace’s 9.85.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 7 UCLA 197.575, No. 19 San Jose St. 193.200|
|No. 14 Stanford 195.925, Wash. 195.725|
The Bruins continued their high scoring on bars in rotation two. After a 9.8 leadoff by Monique De La Torre, Gerber delivered a 9.9 and Mattie Larson contributed a 9.875. Peszek earned 9.85, followed by a 9.875 by Zamarripa.
Courtney closed the rotation with a 9.9 to tie with Gerber for first place on the event. San Jose State, meanwhile, scored 48.375 on vault, led by a 9.725 from Cassandra Harrison.
UCLA earned five 9.8-plus routines on beam in the third rotation to score 49.275. Gerber kicked things off with a 9.825, followed by a 9.875 from Lichelle Wong. A 9.825 by Zamarripa, a 9.85 by Hopfner-Hibbs and a meet-high 9.9 by Peszek ensured that the Bruins wouldn't have to count a fall.
With San Jose State scoring 48.575 on floor, led by Wallace's 9.8, the Bruins opened up a 148.175-145.075 lead heading into the final rotation.
With a 197 team score well in sight, the Bruins were strong on the floor exercise, producing six routines each scored 9.775 and higher. Gerber started with a 9.775, and Frattone and Wong produced back-to-back 9.85 scores.
With the momentum building, Courtney and Peszek each recorded marks of 9.875 to push UCLA well over 197, and Hopfner-Hibbs closed with a 9.95. The Spartans finished up on beam with a score of 48.125, with high marks going to Wallace (9.825) and Julia Greer (9.775).