Jan. 18, 2002
BERKELEY - No. 13 California (2-0) edged No. 24 Oregon State (0-2) in the Bears' home opener, 193.250-193.125, Friday night at the RSF Fieldhouse in front of 750 fans. Tonight's victory for Cal, was just its second win over the Beavers in 26 meetings all-time.
Performing the all-arounds for the first time in her career, sophomore Karissa Chock won the event, scoring a 39.050 to edge out OSU's Jerra Lopez (38.525). Freshman My-Lan Dodd participated in the all-arounds for the second consecutive meet, tallying a 38.100 to place fourth overall in the competition.
The Bears jumped out to a quick start as they swept the top three spots on the vault in their first rotation. Chock led the way with a 9.875, Dodd came in second, earning a 9.850 and junior Janet McKnight collected a 9.825.
Freshman Sheilah Buack, performing on the floor exercise for the first time in her young collegiate career, tied for the top spot with OSU's Jerra Lopez, with a 9.875.
Oregon State countered in the first rotation with a great performance on the uneven bars, also taking the top three places in that event.
The Beavers were only down 145.800-145.300 heading into the fourth and final rotation, and made the competition even more interesting as they rallied to score a 47.825 on the beam. The Bears scored a 47.450 on the floor, but OSU's come back fell just short as Cal won by .125.
Unfortunately for the Bears, even with the win, they lost a key member of the squad when sophomore Katreece Stone went down with an injured Achilles' tendon as the last competitor in Cal's last event Friday night. She is likely to miss the rest of the season.
The Bears next travel to the Pacific Northwest when they take on Seattle Pacific and Washington Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, respectively. Cal faces the Falcons Friday at 7 p.m. and the Huskies Sunday at 1 p.m.
Women's Gymnastics Result
RSF Fieldhouse, Berkeley, CA
Team Scores: 1. California 193.250, 2. Oregon State 193.125
Bars: 1. Elizabeth Jillson (OSU) 9.900, 2. Jerra Lopez (OSU) 9.875, 3. Lindsay Nelson (OSU) 9.850