March 1, 1999
CAL ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
Cal remains on the road this week, as the Bears travel to southern California for the third annual Bruin Classic. The competition, hosted by 11th-ranked UCLA (10-4) takes place on Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. In addition to UCLA, Cal will also do battle with Kentucky (6-5) and Michigan State (11-7). UCLA has dominated the all-time series with Cal, 1-14. In fact, the Bears have not beaten the Bruins since March 2, 1985 when Cal knocked off UCLA, 178.40-177.60.
MOST RECENTLY: 2-FOR-1
Cal is coming off a two-meet weekend. The Bears opened leg one of their road trip at No. 8 Arizona State Friday in the Uno's Classic and came away with a 189.550-187.825 victory over Illinois State. Unfortunately, Cal wasn't quite as successful against the Sun Devils, as ASU topped the Bears, 189.550-195.875. Cal also fell to Denver, which took second place with 193.475 total points. The Bears top performances were turned in by Lindsay Baker, who placed third on vault (9.750) and Helene Kenny, whose 9.775 on the bars was also good enough to take third. Cal, which competed only seven gymnasts at its four-way competition at Nebraska due to injury, struggled to a fourth place finish (188.850). It was a close, tough competition for the first place slot, with Nebraska coming out on top with a total score of 195.725. Arizona State grabbed second with 195.250 points and Maryland came in third, 195.200.
At the UCLA Invitational, the Bruins won the first place title (194.275). Arizona tailed the Bruins by over a point (192.575) for the second place, Florida took third place (190.475) and Cal State Fullerton finished last (187.375). The Bruins made a clean sweep at the competition. UCLA junior, Lena Degteva won the all-around (39.250), and first on bars (9.850), beam (9.775) and floor (9.825). Kiralee Hayashi tied for first on bars (9.850) and Heidi Moneymaker and Luisa Portocarrero tied for vault (9.850). Last week Kentucky lost against No.1 Alabama 194.925-196.875. The GymKats are heading for a home meet versus No.2 Georgia on March 5 and the Bruin Classic on Sunday March 7. Michigan State won the Fox Run Invitational (193.775) over New Hampshire (192.400), Texas (190.750) and Ball State (188.950).
KHOURY DUE BACK:
Junior Leila Khoury re-strained her hip flexor last week and was unable to compete all-around in either of the weekend meets. In fact, Khoury didn't compete at all at Nebraska. At ASU Khoury participated in on only three events (vault, bars, beam). Prior this weekend, Khoury had competed all-around in 18 consecutive meets, including all six to date in 1999. She is expected back in the Cal lineup at this week's Bruin Classic
Head coach Trina Tinti is in her second season with the Golden Bears and has a career record of 12-19. Prior to coming to Cal, Tinti was the assistant women's gymnastics coach at the University of Minnesota for five years. Joining the Cal staff for his first season is Peter Doyle, who for the previous five seasons was an assistant at George Washington University. After suffering a career-ending injury during the off-season, former Cal gymnast, Jennifer Bialosky joins Tinit's staff as a student assistant coach for 1999.