The UCLA Bruins took another win against Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins had a team score of 197.775 and Arizona State scored a 196.125.
UCLA started on vault with sophomore Pauline Tratz leading off with a solid Yurchenko full for a 9.800. The highlight of the event came from sophomore Nia Dennis who anchored with a perfectly executed Yurchenko full and scored a 9.950. The Bruins went 49.175 on the event.
Arizona State began on bars where the team had a fantastic rotation. Junior Morgan Hart lead off with a fantastic 9.875 and sophomore Cairo Leonard-Baker finished it off for the Sun Devils with a huge 9.975. With solid performances from all six gymnasts on bars, Arizona State scored a 49.250 on the event.
UCLA went to bars and Arizona State went to vault for the second rotation with the Sun Devils leading the Bruins by a slim 0.075.
Coming off a fantastic bars rotation, Arizona State had a respectable vault rotation and scored a 48.850. This will be an event score the Sun Devils will definitely want to improve upon, and the team definitely has the potential to do so. The highest score on vault for the Sun Devils came from junior Jessica Ginn who had a 9.800.
UCLA had a flawless rotation on the uneven bars. Freshman Margzetta Frazier lead off with a near-perfect 9.925. The scores kept climbing as junior Madison Kocian delivered an amazing performance for a perfect 10.00. Junior Kyla Ross followed and anchored with a huge 9.950 and helped the Bruins earn a team score of 49.700 on bars.
The Bruins went to beam next and although there were some uncharacteristic mistakes, the team hit 6 for 6 routines with Kocian having the highest score of a 9.875.
Over on the floor for Arizona State, senior Katelyn Lentz opened for the Sun Devils but took an unfortunate fall on her first pass and was unable to finish her routine. However, the team came back strong and was able to post a pair of 9.825s from senior Kaitlyn Szafranski and Leonard-Baker.
Going into the final rotation, the Bruins lead the Sun Devils 148.125 to 146.80.
The Bruins ended their competition on the floor exercise with junior Gracie Kramer leading off and scoring a huge 9.925. The Bruins went on to score three 9.950s from Frazier, Ross, and Katelyn Ohashi whose Michael Jackson inspired floor routine went viral last week.
Over on beam, Arizona State completed their competition and had their best event of the night. Senior Anne Kuhm lead off for a solid 9.725, a score that would eventually be dropped as the scores continued to climb. The highlight score came from senior Justine Callis who went 9.925. With six hit routines, the Sun Devils went 49.325 on the event.
The competition concluded with the UCLA Bruins winning with a 197.775. UCLA’s Kyla Ross won the all around title with a 39.450 and Arizona State’s Cairo Leonard-Baker took second with a 39.400. On vault, Nia Dennis of UCLA won with a 9.950. UCLA had another victory on the uneven bars from Madison Kocian who won with a perfect 10.00. On beam, Arizona State’s Justine Callis had the highest score with a 9.925, and on floor UCLA’s Kyla Ross, Margzetta Frazier, and Katelyn Ohashi all tied for the win with a 9.950.
Next week, the Bruins will be at Stanford on Sunday evening. The Sun Devils will be hosting Utah next Saturday evening.Tags: Anne Kuhm, Arizona State, Arizona State Sun Devils, Cairo Leonard-Baker, Gracie Kramer, Jessica Ginn, Justine Callis, Kaitlyn Szafranski, Katelyn Lentz, Katelyn Ohashi, Madison Kocian, Margzetta Frazier, Morgan Hart, Nia Dennis, Pauline Tratz, UCLA, UCLA Bruins