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DuBois Sees Good in Cal's Defeat to Cardinal

By Lauren Bachelis
Contributing Writer
Monday, February 25, 2008
Category: Sports > Winter > Gymnastics (Women's)

Last week, Cal women's gymnastics coach Cari DuBois said that she wanted her team to focus on the little things instead of anything major.

When asked how she thought her team executed on Sunday, DuBois proudly remarked, "I said I wanted to focus on the little things and if we did that the bigger picture would play out, and that's exactly what happened."

Even though the Bears (2-6, 0-6 in the Pac-10) fell 197.375-193.100 to No. 7 Stanford (6-4, 2-1) at Burnham Pavilion, DuBois was more than pleased with Cal's performance, especially considering that the Bears got their best score of the season.

"We improved," DuBois said. "We had some outstanding performances on every event."

Cal may have done great individually, but it was no match for the Cardinal, who also put forth its best score of the season. Stanford senior Liz Tricase marked an astounding 9.950 in vault, which was the highest score in the entire competition.

However, the Bears succeeded on vault as well. Senior Siobhan Luce hit a 9.825. Luce competed in a new type of vault, so her success made DuBois very proud.

"I competed the half-twisting vault, so that was a highlight," Luce said.

Cal's positive spirit built up from the first event. The Bears received their highest event score of the day in bars, grabbing a 48.850, with freshman Nassim Mirreghabie and sophomore Sophia Hocini each posting a 9.725, their personal bests.

"We started out really strong on bars," Luce said. "Everyone hit their routines, so that was just really a morale booster. Our vaults were also really nice. We just really had fun today and showed off our floor routines and finished well on beam."

Other teammates struck their coach's attention on Sunday as well. Senior Keiko Nakamura and junior Bridgette Glass both put up scores of 9.825 on beam.

"That is the best beam we had ever seen Keiko do in her collegiate competitive experience so far," DuBois said. "So I was really excited for her."

The freshmen went in strong and also competed quite well, continuing their constant contribution to the team's overall performance. Freshman Avery Gee scored a 9.825 on floor-one of seven scores of 9.8 or higher for Cal.

"Everyone went in and attacked their routines and performed them successfully," DuBois said.

"We set all these goals as a team throughout the week at practice about what we wanted to accomplish at the competition (against Stanford). And I felt like we really went in and we focused on Cal as a team and went after the goals we had set and achieved them."


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