Monday, 29 January 2018 15:13

UCLA Wins Metroplex Challenge with 197.625

Fort Worth, Texas- No. 4 UCLA remained undefeated, taking first place at the Metroplex Challenge with a season-high score of 197.625. The Bruins outscored No. 2 LSU, who took second place with a 197.375, No. 14 Washington (196.525), who placed third, and No. 28 North Carolina State (195.825), who finished fourth.

With the victories, UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field passed the 500 career victory threshold and now has 502 career wins.

UCLA sophomore Kyla Ross won the all-around with a career-high 39.7 and also won vault with a 9.925 and tied for first on bars with a 9.925.

The Bruins scored 49.2 on bars in the first rotation, coming in just behind LSU, who scored 49.325 on vault. Ross had the team’s high mark with a 9.925, Lee contributed a 9.875, and freshman Savannah Kooyman, in her competitive debut, closed the rotation with a 9.825.

UCLA took the lead after an impeccable balance beam rotation that saw Christine Peng-Peng Lee earn her second perfect 10 on beam and her fourth overall perfect 10. Ross nearly got her fifth perfect 10, scoring 9.975, and Grace Glenn scored 9.9, her second consecutive 9.9 mark. Madison Kocian and Katelyn Ohashi each contributed 9.875s to lead the Bruins to a team total of 49.625, the highest team event total by UCLA this season.

Up by .125 over LSU at the halfway mark, the Bruins moved to floor and ignited the crowd with six routines that scored 9.85 or higher. Gracie Kramer started with a 9.875, followed by a 9.85 from Sonya Meraz, 9.875 from Ross, a team-best 9.925 by Ohashi, 9.85 from Nia Dennis and 9.875 from Pauline Tratz. The Bruins’ total of 49.4 gave the team a three-event total of 148.225, two-tenths ahead of LSU’s 148.025.

With UCLA ending on vault and LSU finishing on floor, the Bruins needed a strong finish to hold off the Tigers. The last rotation turned into a Bruin stick-fest, with three-straight sticks to start. Ohashi and Dennis scored career-high 9.875s, and Ross tied her career-high with a meet-winning 9.925. Tratz earned 9.775, Napualani Hall stuck her Yurchenko 1.5 for a career-high-tying 9.9 to place second overall, and Felicia Hano closed the meet with a 9.825 for a team total of 49.4. LSU got a 9.975 from Myia Hambrick on floor, but the Tigers’ final score of 49.35 was not enough to overtake the Bruins.

UCLA, who improved to 8-0, will host No. 1 Oklahoma in Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1pm in a meet that will be televised live on ESPN.

Team Results

1) UCLA 197.625

2) L.S.U. 197.375

3) Washington 196.525

4) NC State 195.825


VAULT Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.925

2) Napualani Hall (UCLA) 9.900

3) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.875, Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.875, Sarah Finnegan (L.S.U.) 9.875, Julianna Cannamela (L.S.U.) 9.875, Sarah Edwards (L.S.U.) 9.875, Kennedi Edney (L.S.U.) 9.875


BARS Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.925, Sarah Finnegan (L.S.U.) 9.925

3) Myia Hambrick (L.S.U.) 9.900


BEAM Results

1) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 10.000

2) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.975

3) Grace Glenn (UCLA) 9.900, Hailey Burleson (Washington) 9.900, Kennedi Edney (L.S.U.) 9.900


FLOOR Results

1) Myia Hambrick (L.S.U.) 9.975

2) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.925

3) Gracie Kramer (UCLA) 9.875, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.875, Pauline Tratz (UCLA) 9.875, Sarah Edwards (L.S.U.) 9.875, Kennedi Edney (L.S.U.) 9.875, Sarah Finnegan (L.S.U.) 9.875


All-Around Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 39.700

2) Sarah Finnegan (L.S.U.) 39.550

3) Myia Hambrick (L.S.U.) 39.525

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