#10 UCLA Gymnastics Earns First Road Win Against Arizona; Takes on BYU at Home
After a ten-day break, the UCLA gymnastics team is back on the mats today in Pauley Pavilion.
This afternoon, the #10 UCLA gymnastics team will host the #11 BYU Cougars at Pauley Pavilion at 2 pm PT.
Ten days ago, the UCLA gymnastics team headed to Arizona for their first road meet, and defeated the Wildcats, 196.750-195.075.
In the first rotation, UCLA was on bars and had five of their six scores come in at 9.725 or higher, with Chae Campbell leading off the event with a 9.750. Sara Taubman once again came in with a solid score at 9.725 while Savannah Kooyman notched a 9.825. After Frida Esparza fell during her dismount, Margzetta Frazier earned an event-winning 9.9. Pauline Tratz closed the event with a 9.775. After one event, the two teams were even at 48.975.
In the second rotation on vault, UCLA put some distance between the teams, scoring a season high 49.225. Tratz led off with a 9.800 and Kendall Poston and Frazier each followed with a slightly higher 9.825. Nia Dennis appeared in her first event and earned a 9.875 while Campbell closed the vault with an event winning 9.900. At the halfway mark, UCLA was up on Arizona, 98.200 to 97.050.
On floor, the Bruin dance party was on fire once again with two scores of at least 9.9. Sekai Wright made her season debut with a 9.5. Emma Andres followed and earned a 9.675 with 0.10 deducted for a step out. Then came Tratz with a clutch 9.875. Frazier lit up the floor with a 9.9 while Campbell continued her solid run at the all-around with a 9.85. Dennis closed the event with another viral-worthy and event-winning 9.95, making sure that UCLA was able to maintain a solid lead, 147.450-145.900.
On beam, UCLA stood above the rest, bringing in three scores of 9.9 and higher. Frazier led off with a 9.6 and Poston built some momentum with a 9.725. Esparza recovered from the fall on the bars by scoring a 9.9 and Dennis followed by earning a solid 9.8. Campbell brought home an impressive 9.925 and, once again, Samantha Satki won the beam title with a 9.95. The final meet score saw the Bruins on top, 196.750 to 195.075.
Today, UCLA takes on the BYU Cougars at home in Pauley Pavilion. BYU is coming off a season-high 196.825, beating #15 Southern Utah University. The Cougars earned scores in every event north of 49.000, making them the toughest opponent UCLA has faced so far this season. Additionally, BYU scored a season-high 49.35 on beam, which ranks as the No. 6 beam total in BYU gymnastics history. UCLA definitely has some stiff competition today, but there is no doubt they can deliver and build on the momentum from their last two meets.
#10 UCLA Gymnastics (2-0)
Opponent: #11 BYU Cougars
When: 2:00 pm PT, Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Live Stats: uclabruins.com