Athletics News

Jan 10, 2018

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OPENING PASSAnother battle against a nationally-ranked opponent looms for the Sacramento State gymnastics team. Just four days after taking on 11th-ranked Cal and 18th-ranked Stanford at the NorCal Classic, the Hornets will welcome No. 18 Washington to The Nest on Friday, Jan. 12.The meet will be the home opener for Sacramento State this season and will also serve as Kids Day. All children 12 and under will receive free admission to the meet.Following the competition, Hornet gymnasts will be signing autograph posters. Friday night’s meet will also be the annual Parents Meet. Sacramento State gymnasts will be joined by their parents for march-in.Those that cannot attend the meet can follow live stats on as well as a free video stream on Pluto.TV.OPPONENT PREVIEWWashington has yet to compete this season. The Huskies will have a quick turnaround as they compete on Sunday in Reno against Utah, UCLA and Stanford.The Huskies finished last season ranked eighth in the nation, their best finish since 1997 and second-best finish ever.  All-Americans Hailey Burleson (all-around) and Madison Copiak (bars) return, as well as all-Pac-12 Conference honoree Joslyn Goings (beam).  Kristyn Hoffa (floor), Zoey Schaefer (beam), Malory Rose (beam), and Haley Roy (vault) are also back after winning individual events for UW in 2017.Washington is coached by Elise Ray-Statz who is in her second season. Ray-Statz made an immediate impact last year, earning Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Huskies to the NCAA Championships for the first time in 20 years. Ray-Statz competed at Michigan and was a member of team USA which won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.UW leads the all-time series against the Hornets, 17-0. The Huskies will be making their first appearance in The Nest on Friday. The teams last met in Seattle in 2015 but the majority of …

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