Red Rocks Upset By Cal For First Loss Of Season
SALT LAKE CITY – The third ranked Utah Red Rocks suffered their first loss of the 2022 season, falling to Cal 197.525-197.275 on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Rocks struggled in certain areas and despite holding a slim lead heading into the final rotation, Cal was able to pick up the upset win.
Andi Li won the all-around with a score of 39.650.
Utah started on bars, while Cal began the meet on vault. Amelie Morgan was the standout with a 9.925. Maile O’Keefe picked up a score of 9.90, while both Sage Thompson and Cristal Isa each pulled a 9.875. Grace McCallum fell off the bars during her routine and finished with a 9.150.
The Golden Bears were led by Nevaeh DeSouza with a 9.950. Nina Schank finished with a score of 9.90, along with a 9.850 from Maddie Williams and Andi Li.
Cal had a very small lead heading into the second rotation, 49.350-49.300.
The Red Rocks moved over to vault, while Cal was on bars in the second rotation. Jillian Hoffman started things off strong with a career-high 9.90. Jaedyn Rucker had an outstanding vault with a 9.975.
Leading Cal was Andi Li with a 9.950. Gabby Perea and Maddie Williams each picked up a 9.90.
Midway through the meet, Cal held a 98.800-98.675 lead heading into the final two rotations.
Utah went to the floor, with the Golden Bears going to beam on the third rotation. Abby Paulson started things off with a strong 9.90. Jaedyn Rucker picked up the same score as the third gymnast in the rotation. Sydney Soloski nearly pulled off a perfect 10 but ended up with a career-high tying 9.975.
For Cal, Nevaeh DeSouza and Andi Li each led the way with a 9.90. Maddie Williams chipped in a 9.850.
Heading into the final rotation, Utah had a 148.200-148.000 lead.
In the final rotation, the Red Rocks were on beam, while Cal was on the floor. Maile O’Keefe nearly scored a perfect 10 but settled for a 9.925. Amelie Morgan had a 9.90. Cristal Isa fell on her beam routine, which sealed the win for the Golden Bears.
Andi Li scored a 9.950 to lead Cal. Maya Bordas, Nevaeh DeSouza and Nina Schank all picked up a 9.90.
The Red Rocks dropped their record to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in Pac-12 play. They will return to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to face Oregon State on Friday, February 18 at 6 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 Network.
Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.
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