No. 20 Huskies Win Home Opener
Jan. 15, 2011
SEATTLE - In the first home meet of 2011, the Huskies were solid on all four rotations and came out victorious at Hec Edmundson Pavilion Saturday night in a Quad Meet featuring Boise State, Illinois State and Seattle Pacific.
Washington led after each rotation at 48.700 after the first, with a 97.675 after the second and a 146.025 after the third. UW finished with a 194.825, a season-high. Boise State was second at 194.575 while Illinois State was third (188.025) and Seattle Pacific came in fourth (185.825).
It was the first win for UW over Boise State in seven tries. Boise State was ranked No. 18 in the pre-season poll.
"We knew it would be a dog fight tonight with Boise and to come out with the win and the better score, that's what we were going for," said head coach Joanne Bowers.
The Huskies had a team-best score on the bars with a 48.975, placing one-two in the event, led by junior Ruby Engreitz (Kirkland, Wash.) who tied her career-high that she set last week at the Pac-10 Showcase with a 9.875. It was her second career victory on bars. Senior's Samantha Walior (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Kristen Linton (Edmonds, Wash.) tied for second with 9.800's.
Freshman Aliza Vaccher (Eugene, Ore.) competed for the first time in college on the event and posted a 9.725.
With a team score of 48.700 on the vault, the Huskies posted a new season-high total on the event. Junior Amanda Cline (Aurora, Colo.) and sophomore Lauren Rogers (Plains, Pa.) tied season-high's and for the team-high on the night with scores of 9.800. Sophomore Kylie Sharp (Herriman, Utah) made her first appearance of the season in the lineup, scoring a 9.600. Rogers and Cline tied for third at the meet in the event.
UW posted a team season-high on the beam with a 48.350. Paige Bixler (sophomore, Rowlett, Texas) had a team and season-high with a 9.800 placing second in the event. Walior also had a season-high of 9.775 to finish third. Sophomore transfer Megan Whitney (Mesa, Ariz.) performed of the event for the first time in her career, posting a 9.650.
On the floor, UW also had a season-best team score of 48.800. Bixler competed on the floor for the first time at UW, posting a 9.750, tying Vaccher for second on the team. Linton led the team with a season-high 9.850 and finished second at the meet.
Vaccher finished second in the all-around with a 38.625.
Washington will stay home and host Pac-10 foe Cal on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Hec Edmunson Pavilion.