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Aggies post season-high in win over Air Force

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Headline: Aggies post season-high in win over Air Force

Kicker: Yamamura takes first in all-around

By GRACE SPRAGUE

Aggie Sports Writer

The Aggies continued their hot streak on the road with what coach John Lavallee called another set of outstanding performances.

UC Davis used the energy from its Causeway Classic win last week to earn its third straight win. The Aggies posted a season-high score of 191.575 to the Falcons’ 185.300 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dual against Air Force on Saturday.

“It was very encouraging to come back after the high from Sacramento State last week to win another road meet,” Lavallee said. “Our team does a great job of figuring out what it is we need to accomplish. We’re really happy with where we are right now.”

Freshman Katie Yamamura won the all-around for the first time with 38.475 points. She hit all four events and placed second on vault with 9.600 points. She finished just behind junior teammate Marcy Miller on beam with a tally of 9.775.

Lavallee was pleased with the rest of his team’s effort on the individual routines as well.

The Aggies posted a total of 48.175 on balance beam, more than three full points higher than the Falcons.

“We had a breakthrough day on beam,” Lavallee said. “And we had the best vaulting that we’ve had in a couple of years.”

Miller helped the Aggies on both routines, placing first on balance beam with a score of 9.800 and third on vault with 9.550 points.

It was also Miller’s collegiate debut in the all-around.

“I’ve been training for all four events my entire career at UC Davis,” Miller said. “To finally get the opportunity to compete in the all-around was awesome.”

Miller finished third in the all-around with a final tally of 38.000, just ahead of senior teammate Tanya Ho, who had 37.900 points.

Ho’s performance marks her fourth consecutive all-around finish. She placed second on both floor exercise and uneven parallel bars with scores of 9.650 and 9.600, respectively. Ho also tied for third on vault with a score of 9.550.

Other top performances came from seniors Lida Gehlen, Kendall McCann and Christine Tao. Gehlen took first on uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.850 while McCann placed third with 9.575 points. Tao posted a tally of 9.725 on beam, good for second place.

The Aggies return to action against Seattle Pacific on Friday as part of “Beauty and the Beast,” where they’ll share the Pavilion with the UC Davis wrestling team.

GRACE SPRAGUE can be reached at sports@theaggie.org. XXX

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