The weather is surprisingly nice for this time of year and the Boise State women's tennis team will take advantage of it, moving their matches against #33 Utah and Montana from indoors to the beautiful Appleton Tennis Center outdoors.
Boise State and Utah will take to the courts at noon Saturday while the Bronco-Grizzly match begins at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Ciera Perkins scored a brilliant 9.875 on floor for Boise State tonight. She is the only Bronco so far to have three scores of 9.8 or better, showing her teammates what has to be done for Boise State to jump to the next level. If Ciera had a beam score tonight, she'd have a great all-around score. Since the Broncos did not score well on the beam, Perkins may want to add that event to her repertoire.
#14 Ohio State, the team ranked two spots ahead of Boise State in the national gymnastics rankings, performed like a team that wants to make Nationals--the Buckeyes scored 196.925 tonight in beating Kent State.
The team right in front of Boise State in the national gymnastics rankings, Auburn, scored a 196.7 tonight. The Broncos need to pass at least four teams to have a chance to make Nationals. Doesn't look like Boise State will do it tonight.
Not only did Boise State have sub-9.8's on beam, but a 9.1, a 9.675, a 9.725 and a 9.750. This means a 48.750 team score. The Broncos still above a 196 pace but just barely. They have 147.025 after three rotations. Utah State with a 147.625.
Aside from the initial 9.750, the rest of the Boise State gymnasts scored well and the team did better on bars than on vault. Lindsay Kazandjian scored a 9.825, followed by Caitlin Mann with a 9.875, Kelsey Black with a 9.80, Ciera Perkins scored a 9.850 and Brittany Potvin-Green an even 9.8.
Black gets the Broncos started on the bars in the second rotation. Utah State struggling a bit on vault. But Boise State should have one thing on their minds and that is 9.8 individual scores and 196 team scores.
Amanda Otuafi, Ciera Perkins and Brittany Potvin-Green have come through for Boise State with scores of 9.85, 9.825 and 9.90, respectively and Kelsey Morris finished with a 9.8. No Amy Glass again for the Broncos. Unfortunately, the Broncos are going to have to count one of those sub-9.8 scores. They get a 49.125--we'll see if that will be enough to score 196.
Utah State doing fairly well with 38.925 on the bars with one competitor left. If Boise State slips too much more, the Aggies are going to be right there to take advantage.
UPDATE: Utah State scored 48.825, very respectable.
The young Broncos continue to struggle as Kelsey Black (9.750) and Caitlin Mann (9.5) have completed their vault routines. The Broncos have just a few weeks to tighten things down and move up in the rankings before the postseason. And, as we found out last year, if you're not in the Top 12 by Regionals, you aren't going to be given the scores you need to qualify for Nationals. That's not the way the system works.
The Bronco softball team opened the weekend in Tempe, Arizona in a big way, defeating Howard 16-1.
Kenzie Cole pitched a complete-game three-hitter as Boise State opened the ASU Tournament. Christina Capobianco clobbered two home runs and drove in three in a 2-3 performance to lead the Bronco hitters. Holly Bourke hit a grand slam and Ashley Collier also homered. Jordan Krieger went 2-3 for the Broncos.
Boise State, 10-6 on the season, faces Arizona State tonight at 7.