Acrobatics & Tumbling Travels To Face Azusa Pacific, Baylor And Fairmont State This Weekend

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 - 10 a.m.

No. 3 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-1) vs.

No. 6 Azusa Pacific Cougars (0-1)
No. 4 Baylor University Bears (1-2)
No. 5 Fairmont State Falcons (0-2)

Cougar Dome - Azusa, Calif.

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac Acrobatics & Tumbling team travels to Azusa, Calif. this weekend to face National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association opponents No. 6 Azusa Pacific, No. 4 Baylor, and No. 5 Fairmont State on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.

"I am hoping the team can adjust to some necessary strategy to raise our difficulty values, especially in the basket toss and pyramid rounds," said Head Coach Mary Ann Powers. "I have asked a lot from freshman, Trisha Pierce (Middletown, Pa.), who will have significant presence in every round of play. Junior captain, Erin Trotman (Bristol, Conn.), continues to raise the bar in both our pyramid and tumbling events. She has added difficulty to both her standing and running tumbling passes. Erin is relentless in finding ways to contribute to our overall score, whether in individual heats or the team routine."

About Azusa Pacific
In its opening head-to-head matchup of the season against No. 2 Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 29, Azusa was thumped 283.916 - 271.796. The Cougars did well in the compulsories, scoring a 39.24 (compared to Oregon's 39.63) and outscored the Ducks in the stunt round, winning 29.19 - 29.19. Azusa began to fall behind beginning with the pyramid portion of the afternoon, as Oregon won the section 28.65 - 26.85. The Ducks added to their lead in the final three events, outscoring Azusa 27.32 - 26.32 in the basket toss, 54.29 - 47.54 in the tumbling round, and 104.926 - 102.656 in the final team routine event.

About Baylor
The Bears enter the weekend with a 1-2 record on the season. After winning its first head-to-head matchup of the season against No. 5 Fairmont State on Friday, Dec. 3, 265.601 - 252.977, Baylor has lost its last two meetings against No. 1 Maryland on Sunday, Dec. 5, 274.941 - 271.181, and No. 2 Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 23, 276.178 - 262.162.

Against Oregon, Baylor fell behind early, losing 38.22 - 30.05 in the compulsories, but responded by winning the next three events in the stunt (29.12 - 26.99), pyramid (28.65 - 28.2), and basket toss (28.42 - 28.17). The Bears lost the final two events, tumbling and team routine, 49.91 - 53.41 and 96.012 - 101.188, respectively.

About Fairmont State
The Falcons have started the season losing its first two matchups against both Quinnipiac and Baylor. After being picked as pre-season No. 3, the Falcons have slipped to No. 5 overall and look to rebound from both of its close losses.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac is coming off its first win of the season against then No. 3 Fairmont State. The Bobcats won the first event, compulsories, 39.58 - 39.15, but lost the next two events, stunt and pyramid, with scores of 25.51 - 26.082 and 27.20 - 28.225. Quinnipiac responded by winning the basket toss portion of the afternoon, 26.4 - 26.17, but fell in the tumbling portion, 49.44 - 53.35. Quinnipiac took the team routine, 96.174 - 90.402 to complete the impressive comeback, winning with an overall score of 264.304 - 263.379.

The upset victory over Fairmont State came a day after a close loss to No. 1 Maryland, 265.208 - 267.031, in which the Bobcats scored a perfect 27.45 in the pyramid event. The Bobcats also defeated Maryland in one of the most important events of the afternoon, the team routine, with a 94.676 - 91.558.

"Against both Maryland and Fairmont early in the season, the team stayed focused on one event at a time," said coach Powers. "They need to do the same this weekend."

Up Next
Following Saturday's matchups, Quinnipiac returns to action on Monday, March 21 when it hosts its first head-to-head matchup of the season against Oregon.