The No. 5-ranked Quinnipiac Acrobatics & Tumbling team hosts its first National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association meet of the season against No. 2-ranked Oregon on Monday, Mar. 21 at 6 p.m. at the TD Banks Sports Center.
"We look forward to hosting Oregon this coming weekend," said head coach Mary Ann Powers. "Oregon is one of the top programs in the country and is a proven leader in the sport of acrobatics & tumbling. Our team has shown exceptional focus during these last few weeks of practice and I envision a very competitive afternoon between both teams."
Oregon, which is one of only two remaining undefeated teams in the country, is coming off its fourth victory of the season with a 283.518-277.960 over Baylor on Monday, Mar. 7. The Ducks posted season-highs in their stunt and pyramid events, compiling scores of 29.4 and 29.0, respectively. The Ducks had distanced themselves from the Bears by halftime, heading into the locker rooms with a 97.51-94.95 lead. Oregon continued to extend its lead in the next two events, defeating Baylor in the basket toss (29.05-27.72) and tumbling (52.92-50.77) events. Baylor took the final event ofthe evening, the team routine, with a 104.520- 104.038 team victory.
Last Time Out
In Quinnipiac's last meet on Saturday, Feb. 5, in which the Bobcats faced No.6-ranked Azusa Pacific and No. 5-ranked Fairmont State, the Bobcats finished third out of the three teams with a combined total score of 265.14. Azusa (274.86) and Fairmont State (273.52) each scored higher on the afternoon, in what was the first tri-meet of the season for the Bobcats. Despite being down at halftime, with a score of 91.61 (compared to Fairmont State's 95.62 and Azusa Pacific's 97.77), the Bobcats came out with a renewed sense of urgency in the second half. Freshman Trisha Pierce (Middletown, Pa.) led off the first event of the half, the basket toss, with the highest mark in the third heat, scoring a 9.60 out of a possible 10 points. Quinnipiac finished with the second-highest score in the event, with a 27.40.
Senior Erin Trotman (Bristol, Conn.) led Quinnipiac in the Tumbling event by scoring a team-high 9.20 out of a possible 9.50 in her open tumbling pass. In addition to Trotman's open tumbling pass, the duo and trio heats both had increased starting values compared to Quinnipiac's previous meet against Fairmont State. In the tumbling event overall, the Bobcats accumulated a 48.74.
About Acrobatics & Tumbling
The acrobatics & tumbling format revolves around a 2 to 4 team competitive meet. Within one meet are six events: Compulsories, Stunts, Pyramids, Baskets, Tumbling, and Team Routine. Everything is competed in a head to head format, alternating from one team to the next. Scores will be displayed in real-time in order to inform both the teams and spectators as to which side is ahead. All skills have a pre-determined difficulty value and are scored solely on execution during the meet.
Senior Day Saturday
Following Monday's matchup, Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, March 26 when it hosts its final head-to-head matchup of the
season against No. 1-ranked Maryland.