AZUSA, Calif- Only 1.075 points separated the winner, No. 3 Quinnipiac University Bobcats, from the No. 6 Hawai'i Pacific Sea Warriors on Friday evening in the NCATA National Quarterfinals. The Bobcats were able to pull off a 280.74-279.665, win over Hawai'i Pacific at the Felix Event Arena. With the win, Quinnipiac advances on to the NCATA National Semifinals on Saturday, April 26 for the second consecutive year.
On the evening the Bobcats took three of the six events, Compulsory, Toss and Tumbling. The Sea Warriors captured the Acro, Pyramid and Team events.
Challenged from the start, Quinnipiac and the No. 6 team went neck and neck through out the evening. The Bobcats opened strong taking the compulsory event from Hawai'i Pacific 37.70-37.35. As the two teams went into the Acro event, trailing .35 points behind Quinnipiac, the Sea Warriors would take the next two events easily and take the lead. The Bobcats would trail going into the half, by just .8 of a point, 96.45-95.65.
Out of halftime, the Bobcats would look to make their mark as they began the second half. Quinnipiac quickly regained focus and powered through the Toss event to mark a season high in the open toss heat with a score of 9.95. Junior Christine Rochester (Waterford, Conn.), sophomores Kayla McCormack (Hanson, Mass.), Brittney Kusimerski (Omaha, Neb.) and Brooke Artz (Whitman, Mass.) and freshman Kelsey Rule (Kendall Park, N.J.) put Quinnipiac in the drivers seat to win their second event of the evening, 28.95-25.20. Despite their triumph, the Bobcats would still trail overall 125.20-124.60 behind Hawai'i Pacific.
With the events dwindling down, the tension only grew with the tumbling and team events left on the night. In the tumbling event, each team would exchange heats until the Bobcats hit their stride. In the quad tumbling heat, sophomores Demitra Germanakos (Massapequa, N.Y.), Stephanie Amaral (Stoughton, Mass.), and McCormack along freshman Allee Tallman (Farmington, N.Y.) posted their season's best score of 9.10. Junior Jenna Quenneville (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) in the aerial heat and freshman Tallman with the six-element pass would back the team up in the remaining heats to bring the Bobcats the needed event victory to put them ahead of the Sea Warriors, 181.95-180.575.
AS the tension boiled going into the team event, Hawai'i Pacific would not be rattled. They performed their season's best team routine with a high score of 99.09. Quinnipiac would try to follow suit and luck was on their side, the the Bobcats would score 98.79 in the team event, leaving them with a final score of 280.74, to the Sea Warriors, 279.665.
With the win, the Bobcats improve to 6-2 on their 2014 season, while Hawaii Pacific caps off their inaugural season at 1-6. Hawaii Pacific also marked a season best in scoring with 279.665 points to finish the 2014 season.
The Bobcats continue their journey to the NCATA National Semifinals tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, at 12:30(PDT). They will face the winning team of No. 2 Azusa Pacific and No. 7 Gannon University. The winner of the Semifinals will advance to the Championship later that evening.
|No. 6 Hawaii Pacific||No. 3 Quinnipiac|
|Compulsory||Total: 37.35||Total: 37.70|
|Team||Total: 99.09||Total: 98.79|
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