PHILIPPI, W. Va. -- Competing for the second time in as many days, the Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team improved its team score and remained undefeated on the season. The Ducks (8-0) defeated Alderson Broaddus, 282.250-251.250, Tuesday at the Rex Pyles Arena.
Tallying a team score above 281 in three straight meets, the Ducks have extended their win streak to 28 meets. In pursuit of a fourth straight NCATA National Championship, Oregon is now two meets away from closing the regular season undefeated for a fourth-straight season.
Head coach Felicia Mulkey she was pleased with her team’s performance tonight and said she is encouraged by their recent improvements.
“We were able to go out and improve on some of the mistakes that were made last night,” said Mulkey. “Our goal is to continue and improve and clean up the little things. I’m impressed with the team’s consistency in pyramid and team event, and our toss event continues to improve.”
The Ducks are yet to lose an event this season, and jumped out of the gates with a strong compulsory round for the second straight meet. UO tallied a 38.300 on the event with its highest score coming in the pyramid with a 9.95.
Led by a 9.80 in the first heat, the Ducks outscored the Battlers 29.050-27.600 in the acro event.
Oregon increased its team lead after the pyramid event to nearly seven points with 97.050 points at halftime, its second-highest point total in the first half this season. The Ducks tallied a 29.700 in pyramid with scores of 9.90, 9.95 and 9.85.
Three steady tosses gave UO a 29.100 on the event, beating the Battlers by nearly two points. Oregon’s best mark came in heat three with a 9.80.
In the duo pass, Oregon nearly tallied with a perfect score with a 9.90 before going on to collect 58.300 points in the tumbling event. UO’s six-element pass also scored a 9.95.
Mulkey said that sophomore Chandler White impressed, competing in pyramid heat one, acro seven-element, toss heat three and the team routine.
“Chandler has been consistent for us in acro, pyramid, toss and tumbling,” said Mulkey. “She had a good meet again tonight, and her heats are producing some of the highest scores for us.”
Oregon will close its spring break trip, competing for the third time in a span of six days, at Baylor on Saturday. The Ducks and Bears will get underway at 4:30 p.m. (PST) in Waco, Texas. The Ducks close the regular season on April 7 against Azusa Pacific in Azusa, Calif.