AZUSA, Calif. - The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team earned its second-best team score of the season in a quarterfinal rout of Alderson Broaddus, Friday at the Felix Event Center. After claiming six event titles yesterday, top-seeded Oregon opened the team competition of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association National Championship with a blistering performance.
The Ducks won all six events and defeated the Battlers, 285.050-266.450, to advance to the semifinals. In pursuit of a fourth straight NCATA National Championship, Oregon led the entire way through and tallied its best score since a 286.100 on March 16.
“We’ve been working in different areas to pick up a few points here and there and I thought that showed, but we still have room for improvement,” said head coach Felecia Mulkey. “I was proud of our tumbling event, and we had a few new additions in acro that scored well.”
With a decisive 38.45-35.80 advantage, Oregon took an early lead through the compulsory rounds. The Ducks scored a perfect 10 in the toss heat followed by a 9.9 in pyramid, 9.55 in acro and a 9.0 in tumbling.
The Ducks also won the second event, 29.05-28.15, fueled by a strong seven-element score. All-American Chandler White, Zakia Houston, Shelby Armstrong and Sydnee Walton earned a 9.80 in seven-element. UO scored a 9.55 in five-element and a 9.70 in six-element.
Oregon posted its best pyramid score of the season and outscored the Battlers in all three heats. The Ducks used a 9.9 in the first two heats and a perfect 10 in the last heat to tally a 29.8 on the event and lead, 97.30-93.40, midway through the meet.
Outscoring the Battlers in two-of-three heats, Oregon posted a 29.05 in the toss event and extended its lead to over six points. The Ducks earned scores of 9.6, 9.65 and 9.8.
The Ducks were dominant in tumbling and all but guaranteed themselves a victory by outscoring Alderson Broaddus, 58.450-51.55, in the event. All-American and Most Outstanding Athlete Award winner Nicole Erlichman scored a perfect 10 in her six-element pass. UO also received a 9.6 in the duo pass, 9.45 in triple, 9.7 in quad, 9.775 in aerial and a 9.925 in the open pass.
The Ducks closed the meet with a bang, scoring a 100.250 in their team routine to clinch the quarterfinal victory.
Oregon will now take on fourth-seeded Baylor in the semifinals on Saturday. Action will get underway at 10 a.m. at the Felix Event Center. The Bears advanced today by defeating Fairmont State, 276.920-267.170. Oregon defeated Baylor twice during the regular season.