EUGENE, Ore.—The University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team (2-0) defeated the Baylor Bears 266.775-249.265 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks dominated the Bears in the first half, sweeping every single heat in the Compulsory, Acro and Pyramid rounds. Oregon’s high score in the Compulsory round was a 9.80 out of ten in the pyramid heat. Overall, UO held the advantage after the Compulsory round 37.45-36.06.
In the Acro round, Oregon topped Baylor in all three heats and took the round 27.95-25.25. The Ducks kept rolling in the final round of the first half as they outscored Baylor in all three Pyramid heats and finished the round 28.75-27.40. At the half, Oregon led Baylor 94.15-88.70.
Coming out of halftime, Oregon continued its strong performance in the Toss round, sweeping the three heats with a high score of 9.15 in the first two heats.
The Ducks built on the energy in the building and within the team to take care of business in the Tumbling round, the most valuable round before the team routine. “Everybody builds on everybody else’s energy,” said sophomore Nicole Erlichman. We all try to build each other off. When we come off the floor with smiles and energy then the next group will feel that.”
The Bears won their only two heats of the meet in the trio pass (8.45-7.30) and the open pass (9.85-9.78) heats of the Tumbling round, but the Ducks were able to pull through and take the Tumbling round 54.08-52.53, scoring a 9.20 in the duo pass, 8.25 in the quad pass, 9.65 in the aerial pass and a meet-high 9.90 in the 6-element pass.
“Our first meet was against Azusa Pacific, and during that meet we had a lot of acrobatic wobbles and set backs that we have been working on since then,” said head coach Felecia Mulkey. “Today we came in with a lot of focus on coming out strong and giving up no points in tumbling.”
Looking to close out the meet in winning fashion, the Ducks impressed in the team routine, topping the Bears 91.60-84.74. The final score came out to 266.775-249.265
“We’re excited to get back to work and improve and focus on the next meet. We will get to a point towards the end of the year when we are just focusing on timing. That is my favorite part of coaching, seeing the advancements,” added Mulkey.
Oregon returns to action on Saturday, March 16th to take on Fairmont State University at Matthew Knight Arena. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.
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