AZUSA, Calif. - Oregon used its highest total score of the season to advance to the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association finals, Saturday morning at the Felix Event Center. The top-seeded Ducks (11-1) won all six events and defeated fourth-seeded Baylor, 286.600-280.295, in the semifinals, keeping its four-peat aspirations alive.
The Ducks used five perfect 10 scores and were only docked half a tenth of a point on pyramid, proving its merit as the tournament’s top-seed. After winning six event titles on Thursday, head coach Felecia Mulkey’s Ducks have now posted two of its top three scores of the season in the team competition of the NCATA National Championship. Oregon defeated eighth-seeded Alderson Broaddus, Friday to reach the semifinals.
The Ducks will meet either second-seeded and hosts Azusa Pacific or third-seeded Quinnipiac in the finals. The NCATA National Championship meet will take place at 7:30 p.m. (PT) tonight. The Cougars and Bobcats’ semifinal meet begins at 12:30 p.m. today.
“They showed up ready,” said head coach Felicia Mulkey. “I think we had five well-deserved perfect scores, and we were only half a tenth away from a perfect score on the entire pyramid event. Our girls were relaxed and confident, and I’m really proud of the team. They were phenomenal.”
Oregon used a 38.95-38.50 advantage in the compulsory round to take an early lead. UO used scores of 9.8 in acro, 10 in pyramid, 10 in toss and 9.15 in tumbling to beat the Bears in the event.
The Ducks shined in the pyramid event, using two perfect 10 scores to take a season-best 29.95 on the event. Baylor stayed close in the event, posting a 29.5. Oregon led by 1.3 points at halftime.
The toss event also went down to the wire, with Oregon posting a 29.4-29.2 advantage. UO earned heat scores of 9.85, 9.7 and 9.85 in the event.
For the second straight meet, Oregon posted a 58.45 in tumbling - its highest score on the event this season. Most Outstanding Athlete Award winner Nicole Erlichman scored a perfect 10 on her six-element pass for the third time this season and for the second straight meet. UO was also led by a 9.9 in the open pass and a 9.8 in the aerial pass.
With Oregon leading by just under two points entering the final event, the Ducks used a near-flawless team routine to clinch the victory. The Ducks scored a 100.05 to edge the Bears by over four points on the event.
Baylor closes its season with a 3-5 record with three losses coming at the hands of top-ranked Oregon. The Ducks have won three consecutive NCATA National Championships, and will go for the four-peat tonight at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The meet will be live streamed, for a fee, at the following link.