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No. 2 Ducks Defeat Bears in Season Opener
Release Date: 01/23/2011
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WACO,Texas – The No. 2 Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team opened its season on a high note with a 276.178-262.162 victory at Baylor on Sunday.

UO (1-0) built a large lead early before winning the final two events to earn the victory.

A Baylor fall in pyramids gave Oregon an early lead in the compulsories round, 38.22-30.05. The Ducks scored above a nine on all four heats and went 9.7 or higher in three of them. The highlight of the event was a 9.8 in the basket toss heat.

Despite the fall, the Bears gained ground on the Ducks by claiming the stunt event, 29.12-26.99, and the pyramid event, 28.65-28.2, shaving nearly three points off Oregon’s lead. Even with the rally, the Ducks went into halftime with a 93.41-87.82 lead.

Baylor inched closer by taking the basket toss, 28.42-28.17, going into the two highest scoring events. The Ducks responded to the added pressure by outscoring the Bears in five of the six heats to claim the tumbling event, 53.41-49.91.

“Overall, we’re excited for the win,” head coach Felecia Mulkey said. “It was our first meet of the year and there are some areas we can improve. Even after the fall in compulsories, Baylor was gaining on us. We needed to nail our tumbling round and we had some outstanding performances there. Brittany Hart mastered a tumbling pass two days before we left and she hit today when we really needed it, Erin Block scored well in the six element heat and Kelsey Rowell followed with a 9.35 to really help us pull away.”

The Ducks closed out the meet by taking the team routine, 101.188-96.012.

Oregon competes in its first home meet of the year on Saturday when it hosts Azusa Pacific at Matthew Knight Arena.
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