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EUGENE – A familiar foe is on tap for the No. 2 Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team as it competes this weekend following a one-week hiatus.

The Ducks (2-0) face Azusa Pacific for the second-straight meet, this time in Azusa, Calif., on Saturday night. The dual begins at 7 p.m.

UO’s last competition came on Jan. 29, when it defeated APU, 283.916-271.796, at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks have posted the top two scores in the country this season and have an average score of 280.047. Oregon also has the top score in the nation in both tumbling (54.29) and the team routine (104.926).

The Cougars are coming off a successful tri-meet last weekend where they beat both Fairmont State and Quinnipiac by scoring 274.860 points. APU boasts the top score in the nation in both stunt (29.19 at Oregon on Jan. 29) and pyramid (29.75 vs. Fairmont State and Quinnipiac on Feb. 5).

Live scoring updates will be provided by the Ducks’ facebook and twitter pages (linked above). Complete results will be available following the meet on GoDucks.com.

News and Notes:

Soaring Scores – The Ducks are setting a high standard for themselves through two meets this season. UO has opened the season with scores of 276.178 at Baylor and 283.916 against Azusa Pacific, the top two scores of any National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling school this season. The next highest total in country was 274.941, which was posted by No. 1 Maryland in December.
 
Rough and Tumble – UO is off to a tremendous start in the tumbling event. The Ducks’ season-high of 54.29 against Azusa Pacific is the top mark in the country and nearly a point better than they did in their season opener at Baylor 53.41). In the previous meeting against APU, UO scored nine or higher in four of the six heats, capped by a 9.8 in the open heat. That heat score is also tops in the nation.

Chasing Perfection – Oregon had an outstanding performance during the compulsories round against Azusa Pacific. The Ducks went 9.8 or higher on all four heats, including two scores of 9.9 or higher, to finish with a season-best 39.63. The highlight of the event was a perfect 10 score in the pyramid round, only the second time any team in the nation has scored a 10 in the pyramid round.

High Praise – Oregon is entering its first season in the acrobatics and tumbling format with high expectations. The Ducks enter the season as the No. 2 team according to the preseason NCATA coaches’ poll. That position would have the Ducks seeded and receiving an opening day bye in the NCATA National Championships, which they host April 7-9.

Mulkey’s Winning Ways – Head coach Felecia Mulkey is entering her third season with the Ducks after the sport was created in 2008. Mulkey built Kennesaw State into a national power in competitive cheer during her 11-year tenure, winning two national championships and finishing runner-up on three other occasions. In Oregon’s first season, Mulkey led the Ducks to a third-place finish at the NCA Collegiate National Championships.

2011 Acrobatics and Tumbling Meet Format  – A detailed description of the new acrobatics and tumbling meet and scoring format is available on GoDucks.com. This link can be accessed all season long via the submenu at the top of the screen on the acrobatics and tumbling page.