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Ducks Finish Season Sweep of Bears on Senior Night
Release Date: 03/07/2011
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EUGENE – The nine seniors on the No. 2 Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team ended their regular season home slate with a smile as the Ducks won five of six events in a 283.518-277.960 win over Baylor at Matthew Knight Arena on Monday night.

Oregon (4-0) posted season-high scores of 29.4 in stunts and 29.0 in pyramid to cruise to the victory. UO’s 283.518 score is its second highest of the season.

The Bears narrowly edged out the Ducks in the opening stunt heat of the compulsories event, 9.83-9.82. The lead didn’t last as Oregon closed the event by winning the next three heats to take the opening event 39.11-38.72. UO scored 9.79 or higher in three of the four heats in route to its second-best compulsories total of the season.

Oregon closed out the first half with those two season-best event scores. The stunts outburst was fueled by season-best efforts from the first (9.84) and third (9.75) stunt heats and the breakout pyramid score handed gave the Ducks a comfortable 97.51-94.95 lead at halftime.

The Ducks continued to separate themselves from the Bears in the basket toss, with each heat scoring 9.65 or higher, including two 9.7 marks, to win that event 29.05-27.72.

Despite a season-low output in the tumbling event, Oregon still extended its lead by taking five of the six heats to win the event by over two points, 52.92-50.77, and put the meet out of reach.

Baylor did edge Oregon in the team routine, 104.520-104.038, to narrow a margin that was over six full points.

With the victory, Oregon keeps pace with Maryland as the only other undefeated team in the country. Prior to the meet, UO honored seniors Marly Campos, Ashley Dawson, Grace Kuo, Britta LeBlanc, Kimberly Lopez, Rali Manolova, Tori Mayard, Morgan O’Donnell and Mercedez Toles, who competed in their final regular season home meet for the Ducks.

Oregon has three meets remaining in its regular season and returns to action when it travels to Quinnipiac on March 21. UO is hosting the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling National Championships April 7-9 at Matthew Knight Arena.

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