EUGENE, Ore.- The University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team (2-0) certainly gave the 1, 953 individuals in attendance at Matthew Knight Arena something to be excited about as the reigning NCATA champions defeated Azusa Pacific (1-1) and Quinnipiac (0-2) on Friday night.
The Ducks won the meet with a score of 285.23 while Azusa Pacific finished second with 280.73 and Quinnipiac in third with 274.62 points.
"I think the acro and tumbling events played out the way we planned, but in the toss events we could gain some points," said head coach Felecia Mulkey. "We lost three plus in the team routine, so we need to clean that up. We can chop that to nerves, but there are things we can do to slow it down and clean it up."
Through the compulsories round, UO was solid in all areas and took an one-point advantage into the acro event round.
In the acro round, during heats one and two, APU came out on top, but the Ducks nailed their release skill set to edge the Cougars, 9.30 to 9.28.
Quinnipiac and Azusa Pacific had a better showing in the pyramid portion of the meet, but due to outstanding performances in the earlier heats by Oregon, they were still leading heading into the half, 96.70 as APU was in second with 95.95 points and QU in third with a tally of 93.63 points.
In the tumbling event, an event that the Ducks had not been strong in, but focused on wanting to make great strides in that particular event during the off season, UO turned up the intensity and did not look back as the distance they created in the tumbling portion of the meet sealed the victory for Oregon.
The team routine gave the Ducks another winning score with 102.23 points and was the finishing touch to an outstanding day on the mat for Oregon.
"I could not have asked for a better meet and we will have to just top it," added Mulkey. "Our season started later this year and I didn't think it would affect me, but it did. This was good, I am glad I got this first meet under my belt."
Oregon returns to the mat against Baylor on Mar.4 at 1 p.m. at Matt Arena, which will be Senior Day for the Ducks.