EUGENE – With the first meet under its belts, the No. 2 Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team will be on display for the fans twice this week.
The Ducks (1-0) are slated to perform at halftime during Thursday night’s women’s basketball game against Stanford at Matthew Knight Arena. That display will serve as valuable preparation for their dual showdown against Azusa Pacific on Saturday night (7 p.m.).
UO opened its season with a 276.178-262.162 victory at No. 4 Baylor. The Ducks jumped out to an early lead in the opening compulsories event and closed out the win by claiming both the tumbling and team routine events at the end.
Azusa Pacific is the lone team in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association that has not competed in a dual this season. The Cougars were tabbed fifth in the NCATA preseason coaches’ poll.
Saturday’s meet will be streamed live on the O-Zone and live results will be provided on the Ducks’ facebook and twitter pages (linked above). Complete results will be available on GoDucks.com following the competition.
News and Notes:
Big Opener – The Ducks set a high standard for themselves after their win at Baylor. UO’s score of 276.178 is the highest score that has been posted by any NCATA school this season, besting No. 1 Maryland’s 274.941 mark it put up in December. In fact, no other team in the country has scored over 270 points in its season opener.
Rough and Tumble – UO did its best work in the season-opener during the tumbling event. With Baylor gaining ground, the Ducks won five of the six heats in the round to gain much needed breathing room in the win. Oregon scored over nine (out of a maximum of 10 points) in three of the heats with a 9.05 in the six element heat, a 9.27 in the double heat and a 9.35 in the open heat.
Cloud Nine – Another strong event for the Ducks in their season-opener was the meet opening compulsories round. The Ducks scored nine (out of 10) or higher in all four heats and went 9.7 or better in three of them to post an impressive 38.22 in the opening event last Sunday.
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.
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