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EUGENE – A rare Monday night meet dots the schedule to open the final month of the regular season for the No. 2 Oregon Acrobatics and Tumbling team.
The Ducks (3-0) host Baylor at Matthew Knight Arena for their final regular-season home meet on March 7 at 7 p.m. Monday’s meet is also senior night and Oregon will honor Marly Campos, Ashley Dawson, Grace Kuo, Britta LeBlanc, Kimberly Lopez, Rali Manolova, Tori Mayard, Morgan O’Donnell and Mercedez Toles.
Oregon and Baylor clashed in the Ducks’ season opener in Waco, Texas on Jan. 23. Oregon jumped out to a big lead in the compulsory round and closed the meet by winning the tumbling and team routine events in a 276.178-262.162 win.
Since that meet, the Ducks have defeated Azusa Pacific on two occasions and set a new bar with nation-leading scores in the basket toss (29.22) and tumbling (54.29) events. Oregon also has the nation’s highest overall score, a 283.916 against Azusa Pacific on Jan. 29. When breaking down some of the events by heat, UO is tied for first in the nation in compulsory basket (10) and is tops nationally in the open basket toss (9.75) and open tumbling pass (9.95).
Baylor is 1-4 on the season and has lost four straight. The Bears boast the nation’s top score in compulsory basket (10), compulsory tumbling (9.96) and the duo basket toss heats (9.82). Monday night’s meet will be its final of the regular season before the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association National Championships at Matthew Knight Arena April 7-9.
Live scoring updates will be provided via the Ducks’ facebook and twitter pages. Complete results and a recap will be available on GoDucks.com following the meet.
-Monday night is part of Oregon’s Pack Matt promotion. Fans who attend Saturday’s women’s basketball game against Arizona can get in free by showing their ticket stub at the ticket window. Also, Eugene and Springfield Chamber of Commerce members may purchase reserved seating for only $2.
-The meet is also Bi-Mart’s $2 night. Fans that show their Bi-Mart card at the ticket window can purchase tickets for $2.
National Championship Tickets on Sale Monday
In addition to senior night, Monday is also the first day that tickets for the NCATA National Championships go on sale. Fans can purchase tickets for the entire duration of the three-day competition that runs April 7-9 beginning on March 7 and single day tickets will be available at a later date. Premium seating is available for $50 for all three sessions or $20 per day when single day tickets go on sale. Regular seating prices for adults are $25 for all three sessions ($10 per day). Children and senior rates are $15 ($7 per day) and group tickets are $10 ($5 per day). Students can also purchase tickets for $2 per day. Tickets will be sold in person, online at www.GoDucks.com and over the phone at 1-800-WEB-FOOT.
News and Notes:
Soaring Scores – The Ducks boast the nation’s top score and are one of only two undefeated teams in the nation entering the regular season’s final month. Oregon posted a season-best score of 283.916 in a win over Azusa Pacific on Jan. 29, a total that dwarfs even No. 1 Maryland’s season-high of 283.811 from last weekend.
Basket Weaving – Oregon had a particularly strong performance in the basket toss at Azusa Pacific on Feb. 12. The Ducks posted a season-high 29.22 in the event (the highest in the nation), which helped fuel Oregon’s comeback win. UO’s score was over a point higher than its previous best and upped its average in the event to 28.24.
Rough and Tumble – UO is off to a tremendous start in the tumbling event. The Ducks’ season-high of 54.29 against Azusa Pacific on Jan. 29 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 on Jan. 29. 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.
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