HAMDEN, Conn.— The top-seeded University of Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team defeated the fifth-seeded Fairmont State Falcons 280.225-265.475 Friday afternoon at the NCATA National Tournament in Hamden, Conn. to advance to the National Championship on Saturday.
“There’s room for improvement tomorrow,” said head coach Felecia Mulkey. “It wasn’t our cleanest Team Routine, and we scored a little lower in Acro than we usually do, so there are a couple of things that we can easily do to bring those scores back up.”
The Ducks started the meet off on fire as they topped FSU 38.0-36.70 in the Compulsory round, recording a perfect 10 in Heat 2 and a near-perfect 9.90 in Heat 3. Oregon continued its solid play in the Acro round, outscoring the Falcons 28.35-27.2. FSU won its only heat of the entire meet in the round, as it scored a 9.35 to Oregon’s 9.30 in Heat 2. In the final event before halftime, UO bested FSU 29.05-28.0 in the Pyramid round to go up 95.40-91.90.
Oregon didn’t look back the rest of the meet as it swept every event in the second half. The Falcons put up a fight in the Toss round but ultimately fell 28.9-28.2. The Ducks scored above 9.0 in five of the six Tumbling heats, led by Nichole Erlichman and Natasha Katzaroff’s scores of 9.83 in the 6-element and 7-element, respectively.
“Our tumbling was impressive again, particularly our trio pass group of Erin Block Natasha Katzaroff and Sarah Moreno who scored a 9.80. It’s the first time we competed that as a trio pass,” added Mulkey.
In the Team Routine, Oregon sealed its victory, outscoring the Falcons by 5.4 points to win the meet by a total of 14.75 points.
UO is set to face off against the No. 2 seed and host school Quinnipiac tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.
“Quinnipiac is a really good team and they’ve continued to improve over the course of the year. I don’t think that they’ve peaked yet so tomorrow should be a really good meet,” said Mulkey.
The meet will be streamed live here. A full recap with results and reactions will be available on www.GoDucks.com following the meet.
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