HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team surged into the lead late into the second half against Azusa Pacific on Monday evening on Senior Night at the TD Bank Sports Center, but a Cougar's narrow victory in the final team routine spoiled the comeback, as they took the meet, 287.375 – 287.215. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 0-10 on the season, while Azusa Pacific improves to 3-3 on the year.
Azusa Pacific took the first two events of the evening, the compulsory and acro, with winning scores of 39.00 and 29.18, taking a 68.18 – 67.04 lead into the final event before halftime. In those first two events, Quinnipiac finished with respective scores of 38.90 and a 28.14.
The Bobcats regained their footing in the pyramid event, winning by a score of 29.55 – 29.35. Junior Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) led the group with a perfect score of 10.0 in the first heat, setting the stage for following Quinnipiac scores of 9.90 and 9.65 in the following two heats.
After entering halftime trailing the Cougars 97.53 – 96.59, Quinnipiac's resurgence continued in the toss event with a 28.80 – 28.35 victory. Within the event, sophomore Victoria Cribbs (Albany, N.Y.) ignited the crowd with a near perfect open pass in the third heat, earning a 9.70 out of a possible 9.80.
The team's momentum carried into the following tumbling event, as the Bobcats ran away with the win, 57.125 – 56.575. In the first heat of the event (duo), senior Erin Trotman (Bristol, Conn.) and sophomore Danielle Burns (Budd Lake, N.J.) teamed up to put together a terrific 9.80 (out of a possible 9.90), injecting a sense of confidence into the team for the remaining five heats of the event. Trotman then demonstrated her veteran leadership in the final sixth heat (open), throwing a perfect score of 9.95 to put an exclamation mark on the Bobcats' best event of the evening.
Quinnipiac and Azusa Pacific entered the final team routine event separated by just .06, as Quinnipiac held the slight advantage. The two teams, whose starting values differed by only .08 points, finished with scores of 104.920 (Azusa Pacific) and 104.700 (Quinnipiac).
The Bobcats look to finish the season strong when they travel to Baylor University for the NCATA National Championships set to begin on Thursday, April 26 and stretch until Saturday, April 28.
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