March 28, 2012

Acrobatics & Tumbling Hosts Azusa Pacific In Season's Final Home Meet Of The Season On Monday, April 2 At 6 PM

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Monday, April 2, 2012 – 6 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-9) vs.
Azusa Pacific University Cougars (2-1)

TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn. 

Season's Final Home Meet
The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team hosts its final home meet of the season when it takes on Azusa Pacific on Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Prior to the meet, Quinnipiac will honor senior Danielle Pilloise (Southington, Conn.) with a pre-game ceremony, as she will be participating in her last home contest of her Quinnipiac career. 

Welcome QU Campers!
All Quinnipiac Bobcats campers will be free of charge for Monday's meet against Azusa Pacific. Admittance is also free for both students and children 12 and under, while tickets will be priced at $5 for adults.

Multimedia
Live audio and video for Monday's contest can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  

About Azusa Pacific
The Cougars are coming off a third place finish in its first tri-meet of the season against Maryland and Fairmont State on Friday, March 30. Azusa finished with a meet-low score of 283.690, compared to Maryland's winning score of 289.565 and Fairmont State's runner-up score of 286.275. The Cougars continued to improve from the season's first meet, as it earned season-best scores in five of the six events on the afternoon. Azusa Pacific (95.19) entered halftime trailing both Maryland (96.25) and Fairmont State (97.15), but performed much better in the second half, collecting season's best scores in all 10 heats.

Prior to Friday, the Cougars were coming off a 1-1 day in their first tri-meet of the season against Oregon and Quinnipiac on Friday, Feb. 17. Azusa's 281.22 bested Quinnipiac's 275.12, but fell short to Oregon's winning total of 285.44. Azusa began the meet strong, winning the first event of the afternoon, compulsories, with a total of 38.70. The Cougars continued to perform well in the following acro event, winning again with a high score of 28.20 (compared to Quinnipiac's 25.98 and Oregon's 28.15). Despite not winning another event for the remainder of the meet, Azusa performed much better in the final team routine event, earning nearly six points more than in their previous meet, with a score of 102.03. 

All-Time Against The Cougars
Monday's meet will be the fourth time the two sides face each other, as Azusa Pacific holds a 2-1 all-time series lead. Before Quinnipiac's loss to Azusa earlier this season on Friday, Feb. 17, the Bobcats last faced the Cougars in the quarterfinals of the NCATA National Championships. The Bobcats upset the No. 3 seed with a final score of 274.113 – 273.882, earning its first-ever post-season victory in the process. Quinnipiac saved the dramatics for late, coming back to defeat Azusa Pacific (after being down by 1.095 points) in the final team routine event with a score of 102.628, compared to Azusa Pacific's 101.302. 

Last Time Out
In the first quad-meet of the season on Saturday, March 17, the Bobcats finished in fourth to opponents Oregon, Maryland and Fairmont State. Quinnipiac finished with a total of 279.54, compared to Oregon's winning score of 287.84, Maryland's second place score of 284.11 and Fairmont State's 280.675. The Bobcats continued its impressive performance in the pyramid event, winning with a near-perfect score of 29.8. Quinnipiac finished second in the toss event with a score of 28.8, trailing only Maryland's high score of 29.15. Oregon pulled away by winning the final two events, eventually compiling the highest total score of the meet after winning the team routine event with a score of 102.71. 

Perfect Lasto
Senior flyer Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) turned in another perfect 10-out-of-10 in the first heat of the pyramid event on Saturday, March 17 during Quinnipiac's quad meet. Lasto and the Bobcats have yet to finish in anything but first place in the pyramid event this season. 

NCATA Collegiate Membership
Quinnipiac embarks on its second full season as a member of the NCATA. In addition to Quinnipiac the league consists of seven additional schools, including Azusa Pacific, Baylor, Fairmont State, Plymouth State, UMass-Dartmouth, Maryland, and Oregon. 

About Acrobatics & Tumbling
The acrobatics & tumbling format revolves around a two-to-four team competitive meet. Within one meet are six events: Compulsories, Acrobatics, Pyramids, Tosses, Tumbling, and Team Event. Everything is competed in a head to head format, alternating from one team to the next. Scores will be displayed in real-time in order to inform both the teams and spectators as to which side is ahead.  All skills have a pre-determined difficulty value and are scored solely on execution during the meet. 

Season Schedule
Following Monday's contest against Azusa Pacific, the Bobcats will begin to prepare for the NCATA National Championships which are set to occur from April 26-28 at Baylor University.

Contact: Ross Bennett; rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu