February 16, 2012

Acrobatics & Tumbling Travels To Eugene, Ore. To Face Oregon And Azusa Pacific In Tri-Meet On Friday, Feb. 17

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Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1) vs.
Azusa Pacific Cougars(1-0)
University of Oregon Ducks (0-0)

Matthew Knight Arena – Eugene, Ore. 

West Coast Tri-Meet
The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team heads out on the road to face National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) opponents Azusa Pacific (1-0) and Oregon (0-0) in its first tri-meet of the season on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Eugene, Ore. 

About Azusa Pacific
The Cougars are coming of their first victory of the season following a 269.39 - 257.40 win over Baylor on Saturday, Feb. 4. Baylor opened the meet with a slim victory in the first heat, compulsories, edging Azusa, 38.5 - 38.0. Azusa rebounded with a convincing victory in the following event, acro, earning a 27.42 - 24.16 win, followed by a 28.50 - 27.50 victory in the final event before halftime, the pyramid.

Baylor took its final event of the afternoon, the toss, with a 27.40 - 27.00 score, before Azusa responded with a 53.20-53.19 winning score in the tumbling event. Azusa saved its best for last, as it defeated Baylor by its largest margin of the afternoon in the final team routine event, winning 95.27 - 86.74. 

All-Time Against The Cougars
The teams last met in the Quarterfinals of the inaugural NCATA National Championships when the Bobcats upset the Cougars, 274.113 - 273.882, on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Quinnipiac and Azusa were close throughout the entire meet, and entered the team routine event separated by just 1.095 points. Quinnipiac proceeded to edge Azusa, 102.628 - 101.302, earning the upset victory. Through the first three events, Azusa led by just .03 points and headed into the locker rooms with the slimmest of margins, 95.59 - 95.56. Quinnipiac took a 26.87 - 26.75 victory in the toss event, fell  in the tumbling event, 50.24 - 49.06, before reaching triple digits for the third time all season in the final team routine event, winning, 102.628 - 101.302. 

About Oregon
The Ducks enter the 2012 season as the reigning NCATA National Champions. No. 1 seeded Oregon defeated the No. 2 seed Maryland, 283.482 – 283.352, handing Maryland its first loss of the season on April 9, 2011. Oregon won the first event, compulsories, 39.10 – 38.75, before the Terps then came back to win the next event, stunt, 28.78 – 28.72. Oregon won the final event before halftime, the pyramid, 29.65 – 28.60, taking an overall score of 97.470 – 96.130 into the locker rooms at the break.

The Ducks edged the Terps in the first event following halftime, the basket toss, 28.60 – 27.87, however Maryland won the following event, tumbling, 52.64 – 51.89. In the final event of the afternoon, the team routine, Maryland won with a score of 106.812 – 105.521. 

All-Time Against The Ducks
Quinnipiac and Oregon faced each other once during the 2010-11 season, as the Ducks came away with a  289.204 - 281.669 on Monday, March 21, 2011. Despite the Ducks nearly eight-point victory, the teams played as equals for most of the afternoon. Oregon led 98.380 - 97.045 at halftime, but extended its lead following wins in the toss and tumbling events. Despite the Bobcats' 106.47 – 103.81 loss in the final team routine event, the score marked Quinnipiac's highest team routine total of the season. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was defeated by Maryland, 284.540-274.855, in its first contest of the season on Saturday, Feb. 4. Maryland edged Quinnipiac in the first event of the afternoon, compulsory, 38.60-38.50, before taking a 27.59 - 24.40 victory in the acro event. The Bobcats played the Terps close in the final event before halftime, pyramid, falling short, 28.00 – 27.90.

Quinnipiac earned its first victory of the contest in the first event following halftime, the toss, downing Maryland, 27.90 – 27.85. Sophomore Trisha Pierce (Middletown, Conn.) and junior Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) each made solid contributions in the third heat of the event, lifting Quinnipiac to a 9.45 – 9.25 in the open heat. Maryland took the tumbling event, 57.45 – 56.33, before earning a 105.05 – 99.83 victory in the team routine. 

2010-11 Season In Review
The Bobcats enter the 2012 season following a successful inaugural NCATA campaign in 2010-11. Quinnipiac opened its season with a close loss the No. 1 Terps, 267.031 – 265.208, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. The Bobcats rode their wave of momentum into its next contest against No. 3 Fairmont State the following afternoon, Sunday, Dec. 5, defeating the Falcons, 264.304 – 263.379. for the team's first victory of the season.

Quinnipiac continued to improve in all aspects and experienced its highest point total during its first home contest of the season on March 21, 2011 when it hosted No. 2 Oregon. While the Bobcats were victorious in the pyramid event, defeating the Ducks, 29.700 – 29.450, they also executed some of the highest scores in the individual heats on the afternoon. In the tumbling round, sophomore Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) performed a near-perfect score of 9.15 (out of 9.20), while senior Erin Trotman (Bristol, Conn.) also contributed an excellent score of 9.40 (out of 9.50). The Bobcats' team routine earned their highest point total of the season (103.81), capping off the intensely competitive first home meeting of the year.

The Bobcats entered the NCATA National Championships as the No. 6 seed, but quickly made its presence felt with a first-round upset victory over No. 3-seeded Azusa Pacific on April 7, 2011. Quinnipiac defeated Azusa Pacific, 274.113 – 273.882, in dramatic fashion, pulling off the comeback in the final event of the evening, the team routine. Quinnipiac won two of the first three events, yet trailed slightly at halftime, 95.59 – 95.56. Each team traded victories in the two events following halftime, as the squads entered the final event of the evening with the Cougars leading by just 1.095 points. The Bobcats came together to execute its third triple-digit team routine score of the season, defeating Azusa Pacific, 102.628 – 101.302.

The Bobcats ended their season with a valiant effort against Maryland, falling the eventual NCATA runner-up, 280.512 – 271.583, on April 8, 2011. 

Lasto Leads The Nation
Sophomore Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) finished the 2010-11 season as the nation's leader in the open basket toss, shattering the season-high record (which Oregon held) on Monday, Mar. 21, 2011. Lasto's near perfect score of 9.95 (out of a possible 10.0) broke the previous record of 9.75 by a substantial margin.

Coach Powers added, "Junior Christina Lasto has continued to excel in all areas, and we believe she will have her best year yet." 

High Expectations
The Bobcats had many moments of brilliance during its inaugural season as an acrobatics & tumbling team, and look towards continual improvement during its sophomore campaign. 

"University of Louisville transfer Christine Rochester (Waterford, Conn.) and incoming freshman Stephanie Palange (West Springfield, Mass.), Stephanie Crosson (Ridgefield Park N.J.), Jenna Quenneville, will be bringing us higher tumbling scores," said coach Powers. "The growth of sophomore Danielle Burns (Budd Lake, N.J.), Trisha Pierce (Middletown, Pa.), and Cera Orner (Shamokin, Pa.) will also be reflected in many of our rounds of play."

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 Friday's contest, Quinnipiac travels to face Maryland on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The team will then travel to Fairmont State to face Baylor and Fairmont at 2 p.m. On Saturday, March 17 at 5 p.m., the Bobcats will compete in a quad-team contest, as it travels to Shorter University to take on Oregon, Fairmont State and Maryland.

Quinnipiac hosts its final game of the season on Monday, April, 2 at 6 p.m. when it hosts Azusa Pacific. The Bobcats then travel to Baylor for the NCATA Championships, set to occur from April 26-28.

Contact: Ross Bennett; rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu