Acrobatics & Tumbling Visits Maryland On Friday; Tri-Meet Against Fairmont State And Baylor On Sunday

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Friday, March 9, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3) vs.
University of Maryland Terrapins (1-0) 

Comcast Center Pavilion - College Park, Md. 

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3) vs.
Baylor University Bears (0-2)
Fairmont State Fighting Falcons (0-0) 

Joe Retton Arena - Fairmont, W.Va. 

Bobcats On The Road
The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team returns to action this upcoming weekend when it travels to face National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) opponent Maryland on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats then head further south to Fairmont, W.Va. to take on NCATA opponents Baylor and Fairmont State in a tri-meet on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. 

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Live video for this weekend's contests can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

About Maryland
The Terps are coming off their first win of the season in which they defeated Quinnipiac, 284.540 to 274.855, on Saturday, Feb. 4. Maryland broke the NCATA all-time record in the team tumbling event (with a score of 57.45), a record set by the Terps a season ago when they posted a 56.420. Overall, Maryland took five of the six events of the afternoon, cruising to its 10th career NCATA win. 

All-Time Against The Terps
Friday's contest will be the fifth time the two sides face each other, as Maryland holds a perfect 4-0 record against Quinnipiac. In the teams' first meeting of the season last year, the Bobcats nearly pulled out the upset over then No. 1-ranked Maryland on December 4, 2011, falling 267.031 – 265.208. The Terps then defeated Quinnipiac at the TD Bank Sports Center on March 26, 2011, 285.980 – 279.786, before downing the Bobcats in the NCATA Semifinals, 280.512 – 271.583. 

About Baylor
The Bears are coming off their second consecutive loss to begin the 2012 season, falling to Oregon, 287.115 - 267.22, on March 2. Baylor was competitive in the first event of the afternoon, compuslories, coming up short with a score of 38.0 compared to Oregon's 39.5. Oregon proceeded to dominate in the acro and pyramid events to take a 98.91 – 91.48 lead into halftime. Baylor won its first heat of the afternoon when it took the first toss heat, 9.55 – 8.20, but would not be victorious for the remainder of the heats (as well as the following two events during the contest). 

All-Time Against The Bears
Sunday's meeting will be the first time the two sides have faced each other. 

About Fairmont State
Sunday's contest will be the first meet of the season for Fairmont State, as they return to the mats with hopes of improving on last year's 1-7 overall record. The Fighting Falcons ended their 2010-11 season on April 7, 2011 with a 277.200 – 267.794 loss to Baylor in the first round of the NCATA National Championships. The contest was a back-and-forth battle throughout, as Fairmont State won the first two events of the afternoon. Baylor took the third event, pyramid, yet Fairmont State retained a 96.42 – 95.25 lead at halftime. The Fighting Falcons and the Bears traded the next two events, toss and tumbling; however Baylor would gain the overall victory in the final team routine event, winning 104.82 – 103.702. 

All-Time Against The Fighting Falcons
Sunday's matchup will be the third time the two teams face each other, and only the second time in a tri-meet format. The Bobcats defeated the Fighting Flacons for the program's first-ever NCATA victory on December 5, 2010. Quinnipiac edged Fairmont State by less than a point, winning 264.304 – 263.379. In the team's second meeting on February 5, 2011 during a tri-meet with Azusa Pacific, the Fighting Falcons finished in second with a score of 273.52 compared to Quinnipiac's third-place score of 265.14. Azusa Pacific came in first in the tri-heat with a score of 274.86. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac finished in third during its first tri-meet outing of the season against Azusa Pacific and Oregon on Friday, February 17. The Bobcats score of 275.133 was bested by both the Ducks (285.443) and the Cougars (281.218), yet not before a Quinnipiac surge in the second half nearly brought the team back into contention. 

After a first-half dominated by Oregon, the teams entered halftime with the Ducks in first (96.70), Azusa Pacific in second (95.95) and Quinnipiac in third (93.23). Led by junior Christina Lasto (Oxford, Conn.) and sophomore Trisha Pierce (Middletown, Conn.), Quinnipiac rebounded in the first event following halftime with a terrific score of 28.450 (tied with Oregon for the event-high score) in the toss event. The Ducks, however, would pull away from both Azusa Pacific and Quinnipiac in the final two events for the overall win.

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. 

Upcoming Schedule
Following this weekend's contests, 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.