Quinnipiac Hosts Gannon University in 2014 Acrobatics & Tumbling Home Opener on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 PM

Gannon University GOLDEN KNIGHTS (0-0) vs. 
Quinnipiac University BOBCATS (0-0)
Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 1:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.


Bobcats Open 2014 Season
The Quinnipiac acrobatics and tumbling team opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. against Gannon University at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats open their fourth season in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association after finishing 2013 as runners-up in the 2013 NCATA National Championship. 

About Gannon University
Gannon University opens their inaugural season in 2014 against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The Golden Knights are coached by Chelsea Shaw in her first season.  Shaw comes to Gannon after helping the University of Oregon Ducks win back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012. She was a four-year letter winner, concluding her collegiate career with NCATA All-America honors as a junior and senior. Her individual accolades include an individual tumbling national championship as a senior. Under Shaw, she brings along 14 newcomers to the team in her first season with Gannon University. 

All-Time Against the Golden Knights
This will be the first meeting between these two programs.

Leaders of the Pack
For the 2013-14 season, head coach Mary Ann Powers has announced the selection of Gina Antonelli, Danielle Burns, and Cera Orner as captains.  All three student athletes were members of the first acrobatics & tumbling team, which now enters its fourth year of existence here at Quinnipiac.

Best of the Best
Junior Stephanie Palange was named to the 2013 NCATA All-American Team last season at the NCATA National Tournament.  Palange joins nine others whom made the final cut for the All-American Team.  Sophomore Montara Tomasetti was also recognized by the league as the 2013 NCATA Rookie of the Year. 

2013 In Review
The Bobcats are eager to begin the 2014 season after a falling short to the Oregon Ducks in the NCATA Championship round last year. Quinnipiac finished the regular season 3-2 overall.  The Bobcats opened the season enduring three straight meets on the road.  Quinnipiac faced a tough matchup in their first meet of the 2013 season on the road Saturday, March. 10th, when they visited Fairmont State in Fairmont, West Virginia.  Even though the Fighting Falcons came out strong, capturing the first two events, the Bobcats would be the one to ran away with the victory, winning the next four events in the match for the, 279.43-274.98, win over Fairmont. 

Quinnipiac would then travel down to Waco, Texas to meet Baylor on March 10.  The Bears would be the ones to come away with the win, beating out the Bobcats, 262.475-258.65.  The Bobcats would continue on in their third season as a program as they met Azusa Pacific in Azusa, Calif.  Quinnipiac would garner first place in their first tri-meat of the season as they faced the Azusa Cougars and met for a second time, Fairmont State.  The Bobcats would capture the Pyramid, Toss, Tumbling and Team events to soar past their competitors.

The Bobcats would finish their regular season at home as they hosted back to back the three-time NCATA champions, the Oregon Ducks on March 25 and then Fairmont State on April 6.  The Ducks proved to be an uphill battle for the Bobcats as they were only able to capture the Pyramid event posting a 29.2 to the Ducks 28.95.  Quinnipiac would fall 273.475-260.215, for their second loss of the season. 

Without fail Quinnipiac would bounce back in their final meet of the season, meeting Fairmont State for a third time.  A neck- and –neck battle between the two programs, Quinnipiac found themselves trailing in the first half, 123.05-122.25.  However the Bobcats strong second half would prove golden as they captured each event to solidify their third win of the season 279.085-275.87.

For the first time, Quinnipiac welcomed all teams to the 2013 NCATA National Tournament at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. from April 25-27.  April 25 marked the start of the tournament, as each school from the conference went head to head participating in the individual events.  Quinnipiac would claim two events in the twisting pyramid (9.85) and the release pyramid (9.90).  In addition to the team accolades two Bobcats were presented with NCATA individual honors.  Junior Stephanie Palange was named to the All-American team, while sophomore Montera Tomasetti was named NCATA Rookie of the Year.

The Bobcats would continue their quest for the National Championship name in the following days.  To open the semifinals, Quinnipiac faced Azusa Pacific where they came out over the Cougars 275.03-269.945.  The Bobcats easily took five of the six events of the evening.  The Cougars were able to snatch the Toss event by a .05 discrepancy in scores.  With the win over Azusa, Quinnipiac was able to advance on into the Championship round to face the Ducks of Oregon. 

For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac Acrobatics & Tumbling team was able to advance to the championship round of the NCATA National Tournament.  The Bobcats faced the Ducks of the University of Oregon in a fierce showdown.  Quinnipiac was only able to garner one event on the afternoon in their strong Pyramid event, however they were not far off the Ducks tail only trailing Oregon 95.86-93.97 at the half.  In the second stanza it was all Oregon as they took each round in stride to make them the three time defender of the  championship title; beating the Bobcats 277.885-273.655. 

NCATA Collegiate Membership
Quinnipiac begins its fourth full season as a member of the NCATA. In addition to Quinnipiac the league consists of 11 additional schools, including Adrian College, Alderson-Broaddus University, Azusa Pacific, Baylor, Fairmont State, Gannon University, Hawaii Pacific, King College, University of Oregon and University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. 

About Acrobatics & Tumbling
The acrobatics & tumbling format revolves around a two-to-four team competitive meet. Within one meet are six events: Compulsory, Acrobatics, Pyramid, Toss, Tumble, 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
The 2014 season kicks off Saturday, Feb. 1, as the Bobcats open the season against Gannon University in Hamden, Conn. Two weeks later, the Bobcats will host the Baylor Bears on February 23. Quinnipiac then continues their 2014 season on the road when they compete in their second tri-meet against the 2013 NCATA Champions the Oregon Ducks and Azusa Pacific in Eugene, Ore. on March 10.

The Bobcats will hop on a flight from Oregon to the island of Hawaii to compete against Hawaii Pacific for the first time in program history on March 13.  April 5, will wrap up Quinnipiac's regular season on the road when they face Alderson Broaddus and Fairmont State in Philippi, W. Va.  The 2014 NCATA National Championships are scheduled to take place April 24-27, in Azusa, Calif.