March 7, 2014

Quinnipiac Acrobatics & Tumbling Travels to Oregon to Face Ducks and Cougars On Monday, March 10

Quinnipiac University BOBCATS (2-0) vs. 
University of Oregon DUCKS (1-0) & Azusa Pacific COUGARS (1-0)
Monday, March 10, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Matthew Knight Arena – Eugene, Ore.

Bobcats Make Moves
The Quinnipiac acrobatics and tumbling team looks to continue its 2014 season as they make their way across the country to visit the 2013 NCATA National Champions, the University of Oregon Ducks and the Azusa Pacific Cougars in their first tri-meet of the season. The teams will take the mat at 7 pm (PT) at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. The Bobcats are quickly off to a perfect 2-0 start for their 2014 campaign.  Oregon and Azusa each stand at 1-0 this year.  This meet will prove crucial for the Bobcats as they stand in between No. 1 Oregon and No. 3 Azusa Pacific in the NCATA Coaches Poll.

About University of Oregon
The Ducks are three-time reigning NCATA National Champions and are riding a 22-meet unbeaten streak dating back to the 2011 season. Oregon kicked off their season on Feb. 13 when they welcomed Baylor University at home.  The Ducks made an impressive debut, besting the Bears by a count of 280.200-274.380. With the win over the Bears, Oregon remained perfect in season-opening meets (4-0). The Ducks swept Baylor in all six events. Oregon currently sits at 1-0 in the NCATA and ranks first in the NCATA Coaches Poll.

All-Time Against the Ducks
Monday's competition will mark the sixth matchup between these two programs.  The Ducks hold a 5-0 all-time record over the Bobcats. In their last meeting, Quinnipiac was defeated by the University of Oregon Ducks, 277.885- 273.655, in the NCATA National Championship last season. The championship marked the third straight title for the Ducks. 

About Azusa Pacific
The Cougars currently stand at 1-0 for the 2014 acrobatics and tumbling season ranking them third in the NCATA Coaches Poll standings. Azusa Pacific opened a season of high expectations with a convincing victory in the first-ever meet for the first-year National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association program at Hawai'i Pacific University. The Cougars registered a final score of 268.795 to HPU's 255.455, making the final 13.34-point margin the largest victory in Azusa Pacific's four-year program history.

All-Time Against the Cougars
This will be the eighth meeting between these two programs. Azusa Pacific holds a 4-3 advantage over Quinnipiac.  In their last meeting, the Bobcats defeated Azusa Pacific, 275.03- 269.945, in the NCATA Semifinals.  The Bobcats took five out of the six events of the meet (Compulsory, Acro, Pyramid, Tumble and Team).  The victory for Quinnipiac marked the first time in program history that the Bobcats advance to the NCATA National Championship Match. 

Last Time on the Mats
In front of a record crowd of 1,289, less than one-tenth of a point separated Quinnipiac University and Baylor University in the acrobatics & tumbling meet heading into the last heat. Quinnipiac erased its .08 deficit on the final heat, the Team event, and claimed a 279.39-278.83 victory at the TD Bank Sports Center – Quinnipiac's first-ever win over the Bears, Saturday, Feb 23. The Bobcats improved to 2-0 this year and posted season-highs in the Toss and Tumble events.

Kicking off the Season
The Bobcats opened their 2014 season with a victory at home against Gannon University, 79.575-260.895.  Quinnipiac welcomed the Golden Knights for the first time in program history for Gannon University's inaugural season.  The Bobcats were able to sweep all events in the meet for their first time ever in program history against any NCATA program.

Cheering Them On
For the second consecutive meet the Acrobatics and Tumbling team set a record number for fans on Feb. 23, at the TD Bank Sports Center for an attendance of 1,289. The TD Bank Sports Center was rocking back on Saturday Feb. 1.  When the team set a new record for attendance on Lender Court, performing in front of 1,107 fans. 

The Select Six
The six graduating seniors Gina Antonelli, Danielle Burns, Victoria Cribbs, Cera Orner, Trisha Pierce, Ashaa Russell and Gina Yeadon will be honored for their dedication and commitment to the Quinnipiac Acrobatics and tumbling program. Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald and head coach Mary Ann Powers will recognize its six seniors prior to competition on Saturday.

Full House
The TD Bank Sports Center was rocking, Saturday Feb. 1.  The Acrobatics and Tumbling team set a new record for attendance on Lender Court, performing in front of 1,107 fans.  

Hear Them Roar!
The Quinnipiac Acrobatics and Tumbling team joined with the Quinnipiac Athletic Student Trainers Club for its ninth annual Cheer and Dance Challenge. The event took place, Saturday, Feb. 15.  The proceeds collected directly benefited the Connecticut March of Dimes and the Kendall Pallone Trust Fund, which was founded by acrobatics and tumbling head coach Mary Ann Powers in 2012.

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.