No. 3 Quinnipiac Acrobatics & Tumbling Meets No. 6 Hawaii Pacific In NCATA Quarterfinals, Friday April 25
#3 Quinnipiac University BOBCATS (5-2) vs.
#6 Hawaii Pacific SEA WARRIORS (1-5)
Friday, April 25, 2014 – 5:15 p.m. (PST)
Felix Event Center – Azusa, Calif.
The 2014 NCATA Tournament
After concluding their 2014 regular season at 5-2, the Quinnipiac acrobatics and tumbling team will face Hawaii Pacific in the quarterfinals of the NCATA National Tournament on Friday, April 25. This will be the second time this year that these two programs meet. Quinnipiac currently occupies third place in the NCATA Tournament, while the Sea Warriors sit in sixth place. The teams will take the mat at 5:15 pm (PST). Hawaii Pacific finished the regular season at 1-5 in its inaugural campaign.
NCATA Tournament Format
The championships begin on Thursday, April 24, with a 1 p.m. (Pacific) first-round meet between eighth-seeded Alderson-Broaddus and ninth-seeded King University, which are both in their first year of NCATA competition. That opening matchup will be followed by the 5 p.m. national individual event finals, featuring competitors from all NCATA championship participants.
The eight remaining teams will be in action for Friday's quarterfinal round, starting with a 12:45 p.m. clash between fourth-seeded Baylor and fifth-seeded Fairmont State. Top-seeded and three-time defending NCATA national champion Oregon begins its title defense with a 3 p.m. matchup against Thursday's first-round winner, and second-seeded Azusa Pacific hosts the first-year program from Gannon (Pa.) University at 7:30 p.m. Third-seeded Quinnipiac takes on Hawai'i Pacific in the 5:15 p.m. matchup.
Semifinal meets are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, with semifinal winners returning to compete for the NCATA National Championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
2014 NCATA National Championships Schedule:
Thursday, April 24
1:00 pm (first round): #8 Alderson-Broaddus vs. #9 King
5:00 pm: Individual Event Finals
Friday, April 25 (Quarterfinals)
12:45 pm: #4 Baylor vs. #5 Fairmont State
3:00 pm: #1 Oregon vs. #8/#9 Winner
5:15 pm: #3 Quinnipiac vs. #6 Hawai'i Pacific
7:30 pm: #2 Azusa Pacific vs. #7 Gannon
Saturday, April 26
10:00 am: Semifinal 1
12:30 pm: Semifinal 2
7:30 pm: National Championship
About Hawaii Pacific
The Sea Warriors enter Friday's matchup 1-5 in their inaugural season. After meeting the Bobcats, Hawaii Pacific went 1-3 for the remainder of the year. The Sea Warriors earned their first win to Alderson Broaddus on March 16, in Eugene, Ore. Keenyn Won is the head coach of Hawaii Pacific. Now in her first season with Hawaii Pacific, she was a student-athlete during A&T's inaugural year at the University of Oregon in 2010. She was also a part of Duck teams that won the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Championship in 2011 and 2012.
All-Time Against the Sea Warriors
This will be the second meeting between these two programs. In their last meeting, the Bobcats defeated Hawaii Pacific, 270.96-266.54, back on March 12, 2014.
Last Time On The Mats
The Quinnipiac Acrobatics and Tumbling team defeated Alderson Broaddus and Fairmont State in their second tri-meet of the season. The Bobcats came out on top with a winning total of 281.89 on Saturday April, 5. Fairmont State followed the Bobcats with a final score of 274.23, while Alderson Broaddus finished with 272.03 points. The Bobcats improves to 5-2 on the 2014 regular season. Fairmont State stands at 6-2, while Alderson Broaddus drop to 2-7. Quinnipiac took five out of the six events while Alderson Broaddus scored high in the Acro event.
On Saturday, April 5, Quinnipiac would post back-to-back scores of perfect 10.0s in the first two heats of the pyramid event. The flipping pyramid featured Senior Cera Orner, junior's Stephanie Palange and Stephanie Crosson, sophomores Taylor Johnson, Stephanie Amaral, Demitra Germanakos, Aleshia Ceste, Casey Block, Brittney Kusmierski, and Brooke Artz, and freshman Noelle Brasier all contributing to the perfect score. In the following twisting pyramid heat, seniors Gina Antonelli and Ashaa Russell, juniors Palange, Cara Seckinger and Christine Rochester, sophomores Johnson, Kusmierski and Kayla McCormack, and freshman Brasier would follow with their second perfect score of the season to give Quinnipiac the advantage.
Big Island Victory
The Quinnipiac acrobatics and tumbling team defeated Hawaii Pacific University, 270.96-266.54, on Wednesday evening at Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. A close competition throughout the meet, Quinnipiac was able to sweep the Sea Warriors in all six events. The sweep is the second for the Bobcats in program history, their first sweep coming this season back on Feb. 1.
A Fall from Grace
The Quinnipiac acrobatics & tumbling team finished 10.4 points behind first-place Oregon on Monday evening at the Matthew Knight Arena in front of a crowd of 1,242. The Bobcats' total of 270.18 was also edged by Azusa Pacific's 278.36, as the Cougars finished in second and the Bobcats in third. The Ducks finished with a winning score of 280.57, to earn its second and third win of the season, improving to 3-0 on the year. The Cougars improve to 2-1 while the Bobcats fall to 2-2.
Besting the Bears
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.
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.