No. 3 Quinnipiac Meets No. 2 Azusa Pacific in NCATA National Semifinals, Saturday, April 26

#3 Quinnipiac University BOBCATS (6-2) vs.
#2 Azusa Pacific COUGARS (6-2)
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 12:30 p.m. (PST)
Felix Event Center – Azusa, Calif.

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East vs. West
After a nail-biting win over Hawai'i Pacific on Friday evening, the Quinnipiac acrobatics and tumbling team will face Azusa Pacific in the semifinals of the NCATA National Tournament on Saturday, April 26.  This will be the second time this year that these two programs meet.  Quinnipiac currently occupies third place in the NCATA Tournament, while the Cougars sit just ahead of them in second place. The teams will take the mat at 12:30 pm (PST) at the Felix Event Center on the Azusa Pacific Campus. 

2014 NCATA National Semifinals
Semifinal meets are scheduled for 10 a.m. (No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 Baylor) and 12:30 p.m. (No. 2 Azusa Pacific vs. No. 3 Quinnipiac) on Saturday, April 26, with semifinal winners returning to compete for the NCATA National Championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

About Azusa Pacific
The Cougars are a forced to be reckoned with this season, standing at 6-2 on the 2014 season, Azusa Pacific sits comfortably in second place in the NCATA standings.  The Cougars are coming off a 5-2 regular season where they saw their only losses coming to Oregon and Baylor early in their year.  Despite their setbacks, Azusa Pacific was able to hand the Oregon Ducks their first loss in program history on April 7, 283.40-282.475, snapping a 31 match winning streak. 

All-Time Against the Cougars
This will be the ninth meeting between these two programs. Azusa Pacific holds a 5-3 advantage over the Bobcats.  In their last meeting, the Cougars outlasted the Bobcats, 278.36- 270.18, in a tri-meet in Eugene, Ore, on March 10. Last year, Quinnipiac beat Azusa Pacific, 275.03- 269.945. 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
Only 1.075 points separated the winner, No. 3 Quinnipiac University Bobcats, from the No. 6 Hawai'i Pacific Sea Warriors on Friday evening in the NCATA National Quarterfinals.  The Bobcats were able to pull off a 280.74-279.665, win over Hawai'i Pacific at the Felix Event Arena.  With the win, Quinnipiac advances on to the NCATA National Semifinals on Saturday, April 26 for the second consecutive year. 

2014 All-American Girls
Three Bobcats were presented with NCATA individual honors during the NCATA Individual Events. Sophomores Brooke Artz and Kayla McCormack along with freshman Kelsey Rule were named to the All-American team. Rule also collected the NCATA Freshman of the Year Award. This is the second consecutive time the Bobcats earned the recognition. 

Twist No One Can Resist
The Quinnipiac University acrobatics & tumbling team scored a perfect 10 to take home their only event in the Twisting Pyramid at the NCATA Individual National Championships on Thursday evening. Senior Ashaa Russell (Bronx, N.Y.), juniors Stephanie Palange (West Springfield, Mass.), Jenna Quenneville (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Christine Rochester (Waterford, Conn.), and Racheal Leahy (Pougkeepsie, N.Y.), sophomores Taylor Johnson (Foxboro, Mass.), Jordan Cavallaro (Bloomingdale, N.J.), Brittney Kusmierski (Omaha, Neb.), Demitra Germanakos (Massapequa, N.Y.), and McCormack, and freshman Noelle Brasier (Simi Valley, Calif.) all took part in the event.  In 2013 Quinnipiac took a three-way tie with a score of 9.85 in the event along with Azusa Pacific and Oregon.

Wrapping Up the Regular Season
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.

Perfection Repeated
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.