EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon swept its season series with Azusa Pacific in acrobatics & tumbling for the third straight year, winning every single heat of all six events to hand the Cougars their worst-ever defeat in three years of involvement with the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. The final margin was 13.67 points, with Oregon tallying 283.950 points to Azusa Pacific’s final score of 270.280.
Oregon, which has now won an NCATA-record 19 straight competitions, was less than two-tenths of a points from notching its highest score of the year, while Azusa Pacific also registered its second-highest scoring performance of the season. The previous worst defeat for the Cougars also came against Oregon, a 12.12-point margin (283.916-271.796) in Azusa Pacific’s 2011 season opener, which was its first-ever NCATA competition.
The closest the Cougars came to the Ducks in any heat was in the second of three heats in the pyramid event, just before halftime, when Azusa Pacific was awarded 9.85 points to Oregon’s 9.90. The margin in every other heat was at least one-tenth of a point, as the Ducks posted one perfect-10 score (in the third pyramid heat) along with three additional heats of 9.90 points. By contrast, Azusa Pacific’s best score was a 9.85 in the aforementioned second pyramid heat, which was the only heat scored higher than a 9.70 for the Cougars in the meet.
Oregon led at halftime by 3.4 points (96.15-92.75) and more than doubled the lead in the first two events of the second half (toss, tumbling) to widen its lead to 7.05 points heading into the team event. The Ducks posted 102.200 points out of the 110 maximum possible points, and the Cougars registered 95.580 points with a lower starting difficulty value of 107.89.
Azusa Pacific falls to 1-4 overall, remaining winless against the Ducks in six tries over the past three years, while Oregon improves to 5-0 on the year. Both squads have one remaining dual meet against Baylor before taking part in the third annual NCATA National Championships, which take place later this month at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Oregon visits Baylor on Saturday, April 6 – five days before Azusa Pacific hosts the Bears to close out the regular season on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Felix Event Center.