For the third consecutive year, the University of Oregon Ducks and the Baylor University Bears will battle for a national championship after the two teams advanced on semifinal Friday at the 2017 National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Tournament. Saturday's championship matchup also sets a new record for most meetings in the title meet, while Oregon continues its streak of advancing to every championship meet since the tournament's origination in 2011.
No. 2 Baylor def. No. 3 Quinnipiac, 279.325-273.945
A 57.675 in the tumbling event pushed the Bears past the Bobcats in the NCATA semifinal, allowing the Bears to make the national championship for the third straight season. Baylor's acro and pyramid events each logged a 29.40 to keep an early, first half lead intact, which included a 9.90 in the open pyramid heat. Quinnipiac won the toss and team event, adding a 9.95 in the open pyramid.
Oregon scored five heats at or above 9.75 to punch its ticket to the NCATA National Championship, ending the inspired run of the hosting Cougars. The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half, with the Ducks taking a 0.3-point lead after compulsory before edging Azusa Pacific by 0.2 points in acro. The Cougars cut into the deficit with a 29.25 event score in pyramid, going into halftime trailing the Ducks, 95.65-95.25. However, Oregon pulled away in the second half, anchored by a 9.80 in the salto toss, a 9.70 in the open toss, a 9.975 in the aerial pass and a 9.800 in the six-element pass.