NCATA Announces 2018 Competition Schedule

NCATA Announces 2018 Competition Schedule

The National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) has released the 2018 regular season schedule, set to begin on February 3, 2018 when Concordia University of Wisconsin travels to Gannon University. Converse College, Davis & Elkins College, West Liberty University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College will debut this spring while several key matchups will pave the road to the 2018 NCATA Championship Tournament in late April. Featuring 53 meets across 11 states, 17 of the NCATA's 20 members will compete in 2018, the highest number of teams to compete in the history of the organization.


Notable Dates

  • Feb. 5: Davis & Elkins College will host its first meet in program history when first-year head coach Shelby Armstrong and the Senators welcome West Virginia Wesleyan College, a program also making its competitive debut under the leadership of head coach Courtney Pate.
  • Feb. 6: Hawaii Pacific travels to California to meet Azusa Pacific University. It will be the first meeting between the two programs since Azusa Pacific secured a dramatic, 272.735-271.095 comeback win over the Sharks in the 2017 NCATA quarterfinals.
  • Feb. 11: Head coach Keegan Johnson will lead the Converse College Valkyries to Bristol, Tennessee to face King University. First year head coach Miranda Merkison looks to lead the Tornado back to the NCATA Tournament after King secured its third tournament berth in program history last season.
  • Feb. 11: West Virginia Wesleyan will make the 130-mile drive to face West Liberty University. West Liberty head coach Treasure Fields will lead the Hilltoppers in their inaugural season of competition. 
  • Feb. 24: Quinnipiac University travels to Alderson Broaddus for the first ECAC Conference meet of 2018. Last year, all four members of the ECAC acrobatics and tumbling league made the postseason, culminating with a semifinal berth by Quinnipiac under the leadership of 2017 NCATA Coach of the Year Mary Ann Powers.
  • Feb. 24: The first of two matchups between Baylor and Oregon. The Bears and Ducks have met in three consecutive NCATA National Championship finals, all three of which have been won by Baylor. New Oregon head coach Keenyn Won aims to return the Ducks to their national championship prominence while Baylor head coach Felicia Mulkey and the Bears begin their quest for a fourth straight titie.
  • Mar. 11: Oregon welcomes Quinnipiac and Gannon for a tri-meet featuring three 2017 NCATA tournament qualifiers.
  • Mar. 24: Baylor hosts Azusa Pacific University. This meeting between the two inaugural members of the NCATA will feature an opportunity for Colleen Kausrud and the Cougars to make a key statement towards the program's first national championship appearance since 2014.
  • Mar. 26: Hawaii Pacific will welcome former head coach Keenyn Won back to Honolulu when the Oregon Ducks travel across the Pacific Ocean to face off against the Sharks. The 2017 NCATA semifinal rematch will pit the former Hawaii Pacific head coach against new Hawaii Pacific head coach Haley Garelick, an Oregon alumna who was named the second head coach in Hawaii Pacific acrobatics and tumbling history in July.
  • Apr. 8: Baylor will travel to Eugene to face off against Oregon three weeks before the beginning of the NCATA National Championship tournament. Expect national tournament seeding to be on the line between these two perennial title contenders in the second half of their annual home-and-home series.
  • Apr. 11: The regular season concludes when King University takes on the Valkyries of Converse College.

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