Weekend Outlook: West Coast Showdown Kickstarts Four-Meet Schedule

Weekend Outlook: West Coast Showdown Kickstarts Four-Meet Schedule

The second weekend of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) kicks off on Friday night with a clash between Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Oregon, scheduled for 7 p.m. PST in Eugene, Oregon. Four meets will take place over the next three days, including several interesting matchups involving teams spanning the full geographic footprint of the NCATA.

 

Hawaii Pacific University vs. University of Oregon – Feb. 9, 7 p.m. PST

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Powered by NCATA Player of the Week and senior Taylor Galvin, Oregon (1-0) opened the season with a 267.890-225.305 win over Concordia University Wisconsin on Feb. 5. The Ducks, ranked second in the preseason coaches' poll, will open the home season against a Hawaii Pacific squad aiming for its fifth straight NCATA Tournament appearance and first under the leadership of new head coach Haley Garelick. The Sharks (0-0) return 2017 NCATA All-American Daisha Paulino and enter the Matthew Knight Arena looking for a marquee victory in their regular season opener. 

 

Baylor University at Concordia University of Wisconsin – Feb. 10, 7 p.m. CST

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Both Baylor (1-0) and Concordia University Wisconsin (0-2) opened the season last weekend, with the Bears scoring a 267.435-251.360 victory over Alderson Broaddus in Waco while the Falcons dropped decisions to Gannon and Oregon. Concordia University of Wisconsin will continue a fast-paced start to the 2018 season as the Falcons are scheduled for four meets within the first 14 days of the season. The Bears clinched their first win of the season with a 29.30 in acro, a 28.85 in toss and a strong second half against Alderson-Broaddus.

 

Converse College vs. King University – Feb. 11, 2 p.m. EST

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New head coach Miranda Merkison will lead the Tornado into the 2018 season against Converse College, competing its first meet in program history under the leadership of Keegan Johnson. The Valkyries, ranked 10th in the preseason coaches poll, will look to make an early statement against a 2017 NCATA Tournament qualifier in King, ranked ninth to open the year.

 

West Virginia Wesleyan College vs. West Liberty University – Feb. 11, 2 p.m. EST

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On Feb. 5, West Virginia Wesleyan won the first meet in program history with a 238.090-128.450 victory against Davis & Elkins. The Bobcats will travel to West Liberty on Sunday, where the Hilltoppers will hold the first meet in program history under the leadership of head coach Treasure Fields.