After a busy week that saw four meets in three days, the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) will head into the weekend with the newest installment of one of the league's top rivalries alongside a Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) matchup between King and Quinnipiac.
Azusa Pacific at Hawaii Pacific, Mar. 2, 7 p.m. HST
The Cougars and Sharks will meet for the second time this season as Azusa Pacific aims to sweep the season series after capturing a 282.075-270.670 win over Hawaii Pacific at home on Feb. 6. The two teams were tightly contested in the first matchup and were only separated by 1.55 points at halftime, but a 56.775-54.500 tumbling event win for the Cougars and a 99.500 team event score were enough for Azusa Pacific to secure a near 10-point second half advantage and the win.
King at Quinnipiac, Mar. 3, 12 p.m. EST
Quinnipiac upended Alderson Broaddus on Feb. 24 for its first win of the season and will return to action on Saturday for the first of four consecutive road meets. First year head coach Miranda Merkison and the Tornado are looking for their first win of the year after home losses to Converse and Gannon.
Gannon def. Converse, 269.425-264.170
The Golden Knights ended Converse's impressive unbeaten start to the season with a five-point win to close a successful, 2-0 road trip. Gannon won the pyramid event, 29.20-29.05, suffering only 0.70 points of deductions. The Valkyries won the toss event with a 27.40 total score but saw the Knights take a 53.525-51.650 victory in tumbling to take a multi-point lead into the team event. Gannon's meet was highlighted by a 9.95 in the open pyramid, while Converse logged a 9.80 in the same heat, adding a 9.50 in open toss.
Glenville State def. Adrian, 253.885-218.415
Glenville State posted its first win of the season by securing a large first-half lead against the Adrian Bulldogs en route to a big home victory over Adrian. The Pioneers earned a 28.05 pyramid event score with a 29.90 event start value, logging a pair of 9.45 scores in inversion and open pyramid to take a big lead heading into the halftime break. Glenville State capped the win with a 9.225 and 9.350 in aerial and open pass, respectively, earning the first victory for first year head coach Sarah Moreno.
Fairmont State def. Alderson Broaddus, 266.260-262.250
Fairmont State opened the season with a win over in-state opponent Alderson Broaddus, opening the year with a perfect score in compulsory toss and five-element acro. The Falcons added 9.95 in seven-element acro, ending the event with only 0.15 points deducted out of a 30.00 start value. Fairmont State tacked on a 9.95 and inversion pyramid, but a 29.50 in acro and 29.15 in pyramid by Alderson Broaddus kept the contest close at halftime. Alderson Broaddus cut further into the Falcon lead with a 26.60-26.55 win in toss, but a 52.100-50.250 victory in tumbling and a near four-point win in team event handed Fairmont State the season-opening victory.
West Virginia Wesleyan def. Adrian, 244.720-216.140
The Bobcats advanced to 2-1 on the year with a strong showing at home against Adrian. West Virginia Wesleyan posted a 27.30 in pyramid for its highest event total of the contest. A 26.35 in toss and a 48.550 in tumbling primed the Bobcats for another impressive victory in its inaugural season. Adrian notched a 9.00 in the open pyramid for its highest event score of the meet.