A key tri-meet set for Sunday, March 11 in Eugene, Oregon highlights a three-meet weekend in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) as the action begins to ramp up in the second month of competition.
Hawaii Pacific, Davis & Elkins at West Liberty - Mar. 9, 6 p.m. EST
The Sharks complete a week-long road trip with a tri-meet at West Liberty, pitting Hawaii Pacific against first-year programs West Liberty and Davis & Elkins. Hawaii Pacific was edged by Fairmont State, 267.125-267.560 on Mar. 6 after losing a late lead in the team event. West Liberty is currently 0-2 on the year after setbacks to West Virginia Wesleyan and Adrian, while Davis & Elkins enters its first meet in over a month after a season-opening loss to West Virginia Wesleyan on Feb. 5.
Concordia University of Wisconsin at Adrian – Mar. 10, 12 p.m. EST
After a 233.040-123.050 win over Georgetown on Monday, Concordia University Wisconsin heads back to the mat hoping to secure its second consecutive win. A tough four-game slate to open the year against four 2017 NCATA Tournament qualifiers seemed to pay dividends for the Falcons, who recorded their highest overall score of the season against the Tigers. Adrian is currently 1-2 on the year and looks to remain unbeaten at home following a season-opening win over West Liberty on Mar. 1.
Quinnipiac, Gannon at Oregon – Mar. 11, 2 p.m. PST
Two unbeaten teams and a squad riding an impressive, two-meet winning streak clash in Eugene on Sunday as the Bobcats, Golden Knights and Ducks look to make a statement heading into the home stretch of the season. For the first time in program history, Gannon earned a 3-0 record with a hard-fought, 269.425-264.170 win against Converse and average over 270 points per meet in the first season under new head coach Jacqueline Eshleman.
After a season-opening setback to Baylor, Quinnipiac has responded with back-to-back wins scoring over 280 points. The Bobcats scored a 280.235-264.990 win over Alderson Broaddus on Feb. 24 before upending King, 284.010-254.635 last Saturday.
Oregon dropped a 284.725-280.830 decision to Baylor, suffering its first loss of the season despite logging its highest meet score of the year. The Ducks scored a pair of perfect scores against the Bears while recording season-high scores in four events, adding a 9.700 and a 9.825 in the aerial and six-element pass to keep the meet tight down the stretch.