The regular season reaches its apex this weekend with seven meets set to clarify the seeds for the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) Tournament picture. A pair of top-four matchups are sure to set the tone for the national field reveal on Thursday, April 12 as the regular season winds to a close over the upcoming five days.
Fairmont State 261.030, Davis & Elkins 130.725
The Falcons swept their way to a key road win to maintain momentum heading into the home stretch of the 2018 campaign. Fairmont State logged a 29.10 in the pyramid, suffering only 0.90 points deducted during the event. the Falcons tacked on a 9.80 in six-element acro and a 9.85 in compulsory toss. Davis and Elkins notched a meet0high 9.40 in the open pyramid to conclude its first varsity season.
Azusa Pacific 284.640, Converse 274.440
Azusa Pacific turned a two-point halftime lead into a 10-point win with a dominant second half performance on April 5 in Azusa, California. The Cougars posted a perfect 10 in the open pyramid, logging a 29.85 in the event. Azusa Pacific swept all six events, posting 12 heats at 9.75 or above. In tumbling, Azusa Pacific scored a 58 out of a 59.15 event start value to take a dominant lead into team event. Converse scored a 29.10 in pyramid, only dropping 0.70 in deductions, adding a 9.85 in compulsory toss and a 9.700 in aerial pass.
Glenville State 260.220, Georgetown 123.000
Glenville State logged a perfect 10 in six-element acro en route to capturing a 260.220 win in its penultimate win of the season. The Pioneers swept all five events for the victory, including a 28.95 in acro and a 29.40 in pyramid. Georgetown scored an 8.80 in inversion pyramid and an 8.75 in open pyramid to finish the event with a 25.50.
No. 10 Glenville State at No. 6 Fairmont State – April 7, 3 p.m. EST
Both Glenville State and Fairmont State look to close the season with momentum on Saturday. Ranked sixth in the nation heading into the week, Fairmont State has averaged over 265 points per meet this season en route to a 5-1 record, looking for its third straight win after capturing dual meets against Converse (Mar. 24) and Davis & Elkins (Apr. 4). First year Glenville State head coach Sarah Moreno has anchored the No. 10 Pioneers to a 3-1 record this season as Glenville State enters Saturday's bout on a three-meet winning streak after dual meet victories against West Virginia Wesleyan and Georgetown.
Georgetown College at West Virginia Wesleyan – April 7, 3 p.m. EST
West Virginia Wesleyan will conclude its first season of competition at home against the Tigers, aiming to secure its fourth win of the season at home. The Bobcats have lost three straight matches, falling in both ends of a tri-meet against Alderson Broaddus and Glenville State before dropping a 258.380-256.145 bout to Glenville State on Wednesday. After falling to Glenville State on Friday, Georgetown returns to the mat for its regular season finale. Concluding their second season of competition, coach Alicia Castagneto and the Tigers will aim to build momentum for the 2019 season in their final regular season bout.
Adrian at Concordia University Wisconsin – April 7, 3 p.m. CST
Concordia University Wisconsin will compete in its first meet since March 14 against the Bulldogs, who look to score the third win of the season on Saturday. The Falcons have won two of their last three meets dating back to a win over Georgetown on March 5, and the Bulldogs most recently defeated Georgetown on March 24.
No. 1 Baylor at No. 4 Oregon - April 8, 5 p.m. PST
Baylor captured the first meeting between the two programs, 284.725-280.830, on February 24. The Bears enter Eugene with a 7-0 record, the most recent victory coming against Azusa Pacific on March 24. Oregon has won two of its last three decisions, including a win over No. 7 Hawaii Pacific on Mar. 26. The two programs have met for three consecutive years in the NCATA National Championship meet, and Baylor looks to continue a dominating stretch over the last four years that have resulted in a 37-1 mark since the 2014 season. The contest will be regionally broadcast on PAC-12 Network.
No. 5 Gannon at No. 3 Quinnipiac – April 8, 12 p.m. EST
Set to host the NCATA Tournament from April 26-28 in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gannon enters the final weekend of the season with the highest national ranking in program history, tying a program record with its fifth win of the year against Alderson Broaddus on March 31. Quinnipiac enters the regular season finale with a 4-2 record after a narrow, 283.170-282.860 loss to Azusa Pacific on Mar. 13. Prior to the setback to the Cougars, Quinnipiac secured victories over Alderson Broaddus, King, Oregon and Gannon, crossing the 280-point mark on three occasions this season.
King at No. 8 Converse – April 11, 6 p.m. EST
The final meet of the regular season features a Converse program led by first year head coach Keagan Johnson, who has led the Valkyries to 3-4 record and a No. 8 ranking. Converse looks to snap a two-game skid on Wednesday against a King program that enters the meet with a 1-4 record after dropping a dual meet to Alderson Broaddus on Mar. 25.