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Top-seeded Baylor University and No. 3 seed Quinnipiac will meet for the 2017 National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championship on Saturday afternoon after advancing through Semifinal Friday at the Hammermill Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Quinnipiac used a highlight-reel team routine to earn a 275.450-274.105 win over Azusa Pacific, while Baylor upended Oregon, 281.410-277.725 to earn its fourth straight NCATA Tournament berth.
No. 3 Quinnipiac 275.450, No. 2 Azusa Pacific 274.105
Trailing by less than a point at halftime, Quinnipiac used a 95.200 in the team event to edge Azusa Pacific by 1.345 points and earn its second championship berth in program history and the first since 2013.
Azusa Pacific led through each of the first three events and took a halftime lead of 96.175-95.400. Quinnipiac followed by shaving .125 points off the APU lead in the toss event, winning the event 28.800-28.675. Quinnipiac capped the toss event with a 9.95 in the open heat to set the tone heading into the second half. In tumbling, Azusa Pacific regained the lead by scoring a 9.70 or higher in each of its solo passes to score a 0.75-point event victory, earning a narrow, .725-point lead heading into the team event.
With a start value of 106.70, Quinnipiac scored a 95.20 in the team event, earning the victory with a 2.07-point differential in the team event to score the championship berth. Quinnipiac becomes the second No. 3 seed to earn a national championship berth in NCATA history with the victory.
No. 1 Baylor 281.410, No. 4 Oregon 280.200
After an immensely competitive first half that separated the two teams by 0.15 points, the Baylor Bears secured their fourth consecutive trip to the NCATA Tournament Championship with a 281.410-280.200 win over Oregon on Saturday. The latest installment of the long-standing rivalry peaked during a back-and-forth first half before Baylor took control of the meet in tumbling.
Oregon notched three heats above a 9.75 in compulsory to jump out to a .125-point lead before A 29.550 by Baylor in acro returned the lead to the Bears. The Ducks edged Baylor, 29.325-29.275 to reduce the Bears' lead heading into the halftime break. Oregon came closer to the Baylor lead with a 29.325-29.275 toss event victory, but Baylor scored a 9.85 or higher in aerial, six-element and open pass to increase the lead. Baylor secured the victory with a 96.110 in the team event.
Baylor and Quinnipiac will lead off Championship Saturday at 4 p.m. before the Individual National Championships begin at 7:30 p.m.