No. 2 Oregon def. No. 3 Azusa Pacific, 273.325-265.665
WACO, Texas – The University of Oregon edged Azusa Pacific in the first five events of the evening before using a strong performance in team event to gain some additional separation in the final score, 273.325-265.665, on Friday evening during the semifinal round of the NCATA Championships at the Ferrell Center in Waco.
With the victory, Oregon advances to Saturday's championship final to take on top-seed and host Baylor. The championship final is set for 6 p.m. (CT) inside Baylor's Ferrell Center. Baylor and Oregon competed in a home-and-home series this season, with the top-ranked Bears taking both meets.
Oregon turned in six scores of 9.70 or higher in the first half of the meet to open up a 95.175-93.425 advantage at the break. The Ducks took all by two of the heats in the opening half, highlighted by a 9.85 in the open pyramid, and a 9.80 in the compulsory toss.
Azusa Pacific outscored Oregon in the five-element acro and seven-element acro during the first half.
To open the second half, Oregon scored a 9.60 or higher in each of the three toss heats to win the event by a 28.90-27.75 advantage.
Both teams impressed in the tumbling event, with Oregon edging APU 55.30-55.20 in the six heats. Oregon took wins in the trio pass and aerial pass, while the Cougars outscored the Ducks in the duo pass and quad pass. The teams each scored a 9.725 in the six-element tumbling pass, and a 9.625 in the open tumbling pass.
Oregon stretched the final margin to 273.325-265.665 in team event, scoring a 93.950 in its final performance of the evening. The Cougars wrapped up their season with a score of 89.29 in team event.
No. 1 Baylor def. No. 4 Quinnipiac, 278.075-269.485
WACO, Texas – Top-seed Baylor advanced to its fifth-consecutive national championship meet and will compete for its fifth-straight national title on Saturday evening following a 278.075-269.485 victory over fourth-seeded Quinnipiac in Friday's second semifinal at the Ferrell Center in Waco.
The undefeated Bears took all but two heats in the victory, but each of the first four events were decided by less than a point. Quinnipiac outscored Baylor in the five-element acro (9.425-9.350) and open tumbling pass (9.700-8.925).
Baylor scored a 9.70 or higher in seven heats during the first four events of the meet to grab a narrow lead that would never be relinquished. The Bears scored a meet-high 9.875 in three heats during the meet, including the compulsory toss, inversion pyramid and open toss.
The Bobcats' performance was highlighted by a 9.850 in the compulsory toss, and a 9.80 in the open toss.
Baylor stretched its lead with a 56.275-54.875 advantage in tumbling before closing out its performance with a score of 96.950 in team event. QU scored a 91.710 in team event to wrap up the night.
The Bears scored a 9.525 or higher in four of the six tumbling heats to lead their charge late.