April 7, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - Baylor Competitive Cheer trailed after each of the first five events, but the Bears scored high enough in the Team Routine to overcome the deficit and beat Fairmont State, 277.2 to 276.794, in the first round of the NCATA National Championships on Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
"Since the last time we met Fairmont State, they have grown tremendously," head coach Karry Forsythe said. "They're a great team. Their increase in their starting values really made us have to up the competition tonight. I'm really proud of the girls, some really stepped up tonight. Our tumbling scores increased, as did our Team Routine, which I think was what actually helped us overcome that one-point deficit we faced for the entire meet and gave us the win."
Fairmont State held a slim lead after the first two events, outscoring the Bears 38.94 to 37.36 in Compulsories and 28.73 to 28.64 in the Stunt Event.
Baylor won the Pyramid event 29.25 to 28.75, but still trailed Fairmont State by more than a point, 96.42 to 95.25, at halftime.
The Falcons maintained their lead in the Basket Toss, outscoring Baylor 27.40 to 26.95, but the Bears trimmed the deficit with a win in the Tumbling event 50.18 to 49.17.
Fairmont State held the lead by a slim 0.71 points heading into the final event, but the Falcons were outscored by the Bears, 104.82 to 103.702, in the Team Routine.
The Bears' Team Routine score was enough to edge them past Fairmont, giving Baylor a 277.2 to 276.794 victory. It was the second time this season the Bears overcame a deficit by outscoring their opponents in the Team Routine. In a road match at Azusa Pacific on March 5, the Bears also trailed the whole way before clinching a win in the Team Routine.
Baylor advances to compete against top-seeded Oregon on Friday at 10 p.m. CDT in the semifinals of the NCATA National Championships.
"The girls are going to have to be ready to go tomorrow, give 100 percent and have the best game day we've had all season," Forsythe said. "Oregon is not ranked No. 1 for nothing. They've done a good job all year and they're probably the strongest tumbling team in the NCATA. With only 24 hours, we hope to prepare ourselves for the meet. The girls are excited and have positive energy, and we're going to go out there tomorrow and give it our best shot and hope for a win over Oregon."
The winner of Friday's matchup will advance to the Championship Round Saturday to face the winner of the other semifinal featuring Maryland and Quinnipiac.