SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The top-ranked and three-time defending national champion Baylor acrobatics & tumbling team (5-0) took down the 10th-ranked Converse Valkyries (2-2), 280.125-266.555, on Wednesday evening at Hannah Gymnasium.
The Bears grabbed an early edge with a 37.70-36.50 win in the compulsory event and built on it in a close 28.65-28.25 acro event. After tying the pyramid event, 29.15-29.15, BU held a 95.50-93.90 lead at halftime.
BU came out of the break with a 28.60-27.00 win in the toss event. Then the Bears created major separation in the tumbling and team events, winning 56.925-52.175 and 99.10-93.48, respectively.
o Baylor is now 35-1 under head coach Felecia Mulkey.
o Baylor has now won its last 13 meets dating back to last season.
o Baylor is 11-1 on the road under Mulkey and has won six straight.
o Lauren Sturm tied a season high with a 9.825 in the tumbling open pass.
o Baylor set a season high with a 57.925 total score in the tumbling event.
o Baylor won or tied all but two of 20 heats (won 16, tied two, lost two).
o Baylor won five of six events, tying in the pyramid.
o Baylor scored a 9.25 or higher in each heat of the acro, pyramid and toss events.
STAT OF THE DAY
o Baylor has started 5-0 in three of the last four seasons.
"We did a good job of getting the win after a week off but we didn't execute as sharply as we could have. I was pleased with the way we attacked the tumbling event and finished strong. As always, we have room to get even better and will make some tweaks as we are excited to be back in front of our home crowd on Monday vs. Fairmont State." - Head coach Felecia Mulkey
The Bears will have a quick turnaround as they host No. 7 Fairmont State (3-0) at the Ferrell Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m. CT. For tickets to home events, visit: http://www.baylorbears.com/tickets/. For updates on the program follow @BaylorAcroTumb on Twitter and Instagram and @BaylorAcrobaticsandTumbling on Facebook.