April 12, 2014
Baylor Acrobatics & Tumbling (2-4) fell on Senior Night to the Azusa Pacific University Cougars (5-2) 280.875-277.955 Saturday evening at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
To begin the meet, the Bears started off strong, taking the Compulsory Event 38.15-38.10. In the Acro Event, Azusa Pacific began to take over, causing Baylor to fall behind 66.85-66.60. In the final event before the half, the Pyramid Event, Baylor fell behind a little more 96.15-95.75.
After the half, the Cougars continued their dominance over the Bears in the Toss Event 125.05-123.95. Baylor then bounced back, taking Tumbling Event and closing the gap 182.175-181.575.
In the final event of the night, the Team Routine, the Bear's weren't able to overcome mistakes, falling to Azusa Pacific 280.875-277.955.
During the meet, Baylor A&T recognized its eight graduating seniors: Deonka Ceaser, Hailey Cowan, Katya Finta, Lynn Herbst, Tori Jackson, Ginger Plemmons, Kristie Serrano and Lori Williamson.
The Bears took the Compulsory Event 38.15-38.10.
Within the Compulsory Event, the Toss team of Keegan Johnson, Deonka Ceaser, Kelci Ortiz, Tori Jackson, Katya Finta, Bresha Pierce, Brandi Hanford, Danielle Hardman, Britta Pierce, Lynn Herbst and Ally Cheatham won the heat with a score of 9.7 to Azusa's 9.6.
In the Tumbling Heat of the Compulsory Event, the team of Ally Cheatham, Lori Williamson, Courtney Pate, Kaelyn Cowan, Amanda Graceffa, Brandi Hanford, Ayana Taylor and Kiara Nowlin scored a 9.25 to the Cougars' 9.05.
The Bears took both Heat 1 and 2 of the Pyramid Event, scoring 9.8s.
Baylor took the Tumbling Event, winning the Double, Quad, Six Element and Open heats and scoring an overall 57.63-57.13.
STAT OF THE DAY
Freshman Kiara Nowlin scored a perfect 10 in the Tumbling Event's Six Element.
"I thought that the seniors did an outstanding job tonight, and I am so proud of them for really being leaders this meet. I think they went out there and gave their best efforts," said head coach LaPrise Harris-Williams. "The other team was better tonight. We had a lot of mistakes that we just couldn't recover from in the team event. When you're competing against another very competitive team with skills that are very good, there just isn't a way to recover from that."
The Bears will travel to Azusa, Calif., for the NCATA National Championships April 24-26, hosted by the Azusa Pacific University.
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