March 28, 2014
WACO, Texas - Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling (2-2) will compete at home for the first time this season against the Oregon Ducks (8-0) Saturday, March 29, at the Ferrell Center at 6:30 p.m. CT. This is the second meeting of the season for both the Bears and Ducks.
"For the entire team, this will be first time the team has competed together as a whole. When we travel we are only able to travel 28 athletes," said head coach LaPrise Harris-Williams. "I think just being at home, having the same routine that you do every day, having the support of the full team and the support of the fans here at Baylor and in Waco will be great. It's going to feel good to compete at home in a friendly environment."
Baylor is coming off of an exciting tri-meet victory against Azusa Pacific and Hawai'i Pacific on March 17 at Azusa, Calif. The Bears took the meet in the final event, the Team Routine, after being in second place behind Azusa Pacific for the entire meet.
"They are extremely motivated. It's hard to contain them from practice to practice," Harris-Williams said. "I think that those two wins that we had last week were much needed. Winning always motivates athletes, so it has given them that little push to remind them that we are doing what we need to do. Our skills are making a difference and that their hard work is starting to pay off. Going into this meet, we try to treat every single competition like a new beginning. Our expectations are to perform our skills well, set goals that we can accomplish."
The Ducks have won seven-straight meets since competing against Baylor in both teams' season openers on Feb. 13 in Eugene, Ore. They have participated in two tri-meets and one regular meet since their victory against the Bears.
"The name of the game with this sport is flexibility. We've had to be very flexible and creative coming up with skills meet to meet," Harris-Williams said. "We haven't had the chance to really solidly practice skills for weeks at a time, but it's okay because everybody is doing the same thing in this sport. I think going into this meet we are more prepared because the skills that we have selected for this meet are more stable for our team. We have a better set of skills that we will compete with in front of the fans. I don't think that the girls are nervous at all. I think they are ready to go out and show everyone what they have worked so hard on all year."
The Bears will finish the 2014 regular season at home against Azusa Pacific on Saturday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The 2014 NCATA National Championships will be held in Azusa, Calif., on April 24-26.
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