April 10, 2014
WACO, Texas - Acrobatics and Tumbling (2-3) will finish the regular season at home and host Senior Night against the Azusa Pacific Cougars (4-2) Saturday, April 12, at the Ferrell Center at 6:30 p.m. CT.
"I think that this is going to be our toughest meet of the season because it is the final meet. Everybody has had the chance to hone in on their skills at this point that are really good for their teams," said head coach LaPrise Harris-Williams. "I think Azusa Pacific has, this whole year, been perfecting skills that they have been doing all season. We've had the chance to find the skills that work best for us. We both are going to pretty much be at the high point of our seasons, and it is going to be the best team will win."
This is the second meeting of the season for both the Bears and Cougars. Both teams competed in a tri-meet along with Hawai'i Pacific on March 18 in Azusa, Calif. where the Bears came away victorious in the final event of the night, the team routine. Baylor won the meet by .27 over Azusa Pacific.
"I think it is going to be a tough competition. I don't think we can go into it relaxed. We have to be focused and make sure that we are hitting our skills and landings. It is going to be the small things that add up in this meet," Harris-Williams said. "Both teams have skills that can wow the crowds, but it is going to be those little-bitty things such as feet together, sticking the landings and no additional movements on catches. It is going to be the small things that will be the difference in the meet."
In addition, the team's eight graduating seniors, Deonka Ceaser, Hailey Cowan, Katya Finta, Lynn Herbst, Tori Jackson, Ginger Plemmons, Kristie Serrano and Lori Williamson, will be honored during the meet.
"I think that it will be a very special night for this senior class mainly because they were the inaugural class and really helped establish the sport," Harris-Williams said. "They've been around since the induction of the sport and have seen it evolve so much. I think it is going to be a really bittersweet moment for them. They'll be ready to move on and venture out into the world and begin their careers. In the same sense it will be very sad to leave behind something that has been so close to their hearts for the past few years."
The Cougars are coming off of an impressive victory against reigning national champion Oregon Ducks on April 7. With the win, Azusa Pacific broke the Ducks' national record 31-meet winning streak.
"We are so excited about people coming out and supporting us the way that they did the first home meet. I'm excited for people to understand what acrobatics and tumbling is all about. I think that once you see it you become a fan for life," Harris-Williams said. "I think it is important that win or lose, we come out and showcase acrobatics and tumbling in the best way that we can, professionally and skillfully. I think we will do that. I think our fans are going to enjoy it and anxious to see what we will do. Our team event is almost completely different from what they saw last home meet against Oregon. I don't think that the crowd will be disappointed."
Up next for the Bears is the 2014 NCATA National Championships that will be held in Azusa, Calif., on April 24-26.
Watch the meet streamed live at Live Video