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Oregon advances to NCATA championship meet against Baylor

Oregon acrobatics and tumbling coach Chelsea Shaw spoke numerous times this season about a fire brewing in her team. After falling to Hawaii Pacific 282.050-280.295 on March 27, Shaw said her team’s competitive fire had grown into a flame.

“It’s way more lit than it has ever been before,” she said.

Oregon used that fire to defeat Hawaii Pacific 283.495-281.325 in the semifinals on the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association Championship tournament. The Ducks will face off against Baylor in the championship meet at 4 p.m. (PT)

In the compulsory event, Oregon grabbed a 38.90-38.70 lead. Hawaii Pacific won the next two events to head into halftime with a 98.10-97.60 lead.

Oregon opened up halftime with a perfect 10 score in the two-element toss. In the total toss event, Oregon scored a 29.15 – its highest score in the event all season – to retake the lead.

The Ducks took advantage of higher starting totals in the tumbling event. Hawaii Pacific had equal starting values in two of the six heats, but had a lower value in the rest of the heats. The Ducks took the tumbling event by more than a full point to set up the final event.

Back when the two teams met a month ago, the situation going into the team routine was the same. Oregon had a slim lead. Hawaii Pacific outscored Oregon 101.10-99.27 in the final event to win the meet.

This time, Oregon outscored Hawaii Pacific 99.22-98.45 to win and advance to the finals.

Oregon – seeking its fifth straight national title – will take on undefeated Baylor for the third time this season in the finals. At Matthew Knight Arena, Baylor comeback to beat Oregon by more than a full point. In Baylor, Oregon lost by almost 10 full points, 284.245-274.640.

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Joseph is in his third year as a sports reporter at the Emerald. If you have any questions for the reporter, email Joseph at [email protected]