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Ducks defeat Quinnipiac on the road for second win of season

Oregon acrobatics and tumbling won its season-opening meet on Wednesday and followed it up with a win at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut thanks to second-half domination from Oregon.

The Ducks beat the Bobcats 284.265-274.945 after trailing at halftime. The Ducks used a strong fifth and sixth event for the second win of the year.

“Today was a fun meet,” head coach Chelsea Shaw said in a release. “It went back and forth for the first four events, which is exciting for the sport. I was proud of our girls for the way they executed today and for making improvements on multiple heats from Wednesday’s home-opener. This team has a fire and a bigger goal that they are continuing to get closer to each meet.”

Oregon took a lead after the compulsory round. Quinnipiac (0-2) had a near-flawless second event to help the Bobcats outscore the Ducks and take a 97.15-96.85 lead going into intermission.

Following halftime, Oregon took back the lead in similar fashion to the way the Ducks did in the opener against Hawaii Pacific.

In the fifth event, tumbling, Oregon’s Taylor Galvin scored a perfect 10 in the six-element heat as Oregon took the event and held nearly a two-point lead heading into the team event.

The final event was one that Oregon dominated against Hawaii Pacific and it did the same in Connecticut. With a score of 100.94-92.97 in the team event, Oregon took the meet.

The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena to face No. 1 Baylor on Feb. 25. The meet will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.

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Shawn Medow

Shawn Medow

Shawn is an associate sports editor and reporter for the Emerald covering football, men's basketball, women's basketball, acrobatics and tumbling, track and field/cross-country and softball. He also hosts several podcasts, including a soccer podcast, on the Emerald Podcast Network. You can contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @ShawnMedow.