Former Oregon acrobatics coach leads Baylor over Ducks at home
EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team received their first loss of the season - and first loss ever in Matthew Knight Arena - on Thursday night, falling 279.77 - 278.825 to the No. 2 Baylor Bears.
The Ducks are now 3-1 on the season. The loss broke their streak of 11 straight victories over Baylor.
Oregon welcomed back former head coach Felecia Mulkey, who is now the head coach at Baylor.
Mulkey led the Ducks to four consecutive National Championships and an overall record of 39-2 in NCATA competition.
The Ducks jumped out to an early lead after the compulsory event, taking a 38.85 - 37.55 lead. Oregon added to their lead in the acro event, posting a 29.90 with a perfect 10.0 in the mix. Baylor posted a 28.70 and trailed by 2.50 points.
The Bears used the pyramid event to start their comeback, posting a perfect score of 30.00 when Oregon managed a 29.25. Halfway through the meet, the Ducks held a lead of 98.00 - 96.25.
Oregon performed well in the toss event, slightly adding to their lead, but Baylor used the tumbling event to come roaring back into the mix. The Bears outscored the Ducks 57.20 - 55.225 and entered the final event trailing just 181.875 - 180.70.
Baylor was nearly perfect in their team event, putting the pressure on Oregon, who had no room for error if they wanted to keep their No. 1 ranking in the nation. When all was said and done, the Bears scored 99.07 to the Ducks 96.95, solidifying a road victory by less than a point.
The loss ended Oregon's six-meet winning streak, dating back to their run to the championship in 2014. The Ducks will have a chance for revenge on April 12 when they visit Waco, Texas, to face off against Baylor again.
Oregon will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the year on Monday, March 16, when Azusa Pacific and Fairmont St. will visit Matthew Knight Arena at 6:30 p.m.