The back-to-back defending national champion Baylor acrobatics & tumbling (6-1) team is set to face Gannon (3-4) on Thursday at 2 p.m. CT in the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championships in Azusa, California.
Thursday marks Baylor’s second meeting with Gannon this season. The Golden Knights came to Waco on March 26, and the Bears won that match 287.825-272.320. That loss by Gannon was the first of three straight to defeats to end the season, as they dropped their last two matches to Quinnipiac and Hawaii Pacific.
As for the Bears, they enter Thursday’s match on a five-game winning streak, which includes a win over first-seeded Oregon, 289.745-286.050. In addition to that victory over Oregon, the Bears have three other victories this season over NCATA tournament teams, including a victory over third-seeded and potential semfinal opponent Quinnipiac.
2017 NCATA Championship Schedule
(all times central)
Thursday, April 27
#3 Quinnipiac vs. #6 Alderson-Broaddus – 12 p.m.
#2 Baylor vs. #7 Gannon – 2 p.m.
#1 Oregon vs. #8 King – 4 p.m.
#4 Hawaii Pacific vs. #5 Azusa Pacific – 6 p.m.
Friday, April 28
Quinnipiac/Alderson-Broaddus winner vs. Baylor/Gannon winner – 7 p.m.
Oregon/King winner vs. Hawaii Pacific/Azusa Pacific winner – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 29
Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner – 9 p.m.