No. 1 Baylor A&T Defeats No. 8 Alderson Broaddus in Opener

In its season-opening National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) competition, the top-ranked and three-time defending national champion Baylor acrobatics & tumbling team defeated the eighth-ranked Alderson Broaddus Battlers, 267.435-251.360, at the Ferrell Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Bears got off to a strong start in the compulsories, grabbing an early 37.75-35.40 lead and extending their lead after winning the acro event, 29.30-28.50. Despite faltering in the pyramid event, the Bears took a 94.95-92.25 lead into halftime. The Bears followed their strong first half by winning all three events in the second half, taking the meet by a final score of 267.435-251.360.

HIGHLIGHTS
*Baylor has now won its last nine meets dating back to last season.
*Baylor is now 31-1 under head coach Felecia Mulkey with three NCATA national titles.
*Baylor is 4-0 in season openers under Mulkey.
*The Bears won five of six events: compulsory, acro, toss, tumbling, and team.
*The team of 15 Bears scored an impressive 9.95 in the pyramid heat of the compulsory event.
*The team of Ceara Gray, Faith Spivey, Lauren Sturm, and Kaylee Adams posted a 9.90 in heat 3 of the acro event.
*Lauren Sturm posted a 9.725 in the aerial pass of the tumbling event.

STAT OF THE DAY
•The team of Ashley Echelberger, Gigi Mendoza, Kati Horstmann, and Allie Steele posted a 9.95 heat two of the acro event. Last season, the Bears never scored higher than a 9.90 in the heat.

TOP QUOTE
"We always hope to see constant improvement. We try to get better with every meet. We left a lot of room for improvement today, but you’ll see a better team on February 10, and even better team in March." -- Head Coach Felecia Mulkey

WHAT'S NEXT
The Bears will travel to Concordia, Wisconsin for a matchup against No. 11 Concordia. The meet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 p.m. CT. For updates on the program follow @BaylorAcroTumb on Twitter and Instagram and @BaylorAcrobaticsandTumbling on Facebook.