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By HPU Athletics. March 15, 2015 - 4:50 pm
The Hawai’i Pacific Acrobatics and Tumbling Team (2-1) took both ends of today’s tri-meet with host Quinnipiac (2-3) and Alderson Broaddus (2-2). The Sharks’ 275.590 dwarfed AB’s 256.710 and just edged QU’s 274.700.
HPU exacted some measure of revenge on Quinnipiac as the Bobcats spoiled last year’s second home meet and then knocked HPU of out of the national tournament at the end of 2014. The Sharks also beat AB last season, making the all-time series 2-0.
The Sharks performed each event second, with the home team going last. In the Compulsory Event, HPU and QU tied with a 37.15 both making up ground on AB (36.35).
HPU took the lead in the Acro Event, thanks in large part to a 9.9 score in Heat Two. HPU was not outscored in any of the three acro heats.
Hawai’i Pacific dropped a dime in the Pyramid Event to help tie QU and outdistance AB. The team of Amara Poquette, Nicole Saiki, Lexi Vincent, Joely Smith, and Melanie Hew scored a perfect 10 in Heat Two. It is the first 10 of the season and second in program history, the feat is even more impressive considering that four of the five players are underclassmen.
QU took the lead with slight advantages in the Toss and Tumbling Events, setting up a dramatic Team Event. The Sharks actually had more deductions in the final, but because the HPU coaching staff drew up a routine with a 107.39 starting value (QU had a 105.70) the Sharks escaped with their first ever road win.
“Tonight our goal was to beat ourselves (from the last meet),” said Head Coach Keenyn Won. “I think we did just that and got two wins in the process. This team is continuing to impress me and is improving with every meet. We had a few mistakes, but everyone continued to do it for each other and get as many points as possible in every heat.”
Photo by Eric Alcantara.