Tornado set program bests, fall to Alderson Broaddus

Photo credit: Tessa Klingensmith
Photo credit: Tessa Klingensmith

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University acrobatics and tumbling team opened their second season on a Sunday against Alderson Broaddus University. The Tornado outperformed their best numbers from a season ago in nearly every heat, but the Tornado fell to the Battlers 272.185-262.405.

The Tornado (0-1) started the day by posting their best four scores over the last two years in the compulsory heats. King registered an acro heat score of 8.80, a pyramid heat score of 9.70, a toss heat score of 9.75 and a tumbling heat score of 8.15 for an event total of 36.40, also a program best. However, as they did all day, the Battlers (1-0) outscored the Tornado with a total of 37.90 points in the first event.

King followed that with a score of 27.45 in the acro event, posting a program best score of 9.50 in heat one before scoring 8.95 and 9.00 in heats two and three, respectively. The Tornado scored 27.45, a program best in the acro event while Alderson Broaddus scored 28.50.

The Battlers again slightly increased their lead in the pyramid event, scoring 29.15 points to King's 28.75 points. The Tornado set program bests in heat two and in the pyramid total score. At halftime, the Tornado trailed Alderson Broaddus 95.55-92.60.

Out of the intermission, the Battlers began to extend their lead in the toss event. King matched a program best of 9.25 in heat one, and ended the event with a total of 26.35. Alderson Broaddus scored 28.80 to extend their lead to 124.35-118.95 with two events remaining.

In the tumbling event, King turned in another stellar performance, setting program bests in five of the six categories. Tori Peterson and Tosha Banks posted a duo pass score of 8.050 to start the run. Lauren Wright, Kate Rivera and Maya Fuller followed with a score of 7.950 in the trio pass, and Courtney Harris, Ashlea Frison, Cassidy Davis and Emily Powers posted a quad pass score of 7.550. In the six element Banks posted a program best of 8.850 and Peterson set a program best of 9.025 in the open pass to give King an event score of 49.725. However, the Battlers scored 51.475 to extend their lead going into the final event.

In the team routine, King posted a program best score of 93.73 to finish with a total of 262.405, but the Battlers posted a team routine score of 96.36 to finish with a score of 272.185, clinching the season-opening victory.

King will be in action again on February 21 when they host Baylor University. The Bears were selected second in the NCATA Preseason Coaches' Poll. The meet is slated to start at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.