STUNT Wins Thriller in Semifinals, Finishes as Runners-Up

Credit: FloCheer
Credit: FloCheer

Norman, Okla. - The Alma College STUNT team finished as the runners-up in the College STUNT Championships on Sunday (May 5), falling 17-7 to Davenport University. The Scots had previously defeated Oklahoma Baptist University 14-13 in overtime in the semifinal round to reach the championship for the third straight season.

The Scots finish the season with a record of 14-4 and finish as the runners-up for the third straight year. This is the sixth straight year Alma has made it to STUNT Nationals — no other Division III school has made it once.

How It Happened

  • Alma got out to a hot start against the Bison. After dropping the first routine in partner stunts, it won the next three – six, five and one – outright.
  • The Scots kept that momentum in the second quarter, scoring a point in each routine thanks, in large part, to their basket tosses. OBU only managed to tie in the fourth round with the third pyramid routine. Alma won routines seven, one and two and led 7-2 at the half.
  • The Bison began to mount their comeback in the jump and tumble quarter, their strongest category of the three when they scored in each round. The two teams tied in routine three but OBU took the last three points to make it 8-6 going into the fourth.
  • Oklahoma Baptist tied the game in the first round of the fourth quarter, choosing and scoring in all three sections of routine seven; Alma scored only in the partner stunts section. With the score tied at nine, OBU called routine four for the first time all game. The Scots and Bison each earned two points with Alma scoring in the partner stunts and jump and tumble sections. The same happened in the third round – the two teams tied in the partner stunts section, OBU took the pyramids and Alma won jump and tumble. The score was tied at 13 after regulation.
  • Alma earned the victory after one overtime round, completing the first routine of partner stunts without fail to win 14-13 and advance to the championship.
  • The Scots had a quick turnaround in between their two matches while Davenport was coming into the championship game fresh. A half-hour after Alma won the semifinals, it was right back on the mat competing for the championship.
  • Alma won the first round of the game, partner stunts routine five. Davenport won the next two rounds, partner stunts routines six and seven. The two teams tied in routine eight to put the Scots down 3-2 after one quarter.
  • Alma maintained its one-point deficit going into halftime after tying the Panthers in the second quarter. They tied in the first and seventh routines, Davenport won routine eight and Alma won routine three. The Scots trailed 5-6 at the break.
  • The Scots found themselves in a hole after the third quarter when Davenport won each round outright. Alma trailed 10-5 going into the fourth quarter.
  • Alma scored one point to Davenport's two in the first round of the final frame, falling behind 12-6 and all but sealing the silver medal. The Scots would score one point over the final six routines.

Notables

  • For the first time in program history, Alma ran completely unmodified routines for the entire season. The Scots had previously ran modified routines when it was unable to execute the elite high jump and tumble skills, but senior Jilian Jegla ( Westphalia, Mich. / Pewamo-Westphalia ), sophomore Grace Kueber (Northville, Mich. / St. Catherine of Siena Academy), sophomore Tiffany Orin (Elkhorn, Wis. / Elkhorn Area) and freshman Brianne Elliott (Walker, Mich. / Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills) were all capable this year.
  • The program has an overall record of 54-27 over the past seven years.

They Said It

"STUNT Nationals was a battle from beginning to end and I'm so proud of what Alma College was able to accomplish. We fought for every single point and exemplified passion, unity, and tenacity throughout the entire weekend. The atmosphere made every single routine exciting, and it was such an honor to compete along side the best teams in the country."

- Senior Laura Kastler

"This team has definitely raised the bar for Alma College STUNT. They were able to take the mat with confidence and battle for every point. I'm so proud of the effort and the all-in mentality displayed throughout the entire weekend. They represented Alma College at the highest level and played big against some tough perennial opponents!"

- Head Coach Michelle Sabourin