East Lansing, Mich. - Competing in the first-ever STUNT Varsity Championship game, the Alma College STUNT team fell to Davenport University, 14-13, at Jenison Fieldhouse on the campus of Michigan State University.
The game featured the top two varsity programs in the emerging sport of STUNT and kicked off the three day College STUNT Association National Championships.
The Scots (14-2 overall) entered the contest with a 12-game winning streak and split with the Panthers during the regular season, with each team winning on their own home floor.
Alma and Davenport will likely tangle again in the Open Division II championship on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, as the schools are the top two seeds in the bracket.
How It Happened
- Alma and Davenport tied in the partner stunts routines and were knotted at 3-3 after the first quarter. The Scots won the first routine of the frame - routine 7 - before tying twice and losing once in the remaining three performances.
- The Scots gained the lead in the pyramids section, outscoring Davenport 3-1 to take a 6-4 advantage into halftime. Alma won three of the four routines, including a victory in Routine 7 - specifically designed for nationals - to end the quarter.
- In the third quarter, Davenport took the lead after winning three of the four routines in the jumps and tumbles section to go up by an 8-7 margin.
- The fourth quarter provided plenty of drama as the Scots opened the quarter with a 3-0 sweep of routine 1 after two coaches' challenges to regain the advantage at 10-8. Alma then called routine 2, which was won 3-2 by Davenport to leave the Scots with a one-point lead heading into the final routine. Davenport called routine 6 and topped Alma by a 3-1 margin in the performance to capture the championship by a score of 14-13.
Alma is the top seed in STUNT Open Division II, and will face the University of Central Oklahoma at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. Davenport and Oklahoma Baptist University will square off in the other semifinal at 9 a.m. The winners will play at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, while the losers will square off at 2:30 p.m. The Open Division II championship will be decided on Sunday, with the winners of Saturday's second games facing each other at 2:15 p.m., followed by the championship game at 5 p.m.