Grand Rapids - The Alma College STUNT team split its season-opening games, defeating Grand Valley 18-9 and falling to Davenport 17-9.
"It was definitely one of the strongest starts that we've ever had execution wise," said Head Coach Michelle Sabourin. "The girls had great confidence on the mat and made very few errors. We are excited to carry this momentum into the rest of the season."
Alma was comfortable throughout its match with the Lakers. The Scots led 4-2 after the first quarter, earning points in partner stunt routines seven, one, five and six.
Alma allowed a point to GVSU in pyramids routine one but took the points in routines three, four and five. It led 7-3 at halftime.
Alma continued to extend its lead in the third quarter, earning points in jump & tumble routines two, three and five. Grand Valley split the points in routine five and took routine four.
The Scots secured the win in the fourth with eight points over routines two, one and four.
Alma and Davenport started off tight as the two teams shared points in three of the four routines in the first quarter. They also split the points in the first routine of the second quarter, pyramids four. Davenport got the decision in routines six and seven while Alma got a point back in routine five. The Panthers held a slim 7-5 lead at halftime.
Davenport extended its lead in the jump and tumbles quarter earning points in routines five, two and six, while Alma forced a split in routine five.
Needing five points to overcome the Panthers, Alma shared two points with them in the first round of the fourth quarter; Alma got points in the partner stunt and jump & tumble sections of routine one. With the victory in hand, Davenport scored five of the game's final six points.
Alma's next tournament will take place next Sunday (Feb. 9) at Hiram College.