Racquetball players survive and advance at Nationals
March 15, 2018 | Minneapolis, Minn.
Five members of Liberty University's men's racquetball team and four players from the women's squad began competition in Minneapolis, Minn., Wednesday at the 2018 National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championships.
There are 182 participants from 32 schools from across the nation in this year's tournament, hosted by the University of Minnesota through Saturday.
"The facility is amazing with 12 courts with 10 courts having all glass back walls and two of the 10 also having all glass side walls," Liberty Head Coach Danny Rodriguez said.
The Lady Flames' four women's competitors are senior Sadie Abramowicz, who won her first match in the Division 1 Gold singles bracket before losing to the No. 2 seed in the nation to move into the Red bracket; sophomore Danielle Pearson, who won her first match in the Division 2 Gold bracket; junior Lindsey Marston, who lost her first match in Division 3 Gold singles play and dropped to the Red bracket; and junior Rebekah Olson, who lost her first Division 4 Gold match to slip to the Red bracket.
Abramowicz and Pearson won their first single-elimination match in Division 1 doubles before losing their second, as did Marston and Olson playing Division 2 doubles.
Among the men, senior Daniel Siebler lost his Division 1 Gold level singles opener to fall into the Red bracket, as did freshman JP Edwards, playing in Division 2. Edwards won his first Division 2 Red level match to advance to the quarterfinals. Senior Seth Jordan won his first match before losing his second in Division 3 Gold, moving into the Division 3 Blue bracket. Similarly, senior Jacob Simrell won his first Division 4 Gold match before dropping his second to fall to Division 4 Blue and sophomore Garrison Walker lost his first match in Division 5 Gold-level singles to slip into the Division 5 Red bracket. Walker also won his first Men's Intermediate Gold singles match.
Siebler and Edwards lost their first match in single-elimination Division 1 doubles before winning their second round in the drop-down bracket. Meanwhile, Jordan and Simrell teamed up to win their first match in Division 2 doubles before being eliminated with a second-round setback.
In the Coaches' Division, Liberty Team Manager Paul Messerly won two of his first three round-robin matches and Rodriguez lost his first round-robin singles match.
Complete results are available on the USA Racquetball website.