Schreck claims Division 1 singles white bracket title at ASU
March 28, 2015 | Tempe, Ariz.
For their first time competing in the USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championships, the five representatives of Liberty University's men's and women's racquetball teams gained valuable experience and posted respectable showings, Wednesday through Saturday at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.,
Flames senior David Schreck had a difficult draw for his Division 1 singles matches on Thursday afternoon, when he was knocked from the gold to the red bracket with a 15-3, 15-2 setback to Marco Rojas of the University of the Pacific (Calif.) and from the red to the white bracket with a 15-5, 15-4 loss to Josh Greenwell of Utah State.
However, Schreck won his last three matches to capture the Division 1 White bracket title — going to three games to beat Bryant (R.I) University's Jay Noon, 15-3, 7-15, 11-4 on Thursday night and Clarkson (N.Y.) University's Austin DeMott, 15-13, 4-15, 11-10, on Friday morning before sweeping Army's Daniel Blaine, 15-10, 15-7 on Saturday morning.
In men's collegiate doubles, after losing to Arizona's Brent Johnson and Jovan Vance, 15-8, 15-5, in Wednesday's first round, Liberty's Division 1 tandem of Schreck and junior Eric Piering defeated Penn State's Brian Leonhardt and Jon Radolec, 15-4, 15-4 in Friday's consolation quarterfinals. They then dropped a 15-9, 15-5 decision to California-Berkeley's Michael Diaz and Noah Johnson in Friday night's semifinals before winning Saturday's third-place consolation match over Rochester Institute of Technology's Craig Cressey and Vincent Pan, 15-11, 9-15, 11-2.
Liberty's Division 2 doubles duo of sophomore Alex Ecker and senior Philip Brown lost Wednesday's first-round duel against Utah State's Derek Olson and Travis Barrus, 15-9, 15-9 before being eliminated by St. Louis (Wisc.) University's Alex Mikhailov and Brent Speizman, 15-2, 15-4, in the consolation bracket's round of 16.
Ecker lost his four matches in Division 3 singles — to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Kevin Mitchell, 15-4, 15-4, in the gold bracket on Wednesday; California-Berkeley's Kyle Raftogianis, 15-7, 15-4, in the red bracket on Thursday; and Utah State's Travis Barrus, 15-10, 15-10, and Northern Arizona's Miguel Olivas in the white bracket on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
At Division 4 singles, Brown lost three of his four matches — to Arizona's Matt Gatreau, 15-3, 15-2, in the gold bracket on Wednesday; Colorado-Boulder's Uri Venceslao, 15-1, 15-0, in the red bracket on Friday afternoon; and Northern Arizona's Oscar Vazquez 11-15, 15-8, 15-3, in the red bracket consolation on Saturday morning. In Thursday's first red bracket match, he defeated St. Louis University's Daniel Baehler, 15-9, 15-8.
Liberty's only women's contestant, senior Kawin Barnes, dropped her three matches at Division 1 singles—to California-Santa Cruz's Sage Pitcher, 15-8, 15-3 in Wednesday's gold bracket; California-Berkeley's Jessica Nevins, 15-4, 15-2, in Thursday's red bracket; and RPI's Victoria Flahive, 15-3, 15-12, in Friday's white bracket.
Complete results are available online.