Racquetball team places well at first tournament at NC State
September 29, 2019 | Raleigh, N.C.
Liberty University's racquetball team posted two individual first-place finishes and earned one doubles team title at last weekend's season-opening Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Racquetball Conference (MACRC) tournament held at North Carolina State's Charmichael Gym.
"We were a small team compared to other schools, but they did pretty good," Flames Head Coach Danny Rodriguez said. "We have only two men and two women who have played before, and the two returning girls were new to the game last year.
Lady Flames junior Rachel Gay placed first in the women's Division 3 Red bracket, Flames senior Garrison Walker won the men's Division 2 Blue title, and sophomore Trevor Melton and Stephen Fitzgerald combined for a first-place finish in men's Division 3 Red doubles.
Gay also joined forces with senior teammate Malia Kramolisch to place second in women's Division 2 doubles, while senior Samantha Preston took second in the women's Division 4 Blue singles bracket in which junior Ivana Quintanilla placed third.
Melton also placed second in the Division 3 White singles bracket and Fitzgerald was runner-up in the Division 4 Red playoffs, while Walker teamed with graduate Daniel Seibler to place third in men's Division 1 doubles. Seibler also finished first in men's Division 1 singles play.
The Flames and Lady Flames hope to have a few more players represented at the next MACRC tournament, which is set for Nov. 1-3 back at NC State in Raleigh, N.C.
"We had two new players on the team last week who weren't able to play this past weekend, so we should have 10, for sure, at our next tournament instead of eight, hopefully," Rodriguez said, noting that he has extended the team's roster deadline to Oct. 11.
Liberty will compete in two more MACRC tournaments, hosted by UNC Chapel Hill, in the spring semester before traveling to the March 25-28 USA Racquetball Collegiate National Championships in Baton Rouge, La.