Liberty racks up eight first-place finishes at MACRC event
January 25, 2015 | Lynchburg, Va.
The 17 participants from Liberty University's racquetball team reaped eight first-place finishes in various singles and doubles divisions in the fourth and final Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Racquetball Conference tournament, hosted by the Flames this past Friday through Sunday at The Sports Racket.
Results from the four events, which have yet to be finalized, will determine the MACRC regular-season individual and team champions.
This past weekend's tournament attracted 71 players from nine schools. Besides host Liberty, it drew teams from Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Western Community College, VMI, Washington & Lee University, William & Mary, and Blue Ridge Community College.
Individually for the Lady Flames, Sadie Abramowicz won the women's singles Division 1-4 Gold bracket while senior teammate Kawin Barnes placed third. Abramowicz and Barnes teamed up to win the women's doubles Division 2 Gold title.
In the Division 1-4 Blue bracket, Sarah Bunyea finished runner-up and fellow junior Morgan Drake placed third. Bunyea and Drake also combined to win the Division 2 doubles Red bracket.
For Liberty's men, Seniors Jordan Kemp and Nick Gadsby placed first and second, respectively, in their Division 3 Gold and Blue singles brackets and later combined to claim the Division 3 Gold doubles title.
Ryan Evans won the Division 1-2 Blue singles bracket and David Schreck placed third before the two seniors joined forces to finish fourth in the Division 1-2 Gold doubles bracket.
Ryan King won the Division 3 White singles bracket and senior Philip Brown placed third in that division before the two teamed up to place second in the Division 3 Blue doubles bracket. Meanwhile, sophomore Michael Shealy claimed the individual title in the Division 4 Blue bracket and then paired up with fourth-place junior Kolton White to finish fourth in the Division 4 Gold doubles draw.
Freshman Phil Vorderstrasse placed second in the Division 4 Gold singles bracket.
Liberty Head Coach Danny Rodriguez and Brian Greene won the Alumni/Faculty/Coaches doubles division and Flames Assistant Coach Shawn Furman reached the finals of the singles bracket.
Rodriguez said qualifying players are now eligible to compete in the United States National Intercollegiate Championships, set for March 24-28 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.