Racquetball teams lock up MACRC regular-season championship at UNC Chapel Hill
Liberty University’s men’s and women’s racquetball teams captured first and second place, respectively, and finished first in the combined team totals in the final Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Racquetball Conference (MACRC) tournament, this past Friday through Sunday at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“All the players did well with first- through fourth-place finishes,” Head Coach Danny Rodriguez said. “The team deserves a lot of credit for their hard work in finishing the year strong in the (USA Racquetball Collegiate) Nationals and in the (MACRC) Regional Conference.”
The Flames also clinched first place in the final MACRC standings with 4,812 points, followed by UNC Chapel Hill (4,623), North Carolina State (2,402), Virginia (2,187), JMU (1,885) and others. The Lady Flames (1,927) finished runner-up to NC State (3,189) and ahead of UNC Chapel Hill (1,276). Combined, Liberty finished in first place with 6,739 points, well ahead of UNC (5.899) and NC State (5,591), among others.
On Sunday, the Flames swept the top four places in Division 1 men’s singles action, with Evan Keener defeating fellow senior teammate Trevor Melton in the championship match and Seth Jordan beating fellow graduate Garrison Walker in the consolation final for third place.
Sophomore Joseph Dennis also won the Division 3 Red bracket for men’s singles, with freshman Andrew Cook winning the consolation final in that division, and junior Malachi Aviles claimed first place in the Division 4 Red bracket. Timothy Adams placed third in the Division 3 Gold bracket and senior Ryan Tomlinson finished fifth in Division 2 men’s singles.
In doubles play, Melton and Walker joined forces to place second in Division 1 and Keener paired up with Jordan to finish third. Adams and Tomlinson finished second in Division 2 and Cook and Dennis teamed up for a second-place showing in Division 3/4.
In women’s tournament play, junior Sadie Barham won the Division 3/4 singles bracket with junior Danielle Passburg defeating freshman teammate Paige Jordan for third place. Senior Ivana Quintanilla won the consolation final in Division 1/2 to claim third place. In doubles action, Paige Jordan and Barham defeated Passburg and Quintanilla for third place in Division 1-4 combined.