2016 National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championships Conclude

By Leo R. Vasquez | April 03, 2016, 7:48 p.m. (ET)
ROJAS AND MUNOZ WIN GOLD



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  

Marco Rojas and Carla Muñoz Take Singles Titles at the

2016 U.S. National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championships

Oregon State Wins Ninth Consecutive Overall Team Championship

Tempe, Ariz. – Marco Rojas of Stockton, Calif., of the University of the Pacific, and Carla Muñoz of Livermore, Calif., of Las Positas College, have respectively won the Men’s and Women’s Singles titles at the 2016 U.S. National Intercollegiate Championships presented by Penn.

Marco Rojas, 22, currently ranked seventh on the International Racquetball Tour rankings, was the top men’s seed in the Championship after finishing as the runner-up in 2015.  Reaching the finals with relative ease, Rojas defeated fellow Stocktonian David Horn, of California State University-Hayward, in a hard-fought three-game final 15-5, 14-15, 11-9.  As a result of his win, Rojas earned a position on the 2016-17 U.S. National Team.

Rojas, along with his fellow University of the Pacific student Jose Diaz, 22 of Stockton, Calif., took the Men’s Doubles title and vaulted the school to a third place Men’s Team finish as the only two players.  Earlier this year, Diaz earned a position on the U.S. National Team by winning the National Doubles Championships with partner Jake Bredenbeck.

Carla Muñoz, 24, ranked 16th on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour and a member of the Chilean National Team, defeated defending champion Kelani Bailey, 22 of Shenandoah University in a close final 15-11, 13-15, 11-5. 

Bailey, as the top finishing U.S. citizen in the draw, again earned a spot on the 2016-17 U.S. National Team.

In Women’s Doubles, Oregon State University students Erica Lipski and Lexi York took the title in convincing fashion while leading the Beavers to a Women’s Team title and ninth consecutive Overall Team championship.

Singles Division Champions

Men

Women

#1 Player

Marco Rojas

University of the Pacific

Carla Muñoz

Las Positas College

#2 Player

Marco Rojas

University of the Pacific

Erica Lipski

Oregon State University

#3 Player

Kyle Ulliman

Baldwin Wallace University

Kaylie Bartholomew

Brigham Young University

#4 Player

Jeremy McGlothlin

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Kalie Moloney

University of Missouri

#5 Player

Ethan Slutzky

Baldwin Wallace University

Madison Myers

University of Missouri

#6 Player

Ryan Chin

Oregon State University

Jessica Smith

Brigham Young University

Doubles Division Champions

Men

Women

#1 Team

Jose Diaz/Marco Rojas

University of the Pacific

Erica Lipski/Lexi York

Oregon State University

#2 Team

Aaron Booker/Erik Garcia

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Madison Myers/Christina Hughes

University of Missouri

#3 Team

Daniel Herrera/Jonathon Levin

Baldwin Wallace University

Brittany Caldwell/Jessica Smith

Brigham Young University

Team Competition

Division I

Overall

  1. Oregon State University (1,995.5 points)
  2. Baldwin Wallace University (1,882.5)
  3. University of Missouri (1782.0)

Men’s

  1. Baldwin Wallace University (1,610.0)
  2. Colorado State University-Pueblo (1,341.5)
  3. University Of The Pacific (1,020.0)

Women’s

  1. Oregon State University (990.5)
  2. University of Missouri (925.0)
  3. Brigham Young University (787.0)

Division II

Overall

  1. Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (132.0)

Men’s

  1. Rochester Institute of Technology  (267.0)
  2. Clarkson University (166.0)
  3. Nichols College (162.0)

Women’s

  1. Baldwin Wallace University (272.5)
  2. Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (25.0)

About the U.S. National Intercollegiate Championships

Now in its 44th year, the U.S. National Intercollegiate Championships identifies the best players at U.S. colleges and universities.  The Men’s and Women’s singles champions earn positions on the U.S. National Team.  The team-based format of the Championship allows up to six men and six women from each school to compete in singles point divisions along with three Men’s and three Women’s doubles teams that identify Men’s, Women’s and Overall Team Champions.  The Olympic Format of the championship allows players of all skill levels to compete while ensuring that they play a reasonable number of matches and eventually play opponents of similar skill level.  A Conference Cup competition, which identifies a Collegiate Racquetball Conference champion, is also held within the Championship.

About USA Racquetball

USA Racquetball, founded in 1969, is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport. The organization annually conducts six national championships and sanctions hundreds of tournaments for players of all ages and skill levels. The organization also organizes the Adult and Junior National Racquetball Teams, oversees the Official Rules of Racquetball, administers National Player Rankings, manages a college scholarship program, and supports the introduction of new players to the sport.

Media Contact

Steve Czarnecki, USA Racquetball Executive Director, sczarnecki@usra.org

Website

USARacquetball.com


The 2016 USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championships presented by Penn concluded this past weekend on the campus of Arizona State University at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. The Championships drew nearly 220 players from all across the country that played in 62 divisions with 576 matches scheduled from March 30-April 2.

There were 40 universities and colleges competing for coveted gold medals as well as points for their school that determined Overall Team Championships as well as for Men's and Women's Team Championships.

In the Men's Collegiate Singles #1 Gold Division, Markie Rojas (University of the Pacific, California) defeated David Horn (California State University Hayward, California) in an exciting tie-breaker in front of a standing room only crowd. Markie came out and took game one 15-5, but the second game was the build up as David won 15-14 to send it in the final third, tie-breaking game. Markie would prevail in the end and win 11-9 to take his first National Intercollegiate Singles Championship and earn a one year appointment to the U.S. National Racquetball Team. Markie won double gold with his partner Jose Diaz (University of the Pacific, California) as they defeated Brad Schopieray/Jeremy McGlothin (Colorado State University, Pueblo), 15-8, 15-7 to capture the Men's Collegiate Doubles #1 title.

In the Women's Collegiate Singles #1 Gold Division, Carla Munoz (Las Positas College, California) defeated Kelani Bailey (Shenandoah University, Virginia) in a match that had the largest online viewers of any match, including the Men's final. Kelani came in as the defending champion and everyone in attendance knew she was ready to battle on the championship court. Carla would take the first game 15-11, but Kelani was not to be denied as her and Carla went point for point and Kelani closed it out 15-13 to set up the showdown. Carla came out with an early lead and never let up as she would go on to win 11-5 and capture gold and the crown of Intercollegiate Women's Singles Champion.

In the team competition where every match played at the Championships earned valuable points for their school. Oregon State University took home the Overall Team Championship as well as the Women's Team Championship. Baldwin Wallace University took home the Championship in the Men's Team. A complete listing of how all the schools finished will be published here soon as well as team photos.