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UW Racquetball Club Team Competes in Colorado Tournament


February 25, 2009 — Members of the University of Wyoming's newest club sports team, racquetball, won several matches at a tournament last weekend in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Four UW players competed in the top division's double elimination bracket. Denver University and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs also competed in the day-long tournament.

UW's Erik Elgin from Riverton, placed third, winning three of five matches. Teammate Jacob Stutheit, Casper, posted the same record; Green River's Luke Brandjord split his four matches; and Michael Campbell of Rapid City, S.D., had a 1-2 record.

A round-robin format was used in division two competition. UW's Josh Jones, Lander, took second place with two wins and two losses. The team's first female player, Jade Stutheit, Casper, competed against her male counterparts, to claim took third place, also with a 2-2 record. Playing in his first racquetball tournament, Chris Cronick, Anchorage, Alaska, went 0-4.

"There was stiff competition, especially from Denver University, and our team competed solidly," says Lena Edmunds, the club's adviser/coach and UW AWARE Program coordinator. "All of the games were close and quite a few matches went to tie-breaker. Our team played a lot of racquetball in a short period of time and was able to maintain good fundamental racquetball skills throughout the tournament. I was proud of how our team competed."

Photo:
Court Return -- University of Wyoming racquetball club team member, Michael Campbell of Rapid City, S.D., prepares to set up the ball during competition last weekend in Highlands Ranch, Colo. UW's team came away with several individual victories. (UW Photo by Lena Edmunds)

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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