Sac State Debate team has success on both coasts!
Sacramento State’s Hornet Debate Team has returned home from a long and successful weekend of debate competitions on both the East and West Coast.
On Saturday, October 6th, six debaters traveled to the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College for its 50th annual Invitational debate tournament. Sac State had three students competing in the novice division and three in the varsity division.
Ayyah Al-jibouri, in her first ever varsity competition, finished the preliminary rounds with an undefeated record of 4-0, racking up wins against Chabot College, City College of San Francisco, and two wins against the University of the Pacific. Ayyah advanced to the elimination rounds where she finished the tournament in the semi-final round with a close loss to the eventual tournament champion from Chabot College.
In the novice division, both Zia Landis (4-0) and Avneet Uppal (3-1) finished the preliminary rounds with winning records and advanced to the elimination rounds. Zia’s undefeated record earned her a bye through the first round of elminations where Avneet won a quarter final round against Diablo Valley College. Unfortunately, due to the bracket, Avneet met Zia in the semi-finals and was eliminated. This set up a final round for Zia where she narrowly lost to Modesto Junior College, bringing home 2nd place.
Meanwhile, on the east coast, four Sac State debaters competed in the varsity division at Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania. This is the fourth consecutive year that Sac State has traveled to this tournament and we have had students advance to the semi-finals each year. This season was a bit different. Miranda Konoplisky, in her second tournament with Sac State after transferring from Diablo Valley College, completed the six preliminary debates with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses, racking up wins against St. Anselms College, Penn State, and the host Lafayette along the way. This record earned her the 5th seed in the tournament and a bye in the first round of eliminations. In the quarter finals, Miranda defeated Capital University, avenging one of her losses in the preliminary rounds. In the semi-finals, Miranda defeated the top seed from Penn State University, setting up a final round debate against Central Michigan University. This is the first time a Sacramento State debater has advanced passed semi-finals in this tournament, and Miranda didn’t stop there. In a very tough debate, Miranda won a split decision (2-1) to take home the championship!
Although the debaters compete one on one, every tournament is a team effort. The Sacramento State debate team is having tremendous success this early in the season due to cooperation and team work. We are looking forward to another great opportunity to prove ourselves at the Biggest Little City Classic on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno in a couple of weeks. Stingers up!