BYU racquetball places third overall at nationals, women take first

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Leena Hwang
The BYU racquetball team competed at nationals Mar. 14-17. The men took sixth place and the women took first, for an overall third place for the team. (Leena Hwang)

BYU was well-represented at the 2018 racquetball national championships in Minneapolis Marxh 14-17, with the women taking first place and the men sixth, giving the team an overall third-place finish.

“BYU racquetball has been very successful over the years with many championships,” said coach Paul Snyder. “We haven’t fallen out of the top four teams in the nation since I (became) associated with the program in 1999.”

The women’s team won the national title by just a half a point over Northern Arizona and Oregon State. BYU had 921 points, Northern Arizona 920.5 and Oregon State 905.

Members of the women’s team also won five separate individual or doubles team national titles.

Below is the position breakdown and how each person performed. This year’s team also featured 10 All-Americans and multiple national championships.

Michael Goodman – Quarterfinals – Men’s #1 Blue Division
Nic Smith – 4th Place– Men’s #2 Gold Division – All American
Zac Brown – 4th Place – Men’s #3 Gold Division – All American
Lincoln Cluff – 4th Place – Men’s #4 Gold Division – All American
Jordan Ellsworth – 1st Place – Men’s #5 Blue Division
Spencer Bankhead – 2nd Place – Men’s #6 Gold Division – All American

Michael Goodman and Zac Brown – Men’s #1 Doubles – 1st Place Consolation
Nic Smith and Jordan Ellsworth – Men’s #2 Doubles – 3rd Place
Lincoln Cluff and Spencer Bankhead – Men’s #3 Doubles – 2nd Place

Krista Yourstone – 2nd Place – Women’s #1 Red Division
Emmalee Packer – 4th Place – Women’s #2 Gold Division – All American
Victoria Lionetti – 1st Place – Women’s #3 Gold Division – All American – National Champion
Chloe Durrans – 4th Place – Women’s #4 Gold Division – All American
Krystal Bowen – 1st Place – Women’s #5 Gold Division – All American – National Champion
Leena Hwang – 1st Place – Women’s #6 Gold Division – All American – National Champion

Krista Yourstone and Emmalee Packer – Women’s #1 Doubles – Quarter Finalists
Victoria Lionetti and Chloe Durrans – Women’s #2 Doubles – 1st Place – National Champions
Krystal Bowen and Leena Hwang – Women’s #3 Doubles – 1st Place – National Champions

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