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LSUS Debate Team Places Second at IPDA National Championships

April 15, 2014

 

The LSU Shreveport Debate Team rallied from a 22 point deficit after the first day of competition at the 17th annual IPDA National Championship Debate Tournament but fell one win short of taking their third title in a row. In the end, it was the University of Tennessee at Knoxville who claimed the IPDA National Tournament title with a total of 115 points in the tournament. LSUS finished second with 113 points.

The 2014 IPDA National Championship Tournament was hosted by Middle Tennessee State on April 9-13th. There were more than 300 entries from programs representing 16 states at the tournament. After the first day of competition, made up of the two-on-two team division of debate, LSU Shreveport was 4th, 22 points behind the United State Military Academy at West Point. LSU Shreveport senior Chaz Coleman earned an IPDA National Championship Speaker title for his performance in the Team Division.

The second half of the tournament began Friday afternoon and consisted of individual debate rounds. The LSU Shreveport team more than erased the deficit from the first half of the tournament, but fell one win short as UT Knoxville took the title. The top five standings were:

1. University of Tennessee at Knoxville - 115 points
2. LSU Shreveport - 113 points
3. The US Military Academy at West Point - 102 points
4. Union University - 78 points
5. Whitworth University - 76 points

Trey Gibson, Director of Debate at LSU Shreveport said, "This was a very tough year and a very tough national tournament falling just 2 points short. But, I am very proud of our students at LSUS and how hard they worked and fought. All the credit should go to the Knoxville team and they put on an amazing performance in the elimination rounds." UT Knoxville won 72% of its elimination rounds to pull ahead of the LSU Shreveport squad.

Next year, the IPDA National Championships will be held at Boise State University in Idaho. For more information about the LSU Shreveport Team, please contact Trey Gibson, Director of Debate and Leadership Studies.