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TerpZag
04-02-2012, 05:18 PM
Gonzaga’s Debate Team Advances to the Final IV for First Time in University’s History


ATLANTA – Gonzaga University’s top debate team of seniors Leah Moczulski and Paul Kanellopoulos, both from Houston, has advanced to the Final Four in the National Debate Tournament happening today in Atlanta. This marks the first time in the University’s long and storied history of debate that a Gonzaga team has advanced to the Final Four.

It’s also the first time that three Jesuit schools have advanced to the semifinals. Gonzaga, a No. 4 seed in the tournament, is taking on top-seed Northwestern University. In the other tournament semifinal No. 2 seed Loyola University is battling No. 3 seed Georgetown University.

Gonzaga’s top team had secured one of 16 coveted first-round, at-large berths issued to the nation’s best teams. The Zags’ senior team is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the most recent coaches’ poll. The NDT, hosted by Emory University, started out with the nation’s best 72 teams.

Updates will be filed as news becomes available.


Gonzaga Article Link (http://news.gonzaga.edu/2012/gonzagas-debate-team-advances)

sittingon50
04-02-2012, 06:39 PM
Which Coach recruits the Houston area for the Zags?

Deserves a raise!!

TerpZag
04-03-2012, 05:51 PM
Congratulations to Leah and Paul plus the entire Gonzaga University debate team! Great job...


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Gonzaga debate Coach Glen Frappier and seniors Paul Kanellopoulos and Leah Moczulski.


Debaters Finish College Careers on Grand Note as First Team to Advance to Final Four


ATLANTA – Gonzaga University’s top debate team of seniors Leah Moczulski and Paul Kanellopoulos advanced to the Final Four of the National Debate Tournament late Monday before losing 3-2 to Northwestern University. Moczulski and Kanellopoulos closed out their college careers in grand style as the first team in Gonzaga history to make the Final Four. Fellow Jesuit school Georgetown University won the national championship.

The debaters, both from Houston, had secured one of 16 first-round, at-large berths issued to the nation’s best teams. Their season-ending finish coincides with their No. 4 ranking in the nation in the most recent coaches’ poll. The NDT, hosted by Emory University, started out with the nation’s best 72 teams.

“Well, it was a great run,” said Gonzaga debate Coach Glen Frappier. “Without a doubt this has been one of the strongest years in the history of our program and the most exciting of my coaching career. We will take a couple weeks off, say a proper goodbye to our departing seniors, and then get back to work preparing for 2012-2013. Go Zags!”

This year’s Final Four of collegiate debate also marked the first time three Jesuit schools have advanced to the semifinals. In addition to Gonzaga, a No. 4 seed in the tournament, the two other Jesuit schools that advanced to the Final Four were No. 2 seed Loyola Marymount University and No. 3 seed Georgetown.

Gonzaga’s freshman team of Alexis Kostun, from Austin, Texas, and Spokane’s Jordon Newton also competed in the National Debate Tournament after finishing in the top three at the district’s qualifying tourney at Weber State University.

This marked the 16th consecutive year Gonzaga has qualified at least one team for the NDT and underscores the consistent excellence that has become a hallmark of the program....

Gonzaga University News Service Link (http://news.gonzaga.edu/2012/gonzagas-debate-team-advances)

Zag 77
04-03-2012, 07:40 PM
This is something that all GU alums and the GU community can be very proud of. I realize they will not get the spotlight that sports do, but this is just as hard to acheive as any intercollegiate athletic championship.

Job well done, Leah & Paul !