Skip to content
Speech and debate trophy's

Pacific's Forensics team ranked seventh in the nation by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

  • Print

No argument: Pacific debate team is one of nation’s best

Steven FariasMar 25, 2016

As the regular season drew to a close, Pacific Forensics built a large head of steam going into nationals. At the regional championships, Pacific competitors took First Place in Parliamentary Debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu speaking on their way to earning First Place Overall in Team Sweepstakes nearly doubling the points of the next closest team. With their effort, the team was once again the Northern California Forensics Association Champions! To top it all off, Seniors Jonathan Bruce and Reed Ramsey were ranked 8th in the nation, Senior Evan Haynes along with Sophomore Dallas Phillips were ranked 16th, and Senior Noreen Javed and mid-year transfer Junior Paul Villa found themselves ranked in the top 50 in the nation out of 794 parliamentary debate partnerships. This was the first time Pacific has ever had two teams ranked in the top 20 at the end of the regular season!

All three teams qualified for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence-an invite only national tournament to the top 54 parliamentary debate teams in the nation. Unfortunately, the weekend only saw the team of Bruce/Ramsey break into the elimination round and finish in 31st place. Still, the team would not be deterred in its drive for national success.

The following weekend, Pacific Forensics took the partnerships of Bruce/Ramsey, Haynes/Phillips, Javed/Villa, and added Freshman Kayla Gerdes and Sophomore mid-year transfer Melissa Munoz to the National Parliamentary Debate Association's (NPDA) national championship. Hosted at California State University, Long Beach, Pacific Forensics would walk away with its biggest successes at the largest NPDA National Championship in years.

Forensics Team

Out of 165 partnerships from 54 colleges and universities, Pacific advanced all four teams to elimination rounds. The partnerships of Javed/Villa and Gerdes/Munoz advanced to the second elimination round and finished in the top 64, an excellent result for four debaters who only become partners two months ago. As for the partnerships of Bruce/Reed and Haynes/Phillips, they debated all the way into Sweet Sixteen round-making Pacific the only team with two partnerships in this round. Bruce/Reed finished 9th overall and Haynes/Phillips 16th overall! From the total team effort, Pacific finished Fourth Place in Overall Tournament Sweepstakes, the best the team has finished at the tournament since 2009. As a result of all their success over the year, Pacific Forensics was ranked 7th out of over 180 universities and colleges in the nation in the final season rankings!

As Pacific enjoys their excellence, they turn their attention to the National Forensics Associations National Tournament held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from April 14-18, 2016 where they will look to bring home more national prestige for the team and university.

Join University of the Pacific on: Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Youtube