The UNLV Dispute Team acquired wins and advanced to the elite eight of the season’s first tournament. 2 UNLV teams competed against a field of 115 rivals from prominent nationwide universities during the season-opening competition Sept. 16-18 at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Matthew Gomez, a senior government major, and Jeffrey Horn, a junior economics significant, finished the preliminary arguments with a 6-2 record, beating teams from Cal Berkeley (3 times), Kansas, Georgia, Northwestern, Emory, and George Mason University. The University of Kansas group that they defeated in the preliminary rounds went on to win the competition.
Horn and Gomez qualified for the elimination rounds as the 10th seed. They topped Cal Berkeley in the round of thirty two and Emory University in the Sweet Sixteen round prior to losing a very close debate in the Elite Eight round against a team from Northwestern University.
In the UNLV program’s recent 10-year history, this was the very best regular season nationwide tournament performance and establishes Horn and Gomez as one of the leading individual debate groups in the nation.
” This tournament was a game changer for our dispute program,” stated Jacob Thompson, the director of UNLV’s Debate Group “We are top-tier competitors. This team accomplishment was led by all of our students and training staff.”
UNLV was also represented at the tournament by Roman Kezios, a senior political science significant, and Reece Aguilar, a junior English major. Aguilar and Kezios ended up the initial arguments with a 5-3 record, defeating teams from Harvard, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Wayne State, and Cal Berkeley. Aguilar and Kezios got approved for the removal rounds of the tournament as the 24th seed.
“We have actually been working virtually non-stop because the start of August to prepare for this competition and for the upcoming season, and it’s fantastic to see that effort starting to settle,” Thompson stated.
Thompson has set the expectation bar high for members of the group. Ultimately, he states, the team is working to construct momentum for success at the National Debate Tournament (NDT), the championship game tournament for college policy debate.
“Our ultimate objective is to advance to the deep removal rounds of the NDT and to bring house a championship game to UNLV,” Thompson said.
The team competes next Sept. 22-24 at the West Coast Regional Season Opener at San Francisco State University.
About UNLV’s Dispute Team.
The acclaimed UNLV Dispute Team, established in 2007, has quickly grown into a nationwide powerhouse. The team concentrates on rapid-fire competitive policy dispute, contending in argument competitions held at universities across the U.S. Undergraduate students from any major can get involved on the team and develop their skills in public speaking, important thinking, research, and interrogation. The argument group is housed in the UNLV Interaction Research Department in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.
Find out more at unlv.edu/debate