The Rambler mockers expected heightened competition after their first two tournaments of the season. Their opponents in Kentucky and New York certainly delivered, dealing the Loyola Mock Trial program one of its more forgettable weekends in recent memory.
At the Kentucky Classic in Louisville, two Loyola teams composed entirely of first- and second-year mockers faced some of the top teams in the south. Team 1131 started the weekend 2-2, taking both ballots from Cincinnati and dropping two to Eastern Kentucky. Team 1130 started 1-3, losing two ballots to a Bellarmine team full of experienced mockers and splitting the round against a Furman team coming off a national championship appearance last year. The last two rounds didn't get much better. In round three, 1130 lost twice to the other Furman team at the tournament, and 1131 split with Vanderbilt. Round four saw 1130 end the weekend with a split against Rhodes, which gave the team a 2-6 final record. Team 1131 dropped both to another Vanderbilt team, giving them a 3-5 record.
The results were unfortunately similar in New York at the Columbia University Big Apple Invitational. The team started the tournament with Saturday rounds against Fordham and Cornell University. They dropped all four ballots on the day, which set up a round three matchup against NYU. After splitting the ballots in round three, the team then won two ballots in round four against St. John's. Their final record was 3-5.
While the results left much to be desired, the competitors' memories must be short; the Illinois State Invitational starts in three days!