Team 1142 left no doubt that Loyola University Mock Trial would continue its streak of Opening Round Championship Series competition. The team went 7-1 at the Joliet Regional, good for second place and a direct bid to ORCS. For the seventh-straight year (the entirety of the ORCS system), LUMT qualified the maximum amount of teams for ORCS competition.
1142 started the tournament against North Central College, earning two ballot wins off the bat (+4, +2). In the next two rounds the team faced both squads from Michigan State, which are coached by LUMT alum Scott Shimkus. 1142 got the best of the former Rambler's team, winning all four ballots in round two (+14, +1) and round three (+15, +4). The last round pitted Loyola against Wheaton College. The round ended in a split (+8, -3), but that was all LUMT would need. Their 7-1 record put them in second place and secured the bid to ORCS. 1142 will head to Anoka, Minnesota, for the next stop on the Road to Cincinnati!