Despite high hopes entering the Opening Round Championship Series, Loyola University Mock Trial's season has come to an early end for the second year in a row. With two teams at the Anoka, Minnesota, ORCS, Loyola hoped to rebound on last year's National Championship absence and re-start the program's previous four-straight Championship appearance streak. Unfortunately, that new streak will have to begin next year.
1141 came closest to grabbing a bid to Cincinnati, despite a first-round blow to California-Berkeley. 1141 drew the Bears in the first round and suffered a two-ballot loss (-10, -9), putting them in an early hole. The Ramblers recovered, winning all four ballots on Saturday against South Dakota (+4, +2) and Washburn (+6, +5) to set up a final round showdown against Colorado. 1141 needed two ballots to qualify, but failed to get one as they lost one ballot (-3) and tied the other. The 4-3-1 result put them in 8th place, but it wasn't enough. Six ballots were needed to advance, and the Ramblers just missed out. The silver lining for 1141, however, was winning the Spirit of AMTA Award. This award is the only peer-voted mock trial award and is given to the team who best exemplifies collegiality and fair play. This marks the seventh-straight season in which the Loyola program has won at least one Spirit of AMTA Award during the year.
1142 also came close to earning a bid, and things were looking up after round one. The team drew Creighton, and the round ended with two ballots in Loyola's favor (+13, +2). Things took a turn for the worst on Saturday, however, as 1142 lost four close ballots to Penn (-4, -3) and Drake (-3, -3), effectively eliminating them from the tournament with one round left to play. They collected themselves nicely and went out with a bang: two ballot victories against Gonzaga (+14, +12).
The losses in Minnesota mark the end to LUMT's Road to Cincinnati. Thank you to everyone who supported the program this year, we hope you will join us next year on the Road to Greenville!