ACUI Nationals Kicks Off Play

Dozens of collegiate billiards and table tennis players from across the country are at Indiana University this weekend, when the Bloomington campus hosts the Association of College Unions International (ACUI’s) first combined Collegiate 9-Ball and Table Tennis Championships. These events are sponsored by the Association of College Unions International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enhancing campus life.

The Indiana Memorial Union will host the 9-Ball championship games in the Back Alley, while the table tennis competition will take place at University Gym. With 40 men and 23 women registered for the tournament, this year marks the largest field in the nearly 80-year history of the ACUI Billiards Program.

new acui billiards photo International Collegiate Billiards Championships Underway

Dozens of collegiate billiards and table tennis players from across the country are at Indiana University this weekend, when the Bloomington campus hosts the Association of College Unions International (ACUI’s) first combined Collegiate 9-Ball and Table Tennis Championships.

“It’s an honor to be able to host the national championships for collegiate billiards and table tennis, and we welcome these athletes to the university,” IU assistant coordinator of games John Bower said. “These events can be a great way to learn more about the sport, or to watch a talented player performing at the top of their game.”

To prepare to host the championships, the IMU purchased new billiard balls and recovered its 10 pool tables with a high-grade Simonis 860 fabric — in tournament blue, as opposed to its usual green felt.

Players representing more than 50 colleges and universities — ranging from University of Hawaii to the New Jersey Institute of Technology — will battle for the national title in a three-day competition. All players qualified at one of a dozen regional competitions to attend the event.

“These tournaments are a great display of student learning and community building,” said Marsha Herman-Betzen, executive director of the Bloomington-based ACUI. “Both of these are at our core as an organization and we are proud to continue this tradition as the sport grows and thrilled to host here in our home town.”
Competition games are open to the public, and free of charge. However, there is limited public seating space at the IMU for the billiards games. For additional information, visit www.acui.org/billiards.

Competition is underway as of 4:30PM Friday, June 29.

Men’s Division:

Cody Terry defeated Greg Marinelli (8-5)

Curtis Sawdon defeated Chad Roahrig (8-3)

Stephen Skvarka defeated Scott Maloney (8-4)

Wen Jie Wu defeated Ryan Baez (8-4)

Brian Myung defeated Eric McClure (8-4)

Jonathan Beehary defeated Jason Burns (forfeit)

Steve Holbrook defeated Jordan Baker (forfeit)

Jason Hoag defeated David Vuong (8-2)

then……

George Mansour defeated Cody Terry (8-6)

Curtis Sawdon defeated Nate Sweitzer (8-4)

Stephen Skvarka defeated Corey Sykes (8-7)

Wenjie Wu defeated Will Stem (8-7)

Brian Myung defeated Thomas Smith (8-4)

Juan Sanchez defeated Jonathan Beehary (8-5)

Ryan Kuhlmann defeated Steve Holbrook (8-2)

Cody Broadway defeated Jason Hoag (8-5)

Women’s Division:

First, the scores I did not have last night from the first two rounds:

First round: Jessica Jahn defeated Jennifer McCandless (7-3)

First round: Michelle Yim defeated Jackie Sanchez (7-0)

Second round: Miranda Blazek defeated Elizabeth Haas (7-4)

One Loss side match results from today:

Morgan Bowles (bye)

Jennifer McCandless defeated Elizabeth Haas (7-6)

Jennifer Acierto (bye)

Angie Braeutigam defeated Brittany Breedlove (7-6)

Tam Do (bye)

Amanda Neal defeated Samantha Tsang (forfeit)

Jessica Jahn (bye)

Angelica Rudow defeated Jackie Sanchez (7-5)

then…..

Jennifer McCandless defeated Morgan Bowles (7-3)

Jennifer Acierto defeated Angie Braeutigam (7-1)

Amanda Neal defeated Tam Do (7-6)

The men’s chart, with 40 players, from top to bottom, is as follows:

Dillon Scheive, California State University-Sacramento vs. Lee Nathanson, University of Maryland
Jason Hoag, Purdue University vs. Greg Marinelli, College of William and Mary (winner advances to play Will Stem, University of Maryland)
Corbin Coe, Appalachian State University vs. Will Hill, East Texas Baptist University
Corey Sykes, Virginia T Read more ...