Despite forfeiting nine matches by refusing to play on Sunday, BYU compiled enough points to recently win the World Collegiate Racquetball Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.
The combined men's and women's team lost only six of the 53 matches it played. It didn't play in the finals on a Sunday in April, because of a school policy of not competing on Sunday.In winning the championship, the Cougars upset two schools which have dominated intercollegiate racquetball for over a decade - Southwest Missouri State and the University of Memphis.
The BYU combined team consisted of six men and six women. The group won a total of 22 individual medals, the combined team championship trophy and the St. Onge traveling trophy. Among women, BYU finished first with 1,086 points. Among men, BYU took third with 941 points.
In the past, the teams that have dominated the national and world collegiate tournaments have offered scholarships to their players. BYU is unique because no scholarships are available to attract the nationally ranked juniors players. Coaches Sylvia Sawyer and Roger Flick have developed a team over the years through open tryouts.