SPOKANE, Wash. – The highest-ranked Gonzaga University team is not on the basketball court these days, but competes in the sport of the mind: debate. Gonzaga’s debate team has moved up to No. 8 in the nation in the latest coaches’ poll and No. 10 in the latest National Debate Tournament rankings.
“We are having a very strong year as reflected in the end-of-semester rankings,” said Coach Glen Frappier. Many of the differences between the two polls (below) are due to the fact that the NDT ranking is based on wins and doesn’t factor in the quality of competition. However, the coaches’ poll does take strength of schedule into account.
“Needless to say, we play a very strong schedule,” Frappier said.
The debaters are preparing for final exams next week before taking Christmas break. Their next debate is Jan. 3-5 at the University of Southern California. The Bulldogs’ last regular season tournament will be Feb. 4-8 against Kentucky. Then, it’s the district championships and the season-ending National Debate Tournament set for March 24-28.
Assisting in the coaching this season are Steve Pointer, Izak Dunn and Carly Wunderlich.
For more information, please contact debate Coach Glen Frappier at (509) 313-6663 or via e-mail.
5. U. California-Berkeley
13. Wake Forest
15. Georgia State
17. Kansas State
NDT National Rankings
11. U. California-Berkeley
12. Wayne State
15. Wake Forest
17. University of Missouri-Kansas City