Menlo Mock Trial just returned from Denver, where MMT fielded two teams and both came home undefeated. This was Menlo’s first time sending two teams to the Providence Tournament, and the results indicate a great upcoming season for MMT.
Menlo’s A squad opened the tournament with a 2-0 ballot sweep over the C team from Middle Georgia Christian Homeschool Academy, a former Georgia State Champion. The team then turned to face Owasso, last year’s 2nd place Oklahoma Team and a friend of our program, where they eked out a close 2-0 ballot sweep. The team then had to play Florida powerhouse American Heritage’s A-Team, sweeping them 2-0; this was the 7th time we’ve played American Heritage at Providence (3 of them in Championship Trials). Menlo then split ballots (winning on point differential) with Nevada’s Faith Lutheran’s A-Team, a team coming off of a Top 10 finish at Nationals last year. Menlo A was recognized as the 3rd place team, and won the Professionalism Award, given to the team who earned the most points in the Professionalism Category.
Menlo’s B squad opened the tournament with a 2-0 ballot sweep over Bishop Guertin of New Hampshire (the state’s 3rd place team last year, and a former state champion). Next up, Menlo swept Lakewood-A, a former Providence Finalist and former CO State Champion. Next up, Menlo swept MGCHSA’s B-Team. And finally, Menlo split ballots and won on point differential over MGCHSA’s A-Team. Menlo B was recognized as the 4th place team; Libby Eggemeier (c/o 2021) received a 3rd place witness honor and Mara Lebovitz (c/o 2020) received a witness Honorable Mention.
Unfortunately Providence used a pure ballot system this year, with a tiebreaker of 4-round total point differential not head-to-head results. Because of this tabbing oddity, Menlo finished as the two sole undefeated teams at the tournament, with head-to-head wins over the eventual two finalists, but placed 3rd/4th. Georgia-A (2nd) and Faith Lutheran-A (1st) were extraordinary competitors and we’re honored to have gotten to face them in the semi-final round.
Libby was the first Freshman from Menlo to ever be invited to compete at the tournament, and she replaces Andy Parker (former World Champion) as the youngest to ever win an award at the tournament; he did it as a Junior. If not for Libby, Mara would hold the honor as the first MMT Sophomore to ever win an award at the tournament. Mara and Libby join Andy Parker (former Individual World Champion) and Mackenzie Bressie (former National Best Witness) as the only 4 to ever win awards at Providence for MMT.
Menlo’s 8-0 record at Providence extends its streak at the tournament to 23 rounds straight, dating back to the 2013 Finals when it lost to American Heritage. Seniors Ben Shaw, Tiffany Tam, and Makayla Conley finish 3 years of undefeated performances at the tournament as they now turn to lead MMT into the California season. MMT’s Varsity Squad next begins work on the California case, where they’ll travel for scrimmages throughout the fall and gear up for the next scored competition: The 8th Annual NorCal Mock Trial Invitational.