Collegiate 9-ball Champions Crowned at Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) presented the 72nd collegiate pocket billiards national championship at Indiana University’s IMU Back Alley on June 29-July 1, 2012. ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enhancing campus life. With 41 men and 23 women registered for 9-ball, 2012 was the largest field in the 75-year history of the ACUI Pocket Billiards program.

Delia Mocanu (Northeastern University) forged through the winners’ side of the Women’s division like a tiny freight train, winning decisive matches over Angelica Rudow (University of Arizona, 7-0), Melissa Chesky (University of Minnesota-Duluth, 7-3), Heather Platter (University of Florida, 7-2), and Cindy Ho (California State University-Sacramento, 7-5). She sat comfortably in the hot seat while Michelle Yim (University of Houston) handily defeated Jackie Sanchez (Barry University, 7-0), Morgan Bowles (University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 7-2), Miranda Blazek (Northern Wyoming Community College District, 7-2) before falling to Cindy Ho in the winners’ side semi-finals, 7-4. Yim then bested Jennifer Acierto (Virginia Commonwealth University, 7-5), Platter (7-5), and Ho (7-3) on the One-loss side to face Mocanu in the Sunday morning finals. In the first set, it seemed that Mocanu couldn’t catch a gear, falling to Yim 7-2. The second set, however, was extremely close, coming down to the final two balls. Yim jumped out to a 4-2 lead, but eventually Mocanu tied it hill-hill. In the last game, Mocanu narrowly missed the 7-ball to leave Yim a simple 2-ball run-out for the victory.

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) presented the 72nd collegiate pocket billiards national championship at Indiana University’s IMU Back Alley on June 29-July 1, 2012.  ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enhancing campus life.  With 41 men and 23 women registered for 9-ball, 2012 was the largest field in the 75-year history of the ACUI Pocket Billiards program.

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) presented the 72nd collegiate pocket billiards national championship at Indiana University’s IMU Back Alley on June 29-July 1, 2012. ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enhancing campus life. With 41 men and 23 women registered for 9-ball, 2012 was the largest field in the 75-year history of the ACUI Pocket Billiards program.

On the Men’s side, newcomer Matt Shilinski (University of Maryland-University College) was quiet but confident and steady as he took the hot seat with victories over Mark Muir (University of Illinois, 8-0), Brian Myung (Indiana University, 8-3), George Mansour (University of Akron, 8-3), Mack Harrell (East Carolina University, 8-6), Lee Nathanson (University of Maryland, 8-7), and Bo Jin (Purdue University, 8-6). Three-time ACUI nationals contestant Charles Barker (Weber State University), meanwhile, won his first three matches with victories over Cody Terry (University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 8-3), Thomas Smith (James Madison University, 8-3), and defending champion Raymond Linares (Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus, 8-6) before falling to Bo Jin (Purdue University, 5-8). On the one-loss side, Barker topped Harrell (8-3), Stephen Skvarka (Virginia Tech, 8-7), and Jin (8-3) to advance to the finals. The true double-elimination playoff match was a suspenseful, neck-and-neck race from start to finish. Shilinski came out on top, 8-7, to take the 2012 title in a single set.

The winners of this year’s Sportsmanship awards were:

Jennifer Acierto, Virginia Commonwealth University
Brian Myung, Indiana University

And finally, the 2012 winners of the annual break contest were:

Will Hill, East Texas Baptist University (21)
Amanda Neal, Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana (15)

Top 8 complete standings (scholarship money is awarded to the top 4):

Women’s Division:
1 Michelle Yim, University of Houston
2 Delia Mocanu, Northeastern University
3 Cindy Ho, California State University – Sacramento
4 Heather Platter, University of Florida
5/6 Jennifer Acierto, Virginia Commonwealth University
5/6 Angelica Rudow, University of Arizona
7/8 Giovanni Aviles, University of Illinois – Chicago
7/8 Amanda Neal, Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana

Men’s Division:
1 Matt Shilinski, University of Maryland – University College
2 Charles Barker, Weber State University
3 Bo Jin, Purdue University
4 Stephen Skvarka, Virginia Tech
5/6 Lee Nathanson, University of Maryland
5/6 Mackenzie “Mack” Harrell, East Carolina University
7/8 Raymond Linares, Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus
7/8 Ryan Kuhlmann, University of Minnesota – Duluth

For additional information about the ACUI 9-ball Championships, visit www.acui.org/billiards or the Facebook groups “ACUI 9-ball” and “2012 ACUI 9-ball Championships.”

All photos were taken by Lissette Chaparro

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