Weber & Hoffler Edge Kueffner & Sullivan to Win In-House Tournament

The Tulane University Debate Team held its first In-House Tournament of the season, pitting teammates against each other for a full day of debate competition on campus. Seven teams competed for four preliminary rounds with a break to finals.

The final round featured the team’s two varsity teams, Claire Kueffner & Madison Sullivan against Matthew Weber & Christopher Hoffler, a re-match of a close third round carried by the former team. Kueffner & Sullivan were Government, defending the motion “This house believes that Tulane should eliminate its football program” against Weber & Hoffler’s Opposition. After a contentious round including an ambitious counter-plan from Opp, they carried a narrow 2-1 decision.

Here are the top performers from Saturday’s contest:
1. Matthew Weber & Christopher Hoffler (3-1, winning finals on a 2-1 decision)
2. Claire Kueffner & Madison Sullivan (4-0)
3. Claire Wynne & Cassidy Moon (2-2)
4. Ren Allen & Matthew Klinck (2-2)

1. Claire Kueffner
2. Matthew Weber
3. Ren Allen
4. Claire Wynne
5. Madison Sullivan

Tulane Debate holds at least one In-House tournament each semester to sharpen their skills and give debaters an extra opportunity to compete without traveling. The team will next be in action in late October with a visit to San Jacinto in Houston on the 20th and 21st. Several important Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday practices are ahead to prepare for the competition and help develop all team members as public speakers and debaters. New members are always welcome!

Competitors and judges in the first Tulane Debate in-house tournament of 2017-18 line up on the iconic University sign in front of Gibson Hall, where the tournament was held. Left to right: Stephen Cortese, John Glover, Ren Allen, Matthew Klinck, Jasmine Davidson, Matthew Weber, Christopher Hoffler, Quinn Burke, Cassidy Moon, Claire Kueffner, Storey Clayton, Charlie Mendoza, Claire Wynne, Madison Sullivan, and Eric Strain. (not pictured: Lexi Frame)