Texas Tech Debate Team Tops This Week’s National Rankings By NPDA

The team currently stands as No. 1 in the nation, according to recent statistics.

Texas Tech University’s debate team currently stands as No. 1 in the nation, according to recent statistics released by the National Parliamentary Debate Association. As of the most recent calculations, Texas Tech holds the top spot in the country with 86.16 total points. Grove City College in Grove City, Penn., is in second place with 83.84 total points and Carroll College in Helena, Mont., comes in third with 75.50 points. Texas Tech’s full squad has appeared in the final round of nine parliamentary debate tournaments this fall, winning five of those debates. Brian Horton, a senior political science, French and geography major from San Angelo, and Adam Testerman, a junior mass communications major from Springfield, Mo., are Texas Tech’s top debating pair. They have won 47 debates and lost five. At their most recent tournament Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the University of California, Berkeley, Horton and Testerman won 10 straight debates against schools such as UC Berkeley, the University of Nevada and the University of Oregon before finally having their winning streak of 29 straight wins ended in the final round against Southern Illinois University. Advancing to the semifinal round at the Berkeley tournament were the team of senior political science major Nicole Brown of San Angelo and senior mass communications major Paul Williamson of Crosby, placing them third in the field of 63 teams. “This is a great accomplishment for this team,” said debate coach Joe Gantt. “These rankings reflect top-to-bottom excellence in our program. You cannot be number one without dominant teams at both the varsity level and the junior varsity level. It’s midseason, so we have many more goals to accomplish, but this ranking is a nice reward along the way.” For the national debate statistics, visit http://www.parlidebate.org/execsec/results10.phpCONTACT: Joseph J. Gantt, director of forensics, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1328, joe.gantt@ttu.edu