Bishop O'Dowd debaters Shawn Cunningham & Anna Johnson shook off two prelim losses and came back to win the 2014 POI Debate Institute tournament at UC Berkeley by defeating Sonoma Academy debaters Jack Greenberg & Liam Kolling. 

Greenberg & Kolling strategize as Johnson delivers the MOC.

Greenberg & Kolling strategize as Johnson delivers the MOC.

Bishop O'Dowd debaters Shawn Cunningham & Anna Johnson shook off two prelim losses and came back to win the 2014 POI Debate Institute tournament at UC Berkeley by defeating Sonoma Academy debaters Jack Greenberg & Liam Kolling. Cunningham & Johnson successfully affirmed the resolution "U.S. colleges and universities should divest from Israel" and picked up the three ballots from judges David "Bear" Saulet, Artem Raskin, and Caitlin Walsh.

From left to right: Caitlin Walsh, David Saulet, and Artem Raskin adjudicate the final round.

From left to right: Caitlin Walsh, David Saulet, and Artem Raskin adjudicate the final round.

The exceptionally competitive tournament saw eleven teams divided into two groups, with the top three teams from each group breaking to elimination rounds. The top seeds from each group byed into the semifinal rounds with the next two seeds in each group participating in a partial quarterfinal rounds. The number two seed in one group debated the number three seed in the opposite group.

Maciorowski delivers her constructive speech in sems and Noel flows.

Maciorowski delivers her constructive speech in sems and Noel flows.

Group A's top seed was Sonoma Academy's Sierra Maciorowski & Logan Noel who dominated prelims with a perfect 5-0 record. The hybrid team of Campolindo's Thomas Liao & Bishop O'Dowd's Mackenzie Mills finished with a 4-1 record and the number two seed while Cunningham & Johnson was the group's number three seed with a 3-2 record. Sonoma Academy's Jack Greenberg & Liam Kolling and Bishop O'Dowd Lauren Choy & Nate Woods finished Group B prelims with identical 4-1 records with Greenberg & Kolling taking top seed by winning the head-to-head tiebreaker against Choy & Woods. Dougherty Valley's Nick Sawnhey & Edward Yu finished with a 3-2 records and Group B's number three seed.

Thomas Liao delivers a constructive during prelims. Partner Mackenzie Mills flows as judge Marco Zepeda looks on.

Thomas Liao delivers a constructive during prelims. Partner Mackenzie Mills flows as judge Marco Zepeda looks on.

In partial quarters Liao & Mills defeated Sawhney & Yu on a 2-1 split ballot with Artem Raskin and Caitlin Walsh voting for Liao & Mills and Nadia Perl voting for Sawhney & Yu. Cunningham & Johnson defeated Choy & Woods on a 2-1 split with Bear Saulet and Michael Dittmer voting for Cunningham & Johnson and Marco Zepeda picking up Choy & Woods.

Dougherty Valley's Edward Yu debates as judge Nadia Perl looks on.

Dougherty Valley's Edward Yu debates as judge Nadia Perl looks on.

Saturday mornings semis saw Greenberg & Kolling dropping Liao & Mills on a 3-0 and Cunningham & Johnson defeating Maciorowski & Noel on an identical 3-0 ballot. Both semis were judged by Bear Saulet, Artem Raskin, and Caitlin Walsh.