BEREA — Kyle Ulliman of Westerville helped the Baldwin Wallace University intercollegiate racquetball team capture 2017 USA Racquetball national titles. Ulliman, a graduate of Westerville Central High School majoring in exercise science, was one of seven players on the men’s team.
“What a great privilege it is to coach such terrific athletes,” said Head Coach Tim Miller, who was inducted into the Ohio Racquetball Association Hall of Fame in February. “To be the best team in the nation is a great feat.”
The BW men dominated the competition, besting second-place Colorado State University by more than 500 points and topping third-place Oregon State University by more than 1,000 points. The men’s D1 title is the Yellow Jackets’ fourth and second consecutive. The Jacket men have also won 11 Division II national titles in Miller’s 27 seasons as BW coach. Six players also claimed either a gold, silver or bronze medal in singles.
“To have all our players make it to the finals in the gold divisions and become USA Racquetball All Americans makes me so proud of them. To win all three gold division doubles championships is unprecedented,” said Miller.
On the women’s side, the Yellow Jackets captured their ninth Division II national title, defeating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rowan University. The Jacket women have also won two Division I national crowns.
“Our women’s team winning its second straight Division II championship with three new players this year is a tribute to their determination to become champions,” said Miller. “I cannot be more proud of these superb student athletes. Thanks to Baldwin Wallace for its support in helping our Olympic sports be able to compete at the highest level.”
Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in 75 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.