Team HEAD’s arsenal of young players showed its muscle once again at the 2010 USA Racquetball Intercollegiate National Championships, held on the campus of Missouri State University.
University of Alabama’s Sharon Jackson won her first National Collegiate Singles Championship. The win adds to Jackson’s (Shelbyville, Ind.) impressive racquetball resume which includes 16 National Titles, one World Title and the 2008 USA Racquetball Female Athlete of the Year award. Prior to matriculating to Tuscaloosa for college, Jackson was a six sport (basketball, volleyball, soccer, track, tennis and racquetball) star at Waldron High School in Indiana.
Jackson teamed up with fellow Team HEAD member and Crimson Tide teammate Kara Mazur (Avon, Conn.) to capture the duo’s second consecutive National Collegiate Doubles Championship. On top of those titles, Mazur won the 2008 USA Racquetball Women’s Singles College National Championship. She also holds a National High School title as well as several national and world junior championships. Jackson and Mazur lead Alabama to a second place finish in the Overall Team competition.
With her win in the Women’s Singles division, Jackson earns a one year appointment to the USA Racquetball Adult National Team pool of players. Players from that pool will represent Team USA at all international and world competitions, including the International Racquetball Federation’s World Championships this August in Seoul, Korea.
Taylor Knoth, a freshman at the University of Oregon, shook up the Men’s Singles bracket en route to a second place finish. Knoth (Milwaukie, Ore.) knocked off the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds on his way to the finals. Taylor’s racquetball career has amassed 15 National Junior Titles, 4 Junior World Titles and 3 National High School Titles. His finish paced the Ducks to a fifth place ranking in the Overall Team competition, the highest ever for the school.