Bloomington, Ill. – The University of Central Missouri Mock Trial team competed in the Illinois State Invitational tournament Nov. 14-16.

The competition consisted of 32 teams from across the region including Ohio State University, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, Loyola of Chicago, and many more.

UCM finished 8th overall with a 5-3 record. Entering their fourth and final round at 5-1, UCM faced off against Miami of Ohio in the second place matchup, but fell 0-2. The round prior UCM faced off against Michigan State, taking both ballots (the judges decision and scoring mechanism for the competition) going 2-0 with a convincing point spread.

Seniors Andrew Serrone and Alana Caruso lead the 2014-2015 team with strong performances.

“It’s great to say that UCM went out and beat Michigan State. We get to say that, and I’ll never get tired of it,” Serrone, who acts as the lead defense attorney and plays a witness role for the plaintiff side, said. Caruso, the team captain and lead plaintiff attorney is pleased with the start to the year.

“After how well we finished last year we’ve set high expectations. Starting the year 5-3 and 5-3 in back to back tournaments is a good sign,” he said.

The team picked up where it left off after tying for first overall in their regional competition last season. Adam Sommer, the team’s second year coach and local attorney, is looking forward to what the team can accomplish this year.

“We have several returning members who are ready to go to the next level, and have the talent and will to do just that,” he said.

UCM goes to Omaha Nov. 21 and 22 for competition.

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