Story Appeared in the Pueblo Chieftain on April 4, 2017
By: Joe E. Cervi
Contrary to how it appeared on paper, Carla Munoz did, in fact, break a sweat.
Munoz, a foreign exchange student from Chile, successfully defended her national title while representing Colorado State University-Pueblo in the 2017 USA Racquetball Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday in Fountain Valley, Calif.
Munoz, 25, gave up just three points in the first round, seven points in the quarterfinals, eight points in the semis and nine points in her 15-6, 15-3 victory over Melania Sauma of Tempe, Ariz., in the No. 1 singles title match.
"I think it was harder to win it last year than it was this year," she said. "I am just playing a lot better this year and it seemed like I was just better. It was hard, but not as hard as last year."
Munoz and Samantha Baker were second in doubles for the ThunderWolves.
"We only had three women, so we didn't have enough to win a team title," Munoz said.
Munoz, ranked No. 8 in the world by the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour, will represent her home country next week at the Pan Am Championships in Costa Rica.
"I have won a couple of medals in doubles in the Pan-Ams, but I feel good about singles this year because of the way I am playing," she said. "It would be great to medal next week."
On the men's side, CSU-Pueblo's Erik Garcia came up just short in his national championship match. He fell to Thomas Carter 15-8, 15-13 in men's gold No. 1 singles.
The Pack had two winners in singles. Brad Schopieray was first in No. 2 singles and Lukas Le won the No. 4 singles title.