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Ultimate frisbee teams continue to be competitive in tournaments

Ultimate frisbee teams continue to be competitive in tournaments

Ultimate frisbee teams continue to be competitive in tournaments
February 22
11:30 2019

The North Texas men’s and women’s Ultimate Frisbee teams have already began their tournament play for the spring semester. After a successful fall season of playing Ultimate, the men and women’s team prep for their tournament season this spring.

The women’s ultimate team captain Beryl Bils said the fall season helped the teammates get to know each other and build team play through practices and exhibition matches.

“We want to build everyone from the ground up individually,” said Bils. “That way when we’re all on the same page, we’re playing together as one team.”

The men’s ultimate team hosted their first tournament at the beginning of February. They went 6-2 and scored 32 points in a row without allowing an opposing point, breaking their team record for most consecutive points.

“Breaking that record was really exciting for us, especially with it being in our first tournament,” men’s Ultimate president Ben Meaders said.

The following weekend, the men’s Ultimate A-team flew to California to compete in a tournament with 40 teams, finishing in ninth place. Their next tournament will be held March 16-17, in which one of their competitors will be the University of Texas at Austin.

“We’re playing really well so far this semester,” Meaders said. “We have guys who are filling in roles for guys that have graduated and it’s good to see that.”

The men’s team will host the conference championship tournament in April, it will be the first time in the five years that the men’s team has hosted the conference championship.

The ultimate frisbee teams compete in the North Texas section, where they’ll be competing against other Texas teams in their own particular section in order to make it to regionals.

In regards to the post season, the nation is divided into regions and those regions, are divided into sections. After an ultimate frisbee team wins their section, they’ll move to compete in regionals in hopes of moving on to nationals.

In ultimate, even one point can make all the difference in the world. In the 2018 conference championship in Waco, the men’s team defeated Baylor by one point and advanced forward to the championship game. However, in the championship game they lost to the University of Texas-Dallas by one point.

“In tournaments,we’re the main leaders on the field,” Bils said. “We call out the plays and iterate what we need to focus on in-game. We’re looking to improve our players as best we can and tournament play helps us do that.”

The women’s ultimate team recently hosted a tournament in Denton. In the end, the University of Texas-Dallas came out on top after playing club teams from Louisiana State, Hendrix, Texas A&M and Texas Christian. The women’s Ultimate captain Michelle Guam coordinated and facilitated the multiple teams that competed.

“I want us to play better and individually I want us to become better players because that’s what makes games interesting,” women’s ultimate president Nina Moriarty said.

Next, the women’s team will play in the Mardi Gras tournament will be held in the first week of March in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Following that tournament, they will play in the Simtex Tournament in Austin, Texas, from March 23-24. Their opponents will vary from several collegiate club teams throughout the state of Texas. They’ll look to use this tournament season to improve player confidence in the game.

Featured Image: Trying to line up his throw, sophomore Garrett Davis pivots away from geography senior Austin Ferrari at practice in Fall 2018. Image by: Matthew Flores. 

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