From games in the car ride there, to long points and turf burn on the field, to streaming the Super Bowl on a phone to watch on the ride home - PDQ was a big buundle of fun! Not to mention the biggest Caliente sleepover to date as we invaded Cameron's house - thanks again Cam and fam, we love and appreciate you!
Playing back-to-back tournaments is tough but with seven games to play and twelve people, Caliente managed to muster up enough spicy energy to keep the fire and desire high each day! The SoCal weather didn't disappoint either- two sunny and 75 degree blue bird days on the UCLA campus made for baked conditions as the heat radiated up off the turf like an oven!
Thankfully though everyone had their custom Caliente Desert Towels to keep ourselves cool on the sideline - which was a major key to making it through the weekend!
Seeing teams like CSU Long Beach, USC, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley who we don't normally get to play was refreshing and enabled us to pin point a number of strengths and weaknesses that we'll work to improve on in the coming weeks. With that said, things that worked well for us were quick transitions on a turn as well as our zone offense and defense. In zone "O" we were able to swing it well and move down the field, but ended up missing out on key throws and catches in the final third just outside of the end zone. That proved to hurt us more than once when we needed to make those key conversions count to stay in the game and keep it from getting too far away from us.
Day 1 went better than Day 2 as we went 3-1, only losing to Occidental by two points in the very first matchup of the weekend. Day 2 turned out a bit differently as we went 0-3. You'd think that going 0 and 3 would put a damper in the mood right? Well, wrong!
Sunday actually brought out the best in our team - both in effort and attitude! Instead of focusing on just the end result of a win or loss, we chose to focus in on what we were doing well. Whether it was making full-speed sharp cuts, putting on a hard mark, or swinging the disc more often, we tried to play to our strengths.
Although dwindling numbers due to injuries and tiredness did take its toll on us after sometime,
it made us all have to dig deep and fight on. The Beatles lyrics, "we get by with a little help from our friends" comes to mind because seeing everyone encouraging each other to push through the fatigue and keep the vibes high despite the challenges was amazing and for sure the best highlight of the weekend!
Despite not coming away with the most wins, we couldn't have asked for a better team effort and attitude last weekend! We're extremely proud of the performance that was on display despite the challenges faced and can't wait to come back even stronger for the next tournament - which isn't for quite some time so watch out!
In the meantime, stay spicy friends!
- PDQ Results: https://play.usaultimate.org/events/Presidents%E2%80%99-Day-Qualifier-Women-/