In Chinese culture rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus, and man was there a wealth of fun and a surplus of sun this past weekend! Firstly, a big thank you to Valley of the Sun (VOTS) Ultimate for putting on such an amazing tournament! We couldn't have asked for a better way to start our competitive season, especially since it took place right in our very own backyard of Phoenix, AZ! Oh, and we got to debut our new Savage jersey's!
Right from the start the weather was fabulous, the bananas were bountiful, and the energy was absolutely buzzing as men's and women's teams from Colorado, Arizona, California, New Mexico and Utah all came out to play some high level Ultimate here in the desert!
By 9am Saturday morning the fields were full and the action was already far from disappointing as teams got right down to hucking! Wave after wave of team chants and supporting fans cheers could be heard throughout the spacious 17 field venue of the Reach 11 Sports Complex. As for Caliente, our first game was against UNM - the eventual champions - at 10am so everyone was COAT (Cleats On And Throwing) by 9am!
Our Saturday line up went like this:
10am vs University of New Mexico, Bombshells - Result: Loss 7 - 12.
1:30 pm vs University of Arizona B, Sirens - Result: Win 13 - 0.
3:15pm vs University of Arizona A, Scorch - Result: Win 9 - 5.
5pm vs San Diego State University, Gnomes - Result: Loss 7 - 8.
(Link at bottom of the page to see all scores & results)
After four long games of high level, competitive ultimate play and ladies from all teams putting their bodies on the line point after point and a tough loss on Universe, we ended the day 2-2.
Notable highlights included Jenna and Jada getting D's all day, Captain Cameron laying out left and right, Lisa's lovely long throws, and Sierra who finally got her layout catch after bidding numerous times earlier in the day! She wanted it and she got it...it was, in her own words, "Amaze!", you go girl! Also, shoutout to Alena who played in her very first tournament as a Caliente player! Woot woot!
Sunday proved to be shorter with two games but no less intense as we took on the eventual runners up University of Denver Hype at 10:45am and then the Northern Arizona University Gines in the Pines at 12:30pm.
After a close back and forth game, Hype came out victorious with a score of 9 - 7. Though Caliente brought on a heat wave for the second game to come out victorious against our beloved rivals NAU by a score of 7-5. Both games showed the determination, grit, and spirit that each team possessed and we enjoyed every minute of it!
There were plenty more amazing plays and moments had for learning over the two day span and we're so proud of how we operated as a team! We were able to implement a lot of what we'd been working on in practice leading up to this tournament which led us to play some really pretty ultimate on the field and finish 3-3 for the weekend!
This is just the first step in the right direction of working towards our goal of getting to Regionals, so stay tuned!
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In the meantime......stay spicy friends!
NYF full list of scores and results: https://play.usaultimate.org/events/New-Year-Fest-2020/
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- (February 1-2) President's Day Qualifiers in Los Angeles, it's coming in hot so be on the lookout for another recap!