The Colorado College men and women’s Ultimate teams are competing in their respective regional tournaments this weekend. The regional tournament marks the second tournament of the Ultimate playoffs, known as ‘The Series.’ The Wasabi men’s team will need to place in the top three to earn a spot in Nationals, while the Strata women have already qualified.
“We need to upset Texas, Texas A&M, or CU Boulder to advance,” said senior captain Chris Van Dusen. “We have already beaten Texas once earlier in the year, and we know our team is capable of beating any team in our region so our confidence is high heading into the weekend.”
If the men fail to place in the top three, their season will end.
The Wasabi team had a strong start to the season. “We won the first tournament we attended and broke seed in the second tournament, placing us as a top-25 team,” said Van Dusen.
The team slowed a bit in the third tournament. “We had a poor showing at our third tournament which dropped us out of the top 25, but we are still confident in our abilities going forward,” he said. The Wasabi Men’s Ultimate Team is looking to rebound from the slower middle half of the season by earning a bid to Nationals.
The Strata women’s team is going into the regional tournament with a high seed ranking. CC is ranked 17th despite the schools relatively small size in comparison to the other Division I competitors. Because of the high ranking, the team has been given a power ranking bid to Nationals.
“Every region is guaranteed one bid, so if the region has more than one top-20 ranked teams, they can get a power bid.,” said senior Madison Andres. “We got the bid for the south central region.”
However, the team can still lose its bid if they don’t perform to their anticipated level. “It’s down to CU, Kansas, and us, so it’s really likely that we’re going back to Nationals this year,” said Andres.
Because the women were able to qualify for Nationals in 2014, the team has been invited to more tournaments with stronger competition. Over spring break, the team competed in the CenTex tournament against close to forty teams. “We only played in eight games because of the weather, but we went undefeated, so we placed ninth,” said Andres. “That tournament really boosted our rankings going into the regional tournament and we should keep having good showings.”
Both teams will be in action this coming weekend in Denver.