The Wasabi men’s ultimate team and Strata women’s team traveled to Denver this past weekend to compete in the second tournament of ‘The Series.’ Both teams played in the Division I Regionals. The Wasabi men came up just short of the requisite top-three finish by clocking a fifth-place finish. Unfortunately, the fifth place finish ends the year for the men after a season that saw several ups and downs.
Texas A&M, CU Boulder, and Texas rounded up the top three. All three schools at least quadruple the size of CC. Despite a smaller pool of potential players, CC held tough with Division I opponents all season.
Wasabi ended the season with 18 wins and 14 losses. The team fell behind in the Regional tournament with a 5-13 loss to CU Boulder, a grueling 9-10 loss to Texas, and a final loss to Washington University. Because the tournament worked as a double elimination bracket, the final loss sealed Wasabi’s fate.
“Boulder won Nationals last year. We would have three chances to still make it if we had beaten them but Boulder is really good,” said senior captain Chris Van Dusen. “We were dead by the time we played Washington after those losses to Boulder and Texas. It’s hard to beat the same team twice.”
Wasabi had to overcome a number of injuries this weekend. “We sent four players to the ER. Two with broken collarbones,” said Van Dusen. “It’s hard to come back from that because we play six games in a row. Losing four people meant a lot of running for the rest of us.”
Wasabi is looking to build off this season’s successful campaign in the future. “We have a really strong freshman class,” said Van Dusen. “One of the kids is an alternate for the Team USA team, even. Next year is going to be a building year because they’re young but then the year after that will be great for them,.”
The Strata women’s team barely missed a top three finish. CC was jumped by Colorado, Kansas, and Texas and will fail to advance to the national tournament despite coming into Regionals with a ranking of 17th in the country.
The women garnered a second seeding in pool play but couldn’t use it to their advantage. Texas upended Strata twice in the tournament, defeating the women 12-13 in the first game and 8-10 in the final game to end their season.
Both teams are hoping to look past a tough finish and take some lessons from overall successful seasons. Acquiring a coach could lead to more success. “We’re the only competitive team in our region with no coach,” noted Van Dusen.