Friday, February 27, 2009

Update

Interested in playing women's ultimate at the University of Wisconsin this spring? The women's B team, Atropa, is a sick team open to all interested players, even if you've never touched a disc in your life! Contact Tim Debyl (tdebyl@hotmail.com) for more information!

If you're looking at UW-Madison as a possible school for the future and have questions about the ultimate programs please email Georgia Bosscher (gbosscher@gmail.com). We'd love to have you come check out some practices!

And now for a quick update on Bella Donna:
Trouble in Vegas
Trouble in Vegas was February 6-8 -- we started out our season taking second place to University of Washington. The weather was absolutely miserable all weekend, especially on Saturday with strong winds, tons of rain, and Wisconsin-like temperatures. This didn't seem to hamper the Bellas, as we dominated Friday and Saturday, beating UWashington in pool play 13-7 to finish up. Unfortunately Sunday started a little disorganized, with people warming up a different times, and games feeling a little unfocused. While we had no trouble cruising through quarters and semis, we weren't prepared to play a team on par with us by the time we got to finals. 
The game was close the entire way, but Washington was up most of the time, giving them the adrenaline boost they needed to keep taking risks and playing hard while we played pretty quietly, never taking the time to pump up and decide to win. It was an unfortunate 11-9 loss, with all of us disappointed and thinking through what could have gone differently. However, not winning our first tournament is a great starting place for the season, and has only given us more motivation to get better. 
Check out our highlight reel from the weekend!
One more thing about Vegas - the Madison B team, Atropa, went in seeded 41st and ended up taking 10th! All that with only 9 players at a 3 day tournament. Ballers. I'm predicting them taking the 3rd spot to Nationals this year.

Mardi Gras
Our next tournament, Mardi Gras, was February 21-22. While never a very high-talent tournament, it was definitely stronger this year with a few with bigger names like Michigan, Texas, Emory, Georgia, Dartmouth, and more that I'm sure I'm forgetting. We played smoothly all weekend, never loosing focus, and playing almost completely even playing time through semis. The girls were looking forward to finals against Michigan - a great team that we hadn't seen yet. While Michigan only had 14 of their players (which may have hurt them by their 8th game of the weekend), they played hard and smart, making us work on defense and offense. Bella rose to the occasion and came out firing, scoring upwinders just as easily as downwinders, and getting D's at the slightest opportunity. 
Emelie McKain had more layouts than the entire team during the entire tournament combined, seriously. The game ended fairly quickly 15-8, with the wind hardly seeming to factor in. We scarfed up our winner's king cake and got back on the bus to pick up the Hodags (also winners over Michigan on their side) and took the long, smelly treck back home, very satisfied and looking forward to the next tournament - which, incidentally, is Midwest Throwdown, March 7-8 in St. Louis, MO. 

Keep checking in! We'll be posting more regularly, I promise. Mainly because I won't be the one responsible.

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