Submitted by: Judson Snook, Captain
The SHSU Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club traveled to Baton Rouge, LA on February 28 – March 2, 2014, to compete during the Mardi Gras Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Through this tournament, they had a strong start to their standings in sectionals, which eventually determines the top ranked teams in the nation. They were able to play against teams from all over the country. In their total of eight games, only two were against other Texas teams, one from University of Texas and the other from the University of Texas at Arlington. They played teams from Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. They were initially expected to get 16th overall out of 23 men’s collegiate teams. They achieved 13th place, which is the best standing they have ever achieved at Mardi Gras Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. They had a chance at 11th overall but lost in the second half against Tennessee Rhodes, who did eventually take 11th place. “We are proud of our standing, especially since we managed to stay ahead of several other large universities and teams, such as Alabama and Louisiana State University, and the University of Texas at Arlington’s A team, a long time, friendly rivalry,” commented Judson. The team reached out to former members, who advised them and helped them improve their techniques during practices. Michael Meyer, Justin Runnels, and Chris Tillman, all who continue to play for select teams around Texas, responded by suggesting new tactics; focusing more on drills and conditioning, as well as overall team strategy, in order to play more efficiently.
At the Mardi Gras Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, Deuce Ultimate broke bracket, demonstrating they are a competitive team. They made significant gains by networking with players from other teams. Through their style of play, and interactions with other teams, they were able to show that they were friends first and teammates second, all bound together by their love of the sport and their alma mater. They were able to bond with the other teams from Texas, such as UT and UTA. Several SHSU team members even had friends playing for other universities, opening the channels of communication between rival teams.
Lastly, the Mardi Gras Ultimate Frisbee Tournament presented a great opportunity for the SHSU Deuce Ultimate team to demonstrate their skills to larger competing universities and improve their chances of participating in future tournaments. Back