-First Published in The Mooring Mast–
PLU Ultimate Frisbee took Vegas by storm this weekend. The men and women of PLU Reign traveled to the two-day tournament Trouble in Vegas on March 2-3. The Women took first place and the men took fifth, with a combined record of 13 wins and 1 loss for the weekend.
Draped in sequined clothing, the women’s team stepped onto the field complex bright and early on Saturday morning, unsure what to expect from the tournament.
The women’s bracket contained 14 other teams from all across the country, with Lewis and Clark being the only team from the Northwest in the women’s division. The men’s bracket contained 26 other competitors from all over the country, several of which they competed against at their tournament in Riverside, CA in February.
Day one started on a high note for both teams. The PLU men’s team began the day with a strong start facing off with Cal Poly-Pomona. The men won their first two games decisively with scores of 13-9 and 13-4.
The women started off the day two crushing wins against the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of California, San Diego both with scores of 13-0.
Both PLU Reign teams ended the day on a high note as well, culminating day one with two more wins each and a record of 4-0 for the day.
Sunny skies and 72 degree heat proved to be a nice change of pace for a tournament in early March. However, day two brought some unexpected high winds of up to 30 mph.
At the edge of the Silver Bowl Field Complex, a Honey Bucket was overturned by the wind and a tumbleweed blew across a stretch of two fields. Unsuccessful throws upwind got carried sideways and across four or five fields.
Despite a disappointing loss to the Canadian U-23 national team, the men’s Reign team wasn’t discouraged. They turned around and won two more games despite the windy conditions.
The women’s team earned two hard-fought wins early in the day as well. The wind proved to be even more difficult as the day went on, sending discs flying in all directions.
The women’s team played its seventh and final game against a team from Ottawa, Canada. Channeling all of their final energy into the last game, the PLU women wrapped up the weekend with a decisive win with a final score of 12-4.
Claiming first place at Trouble in Vegas was the first national tournament win for the PLU women’s team since D-III Nationals in 2010.
So what’s next for these two teams? After an incredibly successful weekend for all of PLU Reign, this has further solidified both teams’ goals to take another stab at D-III Nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Fundraising efforts in the spring will be a deciding factor for the women’s team’s plans for Nationals. However, the Men’s Reign team has high hopes for their trip to Wisconsin and anticipates a successful outcome.
With Nationals a little ways in the distance, both teams are highly anticipating their home tournament that will be hosted on PLU’s campus for the first time this year.
Keep an eye out for Frisbee players swarming the PLU campus on March 9-10 for the PLU Men’s BBQ and on March 16-17 for the PLU Women’s BBQ.