Bruin Classic National Ranking Tournament
The story of this competition begins the Thursday before the competition began...The schedule for the weekend had been released and your UCSD tritons were ranked 15th. Way below what they were expecting considering their strong showing so far this year. The ranking lit a fire for the team which was determined to prove to the world the absurdity and disrespect of their low ranking. With that in mind, the tritons went into the first day of competition, after some all-night snuggles from a couple of the cutest dogs on the planet, ready to put in work. They played UCSB first who they beat at their last tournament, but the Gauchos' consistency defeated UCSD 2-0 in a close match. Despite the loss, the tritons came back to beat USF and Texas A&M-B with their high energy volleyball with some spicy play from the whole team, ending the pool with a record of 2-1. After what felt like light-years, the tritons played again that night at 6pm against USC, a team they also defeated earlier in the year. Once again, inconsistency proved to be the triton's downfall as they fell in a tight match to the trojans. Fret not triton fans, the UCSD team was still in the mix for winning it all.
Day 2 came and the tritons came to the gym ready to give it their all. After collectively going to sleep at 10 pm, the whole team was rested and ready to down the high flyers from the Air Force Academy. With an easy win, the birthday girl Rachael Robinson (she's 21 now) led the team to victory with serves like bullets and sets like butter. This win put the tritons into the gold bracket. The UCSD Lady tritons were to take on Santa Clara, a scrappy team with some heavy hitters. The tritons put up a massive fight with balls zipping back and forth and some spectacular digs from our digging machine Emma Choi. The tritons fell to Santa Clara with the second set score of 27-29. With that loss, the Tritons were out of the tournament, finishing 5th. The Tritons look forward to kicking butt and taking names at their next tournament.