Psychos Remain Undefeated: Stanford Invite
Another year, another rainy tournament in Stevinson, California. For the third consecutive year, Stanford Invite had been moved to Stevinson Polo Fields, causing lots of travel plans adjustments. For the UCSD Psychos, instead of driving 15 minutes to the fields, it took 2 hours. Despite having to go to sleep at dinner time and waking up at 5 am both days, the Psychos didn’t let that stop them and dominated the weekend with wins all across the board, making them the Stanford Invite Champions, two years in a row, and (as proclaimed by Ultiworld) Southwest Triple Crown Tour Winners.
Heading into Day 1 of the tournament, Psychos faced new competitors this season, BYU Chi (13-9), Texas Melee (13-8), and fellow California team, Stanford Superfly (12-10). With the rain starting at the start of the first game, the Psychos unfortunately were affected by the gloomy weather and had a slow rocky start to their day. Whether it was the early morning drive or the bad weather conditions, Psychos didn’t seem like the cohesive, talented, and strong team they have been all season, despite winning their games. Turns and breaks discouraged the team, but they still managed to get the job done. Heading into the second day, the Psychos did a complete 180 and came out on fire, energized, and pumped up for day 2 games: Colorado Kali (12-10, Quarters), UCLA Blu (13-3, Semis), and Carleton Syzygy (13-6, Finals).
As the tournament went on, and the psychos had a better mindset going into their games, the weather also started clearing up. They came with rainpants and left with sunburns lol. As the Psychos regrouped and got out of their own heads, notable players: Kelli “Krypto” Iwamoto was a reliable and consistent player all weekend long. Her explosive and aggressive offense kept the handlers playing as one and always kept the other team on their toes. Jaya “Epi” George and Katie “Doku” Kissner also had a pretty good weekend too. Their shutting down defense and run through D’s caused trouble for the opposing teams O-line. Ava “Raffi” Hanna contributed to both O-line and D-line. Her smooth handler movement and sick layout grabs on O-line and intimidating defense and layout D’s added to the Psychos victories. Overall Psychos, proved again why they are the #1 team in the nation this weekend, and look forward to new and more competition in Seattle, Washington for Northwest Challenge.
(As announced, the Women’s final was supposed to be broadcasted by Ultiworld but unfortunately, due to difficulties and circumstances, they decided to film the Men’s final instead. You could say we might have beef with them... BUT to catch play-by-plays of this weekend, go check out the psycho twitter for juicy details of all our games, brought to you by our very own Lauren “Linux” Hanna, expert tweeter!!! (@psychoultimate)