After months of hard work and practice, the A team flew out to Denver, Colorado for the culmination of their season at the club national tournament. Three days of intense competition in the thin air of the Mile High City awaited them, but they were ready and excited. Day one began with pool play, but after some extremely close matches our boys in blue were only able to secure one win for themselves. Their hopes for gold weren't over yet though, as the pool ended in a 3-way tie for second. The UCSD boys had a best-of-one tiebreaker against Notre Dame to secure third place and continue their push for the gold bracket. After having just lost to them earlier in the day, our boys came out of the gate swinging hard and showed the Notre Dame guys that their win was a fluke.
Going into Day two, the Tritons played their challenge match at 8am as they continued to push for the coveted gold bracket. With a close fought victory our boys had only one final contest left to make it into gold. Two teams, two chances. All they needed was one win in the day 2 pool to secure themselves entrance into gold bracket for the following day. But alas, not every story ends happily. Playing better than they have the entire season, the Slam Diegans played 2 back to back games but fell short in each set by only a handful of points. Heartbroken, defeated, and with a number of fresh injuries, the A team fell to silver. Simply unable to find the connection they had earlier in the tournament they proceeded to lose their next two games as well and finished nationals at the bottom of silver.
As one season ends though, another is just around the corner. And while we will sorely miss our two seniors Jackson "Fire Me Up" McDonough and Chris "Plays Every Position" Shaffer for their skill and leadership both on and off the court, we are lucky enough to have an extremely young team that are already itching for another chance at nationals next year. We hope you are ready Kansas City, because one year from now the UCSD Tritons are coming to Slam It Up once more, and they refuse to accept anything but Gold.
The B team boys had a rough start as they played phenomenally in their first game, but still losing by a couple of points. The boys continued to struggle for the remainder of the day as they put their hearts out on the court, but couldn't finish the game off and lost every game by a few points. However, they weren't giving up without a fight, as they came out looking for blood on day 2. They came out guns ablaze and really put the SLAM in Slam Diego. The tritons played out of their minds and won all three games, without dropping a set. On day 3, they played with the same ferocity and won the first set handily against Florida State University. FSU came back swinging and barely clutched the game, knocking the Slam Diegans out of the tourney. Special shoutout to our seniors, Hunter Zeng and Zachary Colton. Thank you for your years of dedication to the club. It was an honor playing with you guys and we wish you the best! SLAM ON!