UC San Diego Ultimate Frisbee Psychos Regionals!

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

This year Southern California received 4 bids for nationals. Psychos were placed 5th in the region and had to fight all weekend, May 29th and 30th, for the fourth bid to nationals.

Day 1: success. Our first game was against University of Arizona. Psychos came out strong and crushed 15-0. This moved us up to 1st place quarter-finals against UCLA. So far we were 1-2 this season against UCLA, but couldn’t pull out the win and finished the game 6-10. We got a bye and got to hangout in the shade and eat some watermelon while waiting for our next game against Santa Clara Rage. Psychos pulled out another W and killed it 14-5. Last game of the day was against SLO Motion. Psychos take another win with a final point consisting of a rookie line ending the game with a huge lead of 13-4.GO COOKIES!

Day 2: more success. The next few games of this day decide whether or not we go to nationals. Psychos needed to win ⅔ games in order to snag the last bid to nationals. First game was against Davis which we had a 1-1 record with so far this season after a windy Stanford Open. There were bodies all over the floor all game. Psychos zone offense was butter not margarine, and our cuts were like sliced cheese. Rogue played a good game, but Psychos win again 11-9. Next game was against UCLA again. Once again, Psychos could not quite figure out how to defend against their main handler, Heist, and ended up losing 6-10. Last game of day 2 was against USC which was the game to decide which team got the fourth, last, end-all, most important, and final bid to nationals. We start upwind on defense and end up taking half 8-6. Our twitter was blowing up with psycho and squid alumni all over the country cheering us on. The second half ended with Maria “Fluxx” Zavala throwing a flick to Dena “Chrome” Elimelech laying out in the end zone. Psychos are going to nationals for the first time in 10 years! The four bids for Southern California go to Stanford, UCLA, Cal, and UC San Diego.

Avery “Starsky” Jones

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UC San Diego Women’s Ultimate: Psychos at Sectionals

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

On the weekend of April 15-16, the UC San Diego Women’s Ultimate A-Team had their annual Sectionals game in San Luis Obispo. Every year, Division I Ultimate teams in the Southern California section battle each other to determine who deserves to go to Regionals, and ultimately, who deserves a bid to Nationals. At this tournament, the UC San Diego Psychos played against UCLA, SDSU, UCI, Claremont, USC, and UCSB.

The first morning, the Psychos played their first game in a windy match against UCLA. The Psychos started off with a point on offense, however, #8 nationally ranked UCLA came back with 2 points to take the lead. From there, it was essentially a battle to see who could handle the wind better. The psychos managed to tie it up after UCLA’s early lead, however, UCLA responded by moving the disc well and scoring 4 points in a row. Highlights include lay-out bids from Dena “Chrome” Eimelech, and hucks to break UCLA’s strong zone defense by rookie Samantha “Khaso” Wool. The final score for the game was 6-10, with the Psychos trailing slightly behind UCLA.

The UCLA game was the most competitive game that the Psychos would play that day. The wind began to die down, allowing the Psychos to dominate as per usual. Later that day, the Psychos played UC Irvine, with a final score of 12-0. Highlights include Maria “Fluxx” Zavala with multiple breaks as a handler, good defense by rookie Katie “Doku” Kissner, and a near Callahan attempt by rookie Quinn “Pigu” Fujii. The Psychos went on to win against SDSU with a final score of 13-1 and 13-0 against Claremont. Overall, the Psychos had a fun day, with 3 wins and 1 loss. After the UCLA game, open lines were called, including rookie lines in which long points resulted in the Psychos scoring.

On the second day, the Psychos again played their most competitive game first. The wind conditions were negligible, as the Psychos took on #16 nationally ranked USC. After the Psychos scored first on offense, USC responded with a score and a break. The Psychos kept their intensity up, and for the rest of the game USC and UC San Diego traded points back and forth. UC San Diego’s sideline was extremely loud and spirited, which enabled the team to keep up their high energy. Both teams played incredibly well, however, USC ended up taking half, and after going to universe point, they ended with the win. The UC San Diego Psychos played an easy game against UCSB next, and ended with a 13-2 win after calling two rookie lines.

Overall, the Psychos placed 3rd at Sectionals with 4 wins and 2 losses, and are moving onto Regionals. They will be playing in Roseville, CA the weekend of April 29-30.

 

Article written by Jasmine “Pyro” Simmons

 

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UC San Diego Psychos take on the Northwest Challenge

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

This weekend, the Psychos took on some of the best teams in the nations while freezing in some of the worst conditions they’ve experienced in their lives. 40 degree weather, pouring rain and a relentless wind made for frozen hands and shivering bodies. On Saturday, the Psychos faced Colorado, Virginia, and Vermont. Although they came up short in all three games, they played with intensity, bidding in the mud. Their fourth game was cancelled due to various injuries and sickness that affected the team, reducing their regular roster by 6 people. Sunday, the Psychos faced Georgia Tech and Washington. They beat Georgia 15-2 and Washington 12-11. Although they didn’t do as well as they had hoped overall, the Psychos gained invaluable experience that they will bring to Sectionals and Regionals as they fight for a bid to Nationals.

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President’s Day Invite: Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

On the weekend of February 18, the UCSD club ultimate Frisbee teams hosted their second tournament of the season despite some complications involving the recent storm. Teams from all over the country flew in to compete at this prestigious tourney, showing off all the skills they have learned so far. The whole tournament consisted of thirty-two teams, half men’s, and half women’s. For the women’s UCSD club team, this weekend could be wrapped up as a success.

Placed as the 12th seed (the expected result for our team) we had a lot of drive coming into the tournament to prove to other teams we were much better than 12th place. Throughout the three-day tournament, our team fought long and hard for each point, focusing on playing tight, aggressive defense. The first day, our team faced Northwestern (11-2) and Texas (7-8). The Northwestern game was full of energy, cheering, and a lot of learning for our new first year players. They got a lot of playing time and their defense improved dramatically over the course of just one game. The Texas game on the other hand had a more intense atmosphere. However, throughout the game, every player had strong sportsmanship, keeping the game competitive and fun.

 

The second day, our team faced Colorado College (11-4) and Brown (12-5). These were also games in which our rookies (first year players) gained a lot of experience. Not only that, but our rookies were leading the defense’s intensity, inspiring everyone on the team to work harder. Robin “Syren” Adams and Emily “Wannahockaloogie” Griesenbeck were exceptionally aggressive rookies leading the pack.

Our final day of the tournament consisted of games against University of Western Washington and Carlton. This day was lead by amazing plays from Dena “Chrome” Elimelech. From laying out to score, to diving for a defensive turn, to grabbing impossible falling discs, Chrome was playing 110% along with the rest of the team. Despite our best efforts, both games were lost by a single point. As devastating as the losses were for our team, it also inspired us to push ourselves harder so that the next time around, the game ends in our favor. We ended the tournament in 10th place, placing above seed, and walking away with positive experiences. Not only that, but with a cool new Presidents Day flag and some other new swag.

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UC San Diego Psychos at Stanford Open

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

UC San Diego had a tournament in Stevinson on February 11th and 12th. This tournament determines who gets an invitation to Stanford Invite. On first day, UC San Diego played against Lewis & Clark, Claremont and Cal Poly SLO. The Psychos took wins against Lewis & Clark, and Claremont with scores of 11-0 and 7-0. The last game of the day was against Cal Poly SLO. The wind had picked up, changing the gameplay and strategy of UC San Diego. After a few very long points, the Psychos won with the score of 7-2.

The second day was bound to become more difficult. Pool play was over, bracket play was about to begin. The first game on the second day, the Psychos played University of Chicago. The game begins with a few layouts and ends with UC San Diego winning 9-5. For the second game, the Psychos played Rexroth State. The wind had picked up slightly, and the Psychos put on some effective zone defenses. With a few tough points, the Psychos won with the score of 9-3. The finals were next, this game determine who gets to play at Stanford Invite on March 4th and 5th. This game was against UC Davis Rogue. The Psychos and Rogue had already played each other twice this season, each team winning once. The game began with the Psychos taking a 2-0 lead, but Rogue were not done. UC San Diego ended with their first loss of the tournament, losing 4-7 to UC Davis.

Overall, this was great tournament for younger players to gain experience and older players to perfect their game play. Catch the UC San Diego Psychos playing at the President’s Day Tournament at UC San Diego next weekend playing with and more experience.

Rebeca “Fasa” Ellis

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UC San Diego Psycho’s at Sean Ryan

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

UC San Diego Club Ultimate had their most competitive tournament of the quarter at Santa Cruz on November 12th and 13th. On the first day, the Psychos played three games. In the first game, the Psychos took the win with the score of 13-2 against UC Santa Cruz. In the second game, however, the score was much closer. The Psychos battled the USC Hellions for first place in their pool, but were defeated in a tough loss with the score of 7-8. For the last game of Saturday, the UC San Diego beat Sonoma State 9-5. Even with the loss to USC, the Psychos managed to be the first in their pool as a results of USC’s loss to Sonoma State.

To start their second day, UC San Diego beat SDSU 9-6, even with the zone defense that was played by SDSU. With the win against SDSU, the semi finals against UCLA Blu were next. With the lead constantly changing, the game against UCLA ended with a score 7-9 to UCLA. Last game of tournament, fighting for 3rd, was against UC Davis Rogue. The Psychos took half at 8-5, but ended up losing on universe point with the score of 11-12.

Overall, this was a great tournament for the Psychos. Every player improved since the beginning of the tournament and will be playing with more experience next week at UC San Diego.

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Kendra Fallon Memorial Tournament 2016

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

Hey Friends! If you’re wondering how the Psychos did at the annual Kendra Fallon Memorial tournament, look no further. The Psychos’ UCSD-A team went undefeated on the first day and took 3rd place overall, with only 2 losses to USC and UCLA on the second day. Games on the first and second day include wins over ASU, Utah, SDSU, CSU Long Beach, and Cal Poly SLO. For those of you who may not know, this tournament is the last tournament of our preseason, and is heavily used as a learning tournament for our rookies. It’s safe to say that they learned lots, and even got comfortable throwing a backhand defense on other teams.

Although we lost to USC and UCLA, both games were great learning experiences and were well fought. During the game against UCLA, a team that has been to Nationals many times, the Psychos kept the score within a one point differential. One of our rookies, Samantha “Khaso” Wool, even ended up getting two hand blocks on Heist! In the end, UCLA pulled away and ended up winning by 2, but both teams enjoyed playing each other.

Highlights of the tournament include Leanne “Muse” Go’s defense, as well as her amazingly placed hucks. She is constantly working hard on defense to force teams to turnover the disc. Another highlight that stood out from the last game of the tournament was when Maria “Fluxx” Zavala, who was handling throughout both days of the tournament decided to be a cutter for the last point. She caught a perfectly placed huck from Kelli “Krypto” Iwa to end the game against ASU and win third place for the Psychos.

We’ve been sustaining a lot of injuries lately, and hope that everyone makes a speedy recovery. Right now we have two players out due to leg injuries, two players out due to concussions, and one player with an injured hip bone. We want to thank the trainers for helping take care of us, and the alumni for supporting and coaching our team! Thanks for reading, and be sure to catch our next article from our first in-season tournament: Santa Barbara Invite!

 

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Jasmine “Pyro” Simmons

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Psychos Spotted Throwing Frisbees at UCLA One-Day Fun Day Tournament

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

October 23, 2016 marked the second tournament for the UC San Diego Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team. With over 50 players in total, our team divided yet again into teams X and Y to take on the surrounding competition. Our two captains, Maria “Fluxx” Zavala and Rachel “Rue” Ling, led each team composed of both returners and rookies alike. The whole tournament consisted of five games: three pool play and two bracketed games. Overall, the two teams fought long and hard but did not end up in the championship bracket.

To start the day off, team X found themselves facing plaid clad players with trousers and ties. Confused at first, we later found out that the team dressed under the theme of “dads” even going as far as chanting “Dad Beach!” instead of “Long Beach!”.  Their disguises must have given them some advantage, for they managed to take the game point and win by one. Despite this loss, the team turned it all around and came out victorious for the next three games against Claremont, UCLA X, and USC X. This winning streak came to an end when battling against SDSU Y in the wind.

Team Y on the other hand started off with a bang, beating their first two opponents, Occidental (12-1) and Claremont (11-3). After these exciting wins, the team matched up against UCLA Y, SDSU X, and USC Y.  Although we did not end up with the “W” for these last few games, there was no lack of effort.

With this being their second tournament, the whole day was dedicated to giving them the most playing time and experience as possible. For only four weeks of practice, our rookies exceeded our expectations.  Quinn “Pigu” Fujii and Marina “feta” Donaldson shocked us all by laying out for the first time and scoring. Madison “Dash” Tenny, consistently beat her defender deep to push our team closer to the end zone while Winnie “Kirby” Chen caught disc after disc in the end zone scoring over half of the points in one game.

Despite not coming out on top, this tournament was not about winning or losing; it was all about our rookies, and they did not disappoint.

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The Ultimate Start – UC San Diego Psychos at SDSU’s SoCal Classic

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

This past weekend, Oct 15-16, the Psychos went to their first tournament of the year with all their rookies in tow. The Psychos split into two teams–X and Y. On the first day, team X played four games. The first three games were in pool play, where they matched up against SDSU Y, SDSU alum, and Arizona State University. They lost these first three games, but grew as a team. They had one more crossover game against the University of Arizona. In this game, the returners Maria “Fluxx” Zavala, Dena “Chrome” Elimelech, and Kelli “Krypto” Iwamoto ran the show to bring the team their first victory.  The UC San Diego Y team, under captain Rachel “Rue” Ling took on Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and SDSU X. Using their rookies effectively they managed to win all of those games.

Team X beat SDSU X to start their second day, while Team Y played Arizona State University in a tight game, but ultimately won in the end. Both teams were into the semis and would have to play each other for a spot in the finals. However, the two UC San Diego teams decided to play a friendly scrimmage instead and combine to play a combined SDSU in the finals for a bucket with some foam on top. Playing two rookies on every line, the Psychos beat SDSU in a competitive game. To top it off, the Psycho rookie line took the final point against the SDSU rookies.

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Pres. Day Tournament

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

This weekend, for the first time this quarter, the Psychos had a tournament with a good weather forecast and welcomed 18 women’s teams from across the country to play in President’s Day Invitational Tournament.

The day started, earlier than usual as the Psychos had to set the fields, but that also means you’re the first to get to the bagels so it all balances out. After a solid warm up, the Psychos started their first game against Colorado Kali. It was a tight game, and both teams wanted the win, but some great defense from Jorie “Mako” Moore and a layout (diving catch) score from Dena “Chrome” Elimelech helped the Psychos take the game 9-7.

Sadly that was to be the Psycho’s only win of the day. As the next game vs. USC’s Hellions began the Psycho’s were up 7-4 thanks to some great work by the Defensive line, some excellent offense from Lizzy “Tote” Cowan and yet another layout score by Avery “Starsky” Jones. However, unable to hold on to the lead, the Psycho’s lost the game on universe point* 8-7.

The third game against University of Washington’s Element would determine whether the Psycho’s got first or last in their pool of 4 teams. After going up 4-0 at the start of the game, the the Psycho’s let Element back into the game and they brought the score to 5-5. A good deal of back and forth both teams scoring on their offensive points, Element took half 7-8 and scored the final point bringing the final score to 7-9. Shoutout to Maryjo “Koya” Sampang for some excellent decision-making on the field.

Day two started with the Psychos in the consolation bracket and some disappointed coaches planning to give everyone equal playing time for both games of the day. Oh and some skittles. Alisha gave everyone a valentine to cheer for. The day started with a game against Harvard’s Quasar and the Psychos go up to take half 8-4. Even though Quasar started to catch up a little bringing the score to 10-6, the lefty backhand from Julianna “Terra” Jordan and some excellent defense from Jasmine “Pyro” Simmons, the Psychos prevailed, 12-7.

After a long break, and some time spent scoping out the competition, the Psychos took the field against University of Florida’s Fuel, the coaches’ alma mater. The game started close with each team going point for point until Fuel pulled ahead a little 3-5. The goal was to win with the whole team, so even though the score was close, the coaches kept the lines open. The physical play flustered the Psychos at first, but not for long and Dena “Chrome” Elimelech, tall as usual jumped over five people to score bringing the game to 6-5 Psychos. Some more awesome plays from Erica “Tempo” Kaji, and the Psychos took the game 10-9.

Day 3 and everyone was tired, but the Psychos took the field against UC Santa Barbara’s Burning Skirts. The defense worked well together and the Psychos have their fire back and take the game 11-6. Shout-out to Leanne “Muse” Go for excellent cutting and throws.

Game 2 and the final game of the tournament against Cal Poly SLO saw the rookies excelling in two rookie points, working hard to make plays and work together to score. Slo worked hard but the psychos worked harder. Kelli “Krypto” Iwa had an awesome layout score just managing to stay in bounds and Adelei “Hydra” Carman played the best defense we’ve seen from her so far, pushing through the little mud patches dotting the field. The game ended with yet another lefty backhand bringing the final score to 13-5.

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Psychos Contend Against Wind, Rain, and Tough Opponents in UC Santa Barbara Invitational

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

This weekend, the UC San Diego Psychos braved the wind and rain in Santa Barbara for the Santa Barbara Invitational Tournament. The first game began bright and early with an 8am game against Santa Clara. Despite a rough start and learning points early on, the Psychos took half 7-3. The wind picked up as the morning continued, but some great defense and offense by Rebecca “Fasa” Ellis, Maria “Fluxx” Zavala, and the rest of the team of course, the Psychos won handily 13-4.

In the second game vs. University of Arizona Scorch, the wind picked up a little but by this time the Psychos had learned how to play in it and despite some hard fought points by Scorch, the Psychos won 13-0. Kudos to all the rookies for two well played rookie points at the end.

The third game proved to be the toughest yet. University of Victoria took an early lead 0-2, but Julianna “Terra” Jordan and the rest of the defensive lines brought their enthusiasm and hard work both on defense and offense, and the Psychos found the energy to play, ultimately winning the game making the Psychos undefeated for the day.

Day two opened with rain and wind starting early in the morning, and the grass fields were closed forcing changes in the schedule, but after some shivering and adventures in Santa Barbara’s gym warming up, the Psychos finally started the day playing UC Berkeley’s Pie Queens just as the rain let up. Whether it was wind chill or lack of competitive drive in the wind and rain, the Psychos did not start the game well losing half 3-7. After some inspirational coaching however the Psychos remembered their drive and conveniently, how to actually play their game as well. The tension of the field grew as the Psychos caught up point by point bringing it finally to a universe point (the point where the team that scores the point wins the game) at 9-9. After a hard fought point (and a great deal of hair pulling on coaches part) the Psychos won the game to advance to the semifinals with a final score 10-9.

The semifinals game against UCLA’s Blu started out windy and only got windier. There were excellent hucks (long throws) from both teams, particularly between Julianna “Terra” Jordan, Dena “Chrome” Elimelech, and Han “Heist” Chen from UCLA and some very long points, but the Psychos ultimately lost their first game of the season 5-6, and tied for 4th with UC Davis. Lesson learned. Practice throwing in the wind.

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Nov 21. W. Ultimate

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

What a fantastic weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, November 21 through the 22nd, the Psychos hosted Kendra Fallon Memorial Tournament with 12 teams from around the region coming to play in sunny San Diego. For the Psychos’ part, hosting a tournament meant arriving at 6:30am to set up the fields, tents, and tables of food before continuing warm-ups.

The first game on Saturday against SLO-Motion (Cal Poly Ultimate), was all about learning. The Psychos worked on the triangle mark and played awesome man defense to win the game 11-5.

In game two University of Arizona (Scorch), and the actual sun, turned up the heat but the Psychos pulled away early with a 5-0 lead. At which point the coaches decided to put on a rookie line, and the rookies were so good they just had to win it with some excellent defense from Avery “Starsky” Jones and some fantastic offensive plays from Erika “Tempo” Kaji. After taking half 6-1 and some excellent defense from Captain Julianna “Terra” Jordan. After another successful rookie point a little later, the Psychos finish the game 11-2.

The third game was against Cal State Long Beach’s 8 person squad and despite all the running, the Psychos came out early with a 6-2 lead and just charged forward from there with Maria “Fluxx” Zavala and Rachel “Rue” Ling’s killer defense helping finish the game 9-3.

Game four against UCLA-B the Psychos came out running taking pushing the score to 4-0 before adding another rookie point. The point to take half, left the score at 7-0, but Christina ‘Dryft’ Huynh with a knee injury. Lots of love headed her way. The Psychos end the game with an 11-2 win making the team undefeated for day 1.

Day two started with a win over UC Santa Barbara’s (Burning Skirts) with Rachel “Rue” Ling scoring with a Callahan (catching a disc as an interception in the opponent’s endzone by a defensive player for a point) to put the score at 5-0. The Skirts fought to come back, but the Psychos triumphed winning the game 9-4. Shout out to Juliana “Terra” Jordan for excellent hucks (long throws).

The next game vs. ASU “Caliente” was a good chance for the Psychos to show off their defensive skills during some long points. Shout out to Maria “Fluxx” Zavala for an awesome grab and Bridget “Twerk” Zeiger for excellent offense helping the team secure a 7-1 win.

In game three vs. the USC Hellions the Psychos had a slow start going point for point with the Hellions until 3-3, then taking off from there eventually taking the game with a final rookie point to end the game 10-4 and head for the finals.

The finals against UCLA’s A-team started out with UC San Diego behind 0-3 and the coaches, disappointed, put on a defensive line, but the D-Line scored. From there the Psychos continued to gained some momentum and excitement but the game was still a hard fought battle with incredible effort from every single person both on the sideline and on the field. The Psychos won the game 7-6 to win a tournament for the first time in at least four years. Huge thank you to everyone who came out to support and to VC Ultimate for sponsoring the tournament and for the Spikeball set.

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Pres. Day Tournament

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

This weekend, for the first time this quarter, the Psychos had a tournament with a good weather forecast and welcomed 18 women’s teams from across the country to play in President’s Day Invitational Tournament.

The day started, earlier than usual as the Psychos had to set the fields, but that also means you’re the first to get to the bagels so it all balances out. After a solid warm up, the Psychos started their first game against Colorado Kali. It was a tight game, and both teams wanted the win, but some great defense from Jorie “Mako” Moore and a layout (diving catch) score from Dena “Chrome” Elimelech helped the Psychos take the game 9-7.

Sadly that was to be the Psycho’s only win of the day. As the next game vs. USC’s Hellions began the Psycho’s were up 7-4 thanks to some great work by the Defensive line, some excellent offense from Lizzy “Tote” Cowan and yet another layout score by Avery “Starsky” Jones. However, unable to hold on to the lead, the Psycho’s lost the game on universe point* 8-7.

The third game against University of Washington’s Element would determine whether the Psycho’s got first or last in their pool of 4 teams. After going up 4-0 at the start of the game, the the Psycho’s let Element back into the game and they brought the score to 5-5. A good deal of back and forth both teams scoring on their offensive points, Element took half 7-8 and scored the final point bringing the final score to 7-9. Shoutout to Maryjo “Koya” Sampang for some excellent decision-making on the field.

Day two started with the Psychos in the consolation bracket and some disappointed coaches planning to give everyone equal playing time for both games of the day. Oh and some skittles. Alisha gave everyone a valentine to cheer for. The day started with a game against Harvard’s Quasar and the Psychos go up to take half 8-4. Even though Quasar started to catch up a little bringing the score to 10-6, the lefty backhand from Julianna “Terra” Jordan and some excellent defense from Jasmine “Pyro” Simmons, the Psychos prevailed, 12-7.

After a long break, and some time spent scoping out the competition, the Psychos took the field against University of Florida’s Fuel, the coaches’ alma mater. The game started close with each team going point for point until Fuel pulled ahead a little 3-5. The goal was to win with the whole team, so even though the score was close, the coaches kept the lines open. The physical play flustered the Psychos at first, but not for long and Dena “Chrome” Elimelech, tall as usual jumped over five people to score bringing the game to 6-5 Psychos. Some more awesome plays from Erica “Tempo” Kaji, and the Psychos took the game 10-9.

Day 3 and everyone was tired, but the Psychos took the field against UC Santa Barbara’s Burning Skirts. The defense worked well together and the Psychos have their fire back and take the game 11-6. Shout-out to Leanne “Muse” Go for excellent cutting and throws.

Game 2 and the final game of the tournament against Cal Poly SLO saw the rookies excelling in two rookie points, working hard to make plays and work together to score. Slo worked hard but the psychos worked harder. Kelli “Krypto” Iwa had an awesome layout score just managing to stay in bounds and Adelei “Hydra” Carman played the best defense we’ve seen from her so far, pushing through the little mud patches dotting the field. The game ended with yet another lefty backhand bringing the final score to 13-5.

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Feb 20 W Ultimate

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Stanford Open

 

This weekend, February 20th and 21st, the Psychos drove all the way to Morgan Hill for Stanford Open.

The first game against Colorado College started off well with the Psychos scoring the first two points and Kylie “Cinder” Shen getting a Callahan on the 4th. For those who are unaware, a Callahan is one of the most satisfying plays in ultimate; it means scoring when the other team has possession of the disc, usually when they make a mistake in their own end zone. Colorado worked hard, but the Psychos worked harder taking half 7-2 and ending the game 13-4.

Going into the second game vs Chico’s Chicas, the intensity stayed high as the Psychos played great defense and Julianna “Terra” Jordan made excellent defensive plays (got a layout D) and some awesome around breaks (great throws) from Rachel “Rue” Ling.

The final game of the day was to be the toughest against UC Berkeley’s Pie Queens. The game started out even with both teams scoring equally on each other, but the Psychos took off right before half and took half 7-5. After half though, the Psychos lost some intensity, and let Cal score (a break). Everyone fought hard but the Pie Queens took the game 10-9. It’s fuel to work on mental toughness for next time. Shout-out to Leanne “Muse” Go for stepping into a new role (as a handler) this tournament.

The next day started with a game against the Humboldt Hags and today’s goal, no team scores anything. To make the story short, in this game it was almost successful. Awesome defense by all put the final score at a 13-1 win.

The second game was a bit more competitive against Dvine from Sonoma State University. Maria “Fluxx” Zavala had a layout D, then later a nice heads up grab in the endzone. Terra had an interesting layout/somersault grab in the endzone, but she already got a mention so no official shout-out. Shout-out to Adelei “Hydra” Carman for a bookend (defensive play then a score) and to the whole team for a win 9-3.

The next game the Psychos faced the Claremont Greenshirts; of course they actually wear blue shirts. It’s a mystery.  Anyway, the game started off well, and since we spent most of it on defense, everyone got a lot of D’s. Shout-out to the rookies and, as usual Dena “Chrome” Elimelech for great defense. The Psychos took half 7-3, then the game 9-4.

The last game of the day and the wind picked up. Santa Barbara is an athletic team with a long history, and they weren’t going to make the win to easy. The shout-outs for this game have to go to people already mentioned because they just played so well. Leanne “Muse” Go really took to handling growing in confidence as the game progressed and Rachel “Rue” Ling was always dependable in the upwind, even though wind is a notorious San Diego Achilles heel. That said, after letting Santa Barbara score the first two points, the UC San Diego Psychos hit the ground running sweeping the game 13-4. A reminder from the coaches, in every game on day 2, at least doubled their opponents score in every game.

 

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Feb 13 W Ultimate

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Pres. Day Tournament

This weekend, for the first time this quarter, the Psychos had a tournament with a good weather forecast and welcomed 18 women’s teams from across the country to play in President’s Day Invitational Tournament.

The day started, earlier than usual as the Psychos had to set the fields, but that also means you’re the first to get to the bagels so it all balances out. After a solid warm up, the Psychos started their first game against Colorado Kali. It was a tight game, and both teams wanted the win, but some great defense from Jorie “Mako” Moore and a layout (diving catch) score from Dena “Chrome” Elimelech helped the Psychos take the game 9-7.

Sadly that was to be the Psycho’s only win of the day. As the next game vs. USC’s Hellions began the Psycho’s were up 7-4 thanks to some great work by the Defensive line, some excellent offense from Lizzy “Tote” Cowan and yet another layout score by Avery “Starsky” Jones. However, unable to hold on to the lead, the Psycho’s lost the game on universe point* 8-7.

The third game against University of Washington’s Element would determine whether the Psycho’s got first or last in their pool of 4 teams. After going up 4-0 at the start of the game, the the Psycho’s let Element back into the game and they brought the score to 5-5. A good deal of back and forth both teams scoring on their offensive points, Element took half 7-8 and scored the final point bringing the final score to 7-9. Shoutout to Maryjo “Koya” Sampang for some excellent decision-making on the field.

Day two started with the Psychos in the consolation bracket and some disappointed coaches planning to give everyone equal playing time for both games of the day. Oh and some skittles. Alisha gave everyone a valentine to cheer for. The day started with a game against Harvard’s Quasar and the Psychos go up to take half 8-4. Even though Quasar started to catch up a little bringing the score to 10-6, the lefty backhand from Julianna “Terra” Jordan and some excellent defense from Jasmine “Pyro” Simmons, the Psychos prevailed, 12-7.

After a long break, and some time spent scoping out the competition, the Psychos took the field against University of Florida’s Fuel, the coaches’ alma mater. The game started close with each team going point for point until Fuel pulled ahead a little 3-5. The goal was to win with the whole team, so even though the score was close, the coaches kept the lines open. The physical play flustered the Psychos at first, but not for long and Dena “Chrome” Elimelech, tall as usual jumped over five people to score bringing the game to 6-5 Psychos. Some more awesome plays from Erica “Tempo” Kaji, and the Psychos took the game 10-9.

Day 3 and everyone was tired, but the Psychos took the field against UC Santa Barbara’s Burning Skirts. The defense worked well together and the Psychos have their fire back and take the game 11-6. Shout-out to Leanne “Muse” Go for excellent cutting and throws.

Game 2 and the final game of the tournament against Cal Poly SLO saw the rookies excelling in two rookie points, working hard to make plays and work together to score. Slo worked hard but the psychos worked harder. Kelli “Krypto” Iwa had an awesome layout score just managing to stay in bounds and Adelei “Hydra”  Carman played the best defense we’ve seen from her so far, pushing through the little mud patches dotting the field. The game ended with yet another lefty backhand bringing the final score to 13-5.

 

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Psychos Contend Against Wind, Rain, and Tough Opponents in UC Santa Barbara Invitational

POSTED BY IRIS JIA

This weekend, the UC San Diego Psychos braved the wind and rain in Santa Barbara for the Santa Barbara Invitational Tournament. The first game began bright and early with an 8am game against Santa Clara. Despite a rough start and learning points early on, the Psychos took half 7-3. The wind picked up as the morning continued, but some great defense and offense by Rebecca “Fasa” Ellis, Maria “Fluxx” Zavala, and the rest of the team of course, the Psychos won handily 13-4.

In the second game vs. University of Arizona Scorch, the wind picked up a little but by this time the Psychos had learned how to play in it and despite some hard fought points by Scorch, the Psychos won 13-0. Kudos to all the rookies for two well played rookie points at the end.

The third game proved to be the toughest yet. University of Victoria took an early lead 0-2, but Julianna “Terra” Jordan and the rest of the defensive lines brought their enthusiasm and hard work both on defense and offense, and the Psychos found the energy to play, ultimately winning the game making the Psychos undefeated for the day.

Day two opened with rain and wind starting early in the morning, and the grass fields were closed forcing changes in the schedule, but after some shivering and adventures in Santa Barbara’s gym warming up, the Psychos finally started the day playing UC Berkeley’s Pie Queens just as the rain let up. Whether it was wind chill or lack of competitive drive in the wind and rain, the Psychos did not start the game well losing half 3-7. After some inspirational coaching however the Psychos remembered their drive and conveniently, how to actually play their game as well. The tension of the field grew as the Psychos caught up point by point bringing it finally to a universe point (the point where the team that scores the point wins the game) at 9-9. After a hard fought point (and a great deal of hair pulling on coaches part) the Psychos won the game to advance to the semifinals with a final score 10-9.

The semifinals game against UCLA’s Blu started out windy and only got windier. There were excellent hucks (long throws) from both teams, particularly between Julianna “Terra” Jordan, Dena “Chrome” Elimelech, and Han “Heist” Chen from UCLA and some very long points, but the Psychos ultimately lost their first game of the season 5-6, and tied for 4th with UC Davis. Lesson learned. Practice throwing in the wind.

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Nov 21 W Ultimate

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

What a fantastic weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, November 21 through the 22nd, the Psychos hosted Kendra Fallon Memorial Tournament with 12 teams from around the region coming to play in sunny San Diego. For the Psychos’ part, hosting a tournament meant arriving at 6:30am to set up the fields, tents, and tables of food before continuing warm-ups.

The first game on Saturday against SLO-Motion (Cal Poly Ultimate), was all about learning. The Psychos worked on the triangle mark and played awesome man defense to win the game 11-5.

In game two University of Arizona (Scorch), and the actual sun, turned up the heat but the Psychos pulled away early with a 5-0 lead. At which point the coaches decided to put on a rookie line, and the rookies were so good they just had to win it with some excellent defense from Avery “Starsky” Jones and some fantastic offensive plays from Erika “Tempo” Kaji. After taking half 6-1 and some excellent defense from Captain Julianna “Terra” Jordan.  After another successful rookie point a little later, the Psychos finish the game 11-2.

The third game was against Cal State Long Beach’s 8 person squad and despite all the running, the Psychos came out early with a 6-2 lead and just charged forward from there with Maria “Fluxx” Zavala and Rachel “Rue” Ling’s killer defense helping finish the game 9-3.

Game four against UCLA-B the Psychos came out running taking pushing the score to 4-0 before adding another rookie point. The point to take half, left the score at 7-0, but Christina ‘Dryft’ Huynh with a knee injury. Lots of love headed her way. The Psychos end the game with an 11-2 win making the team undefeated for day 1.

Day two started with a win over UC Santa Barbara’s (Burning Skirts) with Rachel “Rue” Ling scoring with a Callahan (catching a disc as an interception in the opponent’s endzone by a defensive player for a point) to put the score at 5-0. The Skirts fought to come back, but the Psychos triumphed winning the game 9-4. Shout out to Juliana “Terra” Jordan for excellent hucks (long throws).

The next game vs. ASU “Caliente” was a good chance for the Psychos to show off their defensive skills during some long points. Shout out to Maria “Fluxx” Zavala for an awesome grab and Bridget “Twerk” Zeiger for excellent offense helping the team secure a 7-1 win.

In game three vs. the USC Hellions the Psychos had a slow start going point for point with the Hellions until 3-3, then taking off from there eventually taking the game with a final rookie point to end the game 10-4 and head for the finals.

The finals against UCLA’s A-team started out with UC San Diego behind 0-3 and the coaches, disappointed, put on a defensive line, but the D-Line scored. From there the Psychos continued to gained some momentum and excitement but the game was still a hard fought battle with incredible effort from every single person both on the sideline and on the field. The Psychos won the game 7-6 to win a tournament for the first time in at least four years. Huge thank you to everyone who came out to support and to VC Ultimate for sponsoring the tournament and for the Spikeball set.

 

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Nov 14 W Ultimate

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Sean Ryan Memorial Tournament

 

This past weekend November 14-15 the UC San Diego Women’s Ultimate team, the Psychos, braved fearsome LA traffic to drive to Sean Ryan Memorial Tournament in Santa Cruz.

In game one against UC Santa Cruz the Psychos took the first half 7-2 with some fantastic layout (diving) catches from Maria ‘Fluxx’ Zavala. Shout out to Dena ‘Chrome’ Elimelech for some amazing hucks helping finish the game with a 12-4 win.

 

The second game against the USC Hellions brought some familiar faces to support on the sidelines. Thank you Katrina ‘Tikka’ Kalantar, Sabina ‘Breezy’ Salian and Anya ‘Skittles’ Dee for coming out to support. USC played a great game but the Psychos came out on top again winning handily 10-5.

 

The last game of the day against Sonoma State the Psychos took half 7-4 with help from some awesome defense from all the rookies and a well-played “Rue” ki (Rookies + Rachel ‘Rue’ Ling) point.

 

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Oct 31 W Ultimate

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

 

What do Frisbee players do for Halloween? They don’t trick or treat. This Saturday over 40 Psychos rolled out of bed at 4:30am and drove up to UCLA for the first tournament of the season.

 

Team X:

Team X had a great start to the day with Captain Lizzy “Tote” Cowan making a diving catch for the score on the very first point.  From that point, the team went on to dominate UCLA with an 11-4 win. Says Tote “ Today isn’t about winning, it’s about learning but we managed to do both”

The second game had a Halloween theme with WAC from Occidental in orange and the Psychos in black. Once again all the hours of practice paid off with an 11-0 win. Shout out to all the new players in that game for a adjusting their defense to a different playing style.

In game 3 team X welcomed team Y back for a combined game against Claremont. This team was faster and more experienced than the previous teams, and some of the points were pretty long but the Psychos still pulled out a 10-1 win with some amazing hucks, or long throws, from Bridget “Twerk” Zieger, and Maria “Fluxx” Zavala; equally awesome defensive plays and catches from Erika “Sqanto” D’Andrea, Michelle “Astro” Phan and Jennifer “Pheaz” (“Fez”) Chan to name a few.

 

The final game was the toughest one yet. Starting with Irvine leading 4-2, the Team X pulled back ahead with a 6 point run ending with a fantastic rookie point. Great job Kelli “Krypto” Iwamoto and Terry “Voss” Huang for stepping into main throwing positions for that point.

 

Team Y:

UCSD versus UCLA: The game started out slow with the Bruins taking a large lead. It wasn’t until the second half that the UCSD Psycho’s began to pick up the intensity. However, the win went to UCLA’s Blu team 11 to 4.

 

UCSD versus Redlands: The game against Redlands was considerably easier in comparison to UCLA, but they were the only team in the tournament that changed up the defense with a backhand mark. Psychos finished strong with the Redlands only scoring one point.

 

UCSD versus USC: This game we focused more on the timing of our cuts and saw multiple diving catches from Dena ‘chrome’ Elimelech, Rachel ‘rue’ Ling, and Juliana ‘terra’ Jordan.

 

UCSD versus Claremont: This game was comparably slower than the rest because of fatigue from previous games. The psychos learned that effective communication is essential even when you’re tired.

 

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Mar 19 W Ultimate

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Southerns: April 19th and 20th

 

The first weekend of spring break the UC San Diego Psycho’s flew all the way to Georgia, landing in Atlanta, and then driving the 3 hours to Statesboro.

Day one was a 5 game day beginning with a game against Luna Ultimate from Emory University. It started out well on some beautiful fields with the Psychos taking half 7-2. All that practice against zone defenses paid off as the O-line shredded the zone and the Psychos took the first game 13-4.

The second vs University of Chicago’s Supersnatch started off well with the Psychos taking half 7-1, honestly not much to say except that the shortest person on the Psychos captain Lizzy “Tote” Cowan managed to sky the tallest player on Chicago. No big deal or anything. She’s just that cool. Anyway, the game ended with a score of 13-2.

The third game was against the UNC Hellbenders, Jorie “Mako” Moore played some great defense and got herself a bookend, or score immediately after causing the other team to turn over the disc. Then later discovered that, Georgia has really big bugs. The final score of that game was 13-1.

Game 4 was a new adventure with Princeton’s B team, a developing team who wanted to play a normal game then split both teams in half and play together for awhile. A plan the Psychos all agreed to so the games begun. After a quick game against each other the two teams split and learned each other’s names. Highlight though goes to Iris on Princeton for her first ever layout score. For those who don’t know, a layout is a diving catch. Needless to say she had the whole team cheering.

After that was a long break so the fifth and final game saw a very slow warm up and a tired team take the field against Luther College’s Freya Ultimate.  Freya wasn’t going to make it easy either, the Psychos were clearly the better team, taking half 7-3, and ultimately the game 13-6  but Freya’s scrappy defense capitalized on some of the Psycho’s lack of focus and they scored more points than any other team of the day. Solid finish overall and the Psychos head back to the hotel ostensibly for fun and games but really just to go to sleep.

After doing so well the day before the Psychos got to sleep in and have a leisurely morning with a game at 11 against Princeton’s A team, Clockwork. Finally the Psychos have the competition they’re been looking for. Clockwork is comfortable with the disc and they wanted the game, but the Psychos wanted it more. The energy on and off the field was palpable and they Psychos took the game by a storm with Dena “Chrome” Elimelech making fantastic throws as usual and Tabetha “Jynx” Rigeway made some great cuts. The final score was 15-3.

Then it was the finals, and the coaches mad it clear they expected the Psychos to win both the game and the tournament, but Carleton’s Eclipse wasn’t going to make that easy. After pulling ahead 3-1 the Psychos let Eclipse back in the game a little bringing the game to 5-4. At half the score was 8-5. The coaches made a half step adjustment on defense and the team kicked up a few more gears in energy. After half, the Psychos didn’t let Eclipse score another point and the Psychos won College Southerns 13-5.

 

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