B-Co Takes on Southwest Regionals
Southwest Regionals: May 6th and 7th, UC Santa Barbara. That’s where UCSD Dragon Coalition's B Team (B-Co) found themselves a week after winning Developmental Regionals and one of three available bids. It was time to finish the season off strong.
B-Co’s first game was against UCSB, the home team and second seed. B-Co knew it was going to be a tough game, but as the underdog, they had nothing to lose. Instead, they focused on playing enthusiastically, giving everyone equal playing time, and having fun. Notable mentions go to Ashley “Ladle” Shen and Amita “Pesto” Stowitts who earned B-Co many of their points that game and kept the overall team energy up. Eva “Pocky” York also had the sideline going wild by nailing a tricky catch in the endzone to score another point. B-Co put up a good fight against this nationally-respected team but ultimately lost with a score of 5-15. The second game was against UCI and would determine if B-Co would be able to break seed. The game was intense as both teams were at a similar level. B-Co did a great job on defense by employing the use of their zone. Much of this success was due to the effort of Renee “Puka” Jones, who shut down all of UCI’s deep shots. After a ton of insane plays, B-Co had definitely earned the right to say they left it all on the field. Even though the final score of B-Co 5 to UCI 7 wasn’t the desired outcome, everyone was proud of the effort that the entire team had put in. For their last game of the day, B-Co faced Stanford B, getting a rematch of the semifinal game from the previous weekend. This game was full of spirit and long points as both teams were tired from the unusually warm day. Despite being tired, B-Co played at 100%, unafraid to huck it deep and sprint through every cut. Their hard work paid off and they won 8-6, wrapping up day 1 of the tournament.
In order to hold seed, B-Co had to win both games on the second day. The first match was against Northern Arizona University, a new opponent for B-Co. Despite B-Co taking an early lead, the game was fairly evenly matched and many of the points were long. The game-winning point was one such fight. Both teams battled it out on the field for many minutes, showcasing crazy grabs, spectacular layouts, and great blocks, before B-Co finally scored the point and won the game 8-6. The last game of the day was also the final game of both the tournament and B-Co’s season, and fittingly, it was once again against UCLA B. It was clear that spirits were high both on and off the field, which was instrumental for the team’s success. Rookies perfectly demonstrated how much they had learned throughout the year, such as with Bri “Skrill” Conlon’s impressively huge layout grab and subsequent assist. B-Co won the game 6-3, holding seed and finishing the season out with a bang. Overall, it was an incredibly successful season, none of which would have been possible without B-Co seniors and role models Ashley “Ladle” Shen and Sindhana “Myma” Selvi Pannir Sivajothi.