This past weekend the Tritons competed in their first NCVF ranking tournament of the 2018 season. They kicked off the weekend by reuniting with the coolest ref on the block. Of course we’re referring to the talented tail flipping ref Camille. Of the 9 games she reffed for us, she managed to flip tails 8 times. If we let X represent the number of tails flipped, then P(X=8) = (9 choose 8) * (.5)^8 * (.5)^1 = 0.017578125. According to Google, there’s a greater chance that you’ll live to over 100 years old than Camille flipping this many tails.
Nonetheless, the Tritons were able to recover enough from always losing the coin toss and a self destructive first set against UCSB B in order to defeat their first opponents in a very convincing manner. They rode the good vibes waves through to their second match which was against UCLA B. Vanessa “finer than an aged cheddar because she’s that sharp” Howard played an absolutely epic match collecting kill after kill against the Bruins.
After handily beating the Bruins, the Tritons just had to face the somehow always glowy Cal Poly Mustangs. One might say the Tritons were the ones to get off to a SLO start after giving the mustangs a few critical serving runs. Although they put up a decent fight, ultimately the Tritons were unable to get into a solid rhythm/ flow so they never reached their full potential to beat the Mustangs. Even though the loss was disappointing, the ever wise Phil “Taylor’s husband” Brault reminded the young team that we’re working towards being our best in April. It simply takes time and patience to work out the kinks. UCSD finished the day as second in their pool.
After a second refreshing night at the Lee residence, UCSD headed over to the student activities center in Bruin county. They started the day off with hearts full of love and throats full of beautiful song; busting moves to their newly created playlist which blasted on Nataly “pain inducing (in a good way) masseuse” Aguilar’s dad’s massive speaker. After getting krunk, the Tritons lost their morning matches against SDSU B and Texas A&M A. UCSD finished last in their power pool. 2018 is the year for leaving negativity behind so we’re never going to mention this again.
After a 3 hour break, the Tritons finally got to play again and were matched up against UCLA B in the silver bracket semi-finals. UCSD showed the Bruins that you can’t have both a beautiful campus and victory by pulling out a big ole “W” in a tough 3 set match. Immediately after their day bruining win, the Tritons prepared to face their favorite team LMU in the silver bracket finals. One quick match later, the Tritons came out as the silver bracket winners.
Overall this weekend was filled with enough emotional waves that it rivaled the likes of Les Miserables. Luckily, UCSD ended the weekend on a high note and is looking forward to see what the rest of the season has in store. The Tritons would like to give a huge shout out to all the parents that came to support them while also providing delicious snacks. The biggest thank you however belongs to the Lee family for not only providing housing for a majority of the team this weekend, but also for providing a space to bond, learn about the magic of corn syrup, and the opportunity to snuggle with two of the most precious dogs on the planet. Once again, thank you so much to all of our supporters. The Tritons would be nothing without all of the overwhelming amounts of love and support flung their way.