The University of California, San Diego Air Squids look solid in their first Pre-Season tournament. On October 26-27 the Squids drove up to Irvine ready to play in Huckfest 2019. In the first game the Squids showed no signs of rust from the off season and came out hot in their first game against Clairmont. After gaining an early lead they maintained the pressure throughout the entire game and finished with the win, taking it 11-4. In the next game the Air Squids were set to take on Occidental. After an even start Occidental managed to pull ahead of the Squids and take the win over them 9-4. In their last game of the day the Air Squids were up against CSU Long Beach. After going down early in the beginning, the Squids were able to maintain their composure and started to mount a comeback. Unfortunately, Long Beach was able to hold onto their lead barely edging out the Squids 7-5. So with one win and two tough losses that left the Air Squids as the last seed in their pool to make it into the championship bracket for the following day.
The next day the Squids came back ready and determined to play. In their first game they were matched up against University of California, Los Angeles. Similar to the previous day the Squids came out hot and played even with UCLA for most of the game, but after a few unfortunate breaks UCLA pulled ahead and got the win over the Squids 12-9. This loss sent the Air Squids into the losers bracket eliminating them from a shot at first. However, that tough loss did not affect the Squids as they went into their next games. In their next game, The Squids played against one of the hosts of the tournament, UC Irvine X. Unphased by their previous loss the Air Squids immediately took a commanding lead over UCI X and held the lead for the rest of the game taking the win 13-6. Following that win the Squids carried their momentum into their next game against hometown rivals University of San Diego. USD attempted to run a zone defense but it was no match for the Squids as they were patient and were able to break the zone with ease. Through patient and clean offense and lockdown defense the Air Squids took the win over USD 13-5. The final match was against the other UC Irvine team, team Y. Similar to the previous two games the Squids carried their momentum and were able to push past everything that UCI Y threw at them. After holding their early lead the Air Squids finished the day with a win over UCI Y 13-7.
With that win the Air Squids took 9th place, the highest possible placing after losing to UCLA. After some tough losses the University of California, Air Squids maintained their composure and finished the tournament on a hot streak of wins.