Presidents' Day Invite 2022
The Air Squids had a doozy of a weekend. They didn’t have numbers, but they had a fighting spirit. By the end of the first day, the squids only had a line and a half.
The first day started bright and early at 9 am against USC lockdown. It was back and forth but lockdown was successful in locking down the air squids. Next up they played a small school from Ithaca, New York called Cornell. Matthew Deckerman (Bing-bing) had a hard time cutting ties with his brother (a starter for Cornell) but it had to be done to get the win. The final score was 12 to 8. Next up was Stanford. The squids went down early and couldn’t quite climb back to get the win. The squids scored 3 breaks in a row to end the game but the final score was 10-11. Throughout the day more and more players were dropping like flies. By the 4th game of the day, the squids were down to 12 players. The final game was against UC Santa Cruz. The slugs and squids went back to back but the slugs were able to get a couple breaks and maintain the lead for the win, 13-10. The squids were tired but ready to compete for another day.
The next day started even earlier, with the first game at 8 am vs the University of Arizona Sunburn. The Squids went back to back with the Sunburn but in the end got the lead. The final score was 13-10. Next up were their good friends from SDSU. It was a high-spirited and great game, but the strong winds led to a good day for zone defense. Even with SDSU attempting to stifle the squids' offense by throwing zones on them after turnovers, the offense was clean and broke them apart with no issues. The final score was 15-3. A couple of hours later they were playing in their pre-quarters game. This time it was against the opposite of a friend, it was their enemy. UC Santa Barbara Black Tide (grrrrr..). The Squids played hard and worked on defensive positioning. It was another windy game, and the squids just couldn’t keep up with the veteran handlers of Tide. The Tide got up in the end and finished it off with 12 points to a mere Squids’s 7, knocking the squids out of the tournament bracket and into the consolation bracket to play for 9th place.
The next day they had a rematch with Stanford. They lost 8-10 in a game that again started slowly for the Squids. It was close in the end and the Squids got a Callahan. Afterwards, they played Cornell again and handily beat them 14-6. The Squids were down by 2 in the start but then went on a 6 point run to take half. Max Gibson (Agapito), a player on the squids, set a personal record of throwing 24 discs away in a single tournament, even with everyone else's best attempt to catch up no one could even make it to half that number. The squids ended the tournament claiming 10th place, but it was a fun weekend and they are excited to play again.