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