On Feb 10th, 2018, UC Slam Diego finally accomplished something they have been trying to do for several seasons. Finish first place in a tournament. (Well tied for first but let’s call it first). Tim and Max ‘frat god and frat king’ Green and Luck were missing from the tournament leaving Blake ‘the one (and only) opposite’ Cornell to show what he had on the right side after a year of playing middle. A rotating roster of Ryan ‘perennial cripple’ Schickling, Jackson ‘never getting salad again’ McDonough, Carlos ‘this guy is on fire’ Rivera, and Chris ‘bic bic hooray’ Shaffer slammed at outside while middles Anders ‘still overpass king’ Johnson, Tanner ‘never gets to serve’ Hixon, and Stefan ‘master of freeballs’ Medan blocked other teams off the court. Hunter ‘high and tight’ Zeng and Nic ‘fauxhawk’ Maroun kept the other team from scoring with a beautiful display of defense. The tritons slammed through their first two matches with relative ease aside from a slight hiccup against UofA in which coach Chris ‘takes two timeouts out of spite’ Griebenow asked the ref for a simple bit of clarification on a net call. Apparently the call was too confusing because a five minute break ensued but the gentlemen of UC Slam Diego didn’t let that faze them. They pulled out the 3 set win guaranteeing them top two in their pool. In their third match against UCLA Jon ‘too small!’ Maroun and Lucas ‘late for the bus’ Rodriguez got to hit for the first (and possibly last) time this season. The Tritons fell to the Bruins but it worked out great because this meant UCSD would get to play their arch rivals SDSU in the crossover match. In front of a raucous crowd of the women of UC Slam Diego, family, NCAA players and other assorted friends and fans, UCSD grinded out a 3 set win over their San Diegan rivals and ended the day with a victory. Since SDSU won nationals and had been ranked number 1 in the country UC Slam Diego is now essentially the best team in the nation and is looking forward to slamming towards a successful season.