Over the weekend our Lady Tritons competed at the University of California, Santa Barbra campus where the Gauchos hosted the second tournament of the official season. Six universities were represented at the tournament; UC San Diego, UCSB, UCLA, SDSU, USD, LMU, and Arizona University. From the start the Tritons came out loud and boisterous. It was time for every player to take their battle stations to defend their winning streak. These teams were more polished then the ones the Tritons had played the weekend before so they came in ready for anything.
The matches were tough with every team but the Tritons had Alicia ‘Loud Bae’ Chen, Sydney ‘Swing Away Syd’ Riegert, and Sarah ‘Striking Sarah’ Reinhardt to punish any hitter trying to make it through their block. The quick hands of Gina ‘Jetliner’ Powers and the bouncing bunny hops from Michelle ‘Muscle Michelle’ Vuong made the front lines one to be feared throughout the day. The ladies played long and rough rallies that had them sprawling across the court. Fortunately, the Tritons’ back lines had their front row covered. The best ball-hog to have, Emma ‘Every Ball is Mine’ Choi, made scoring against the Tritons almost impossible along with Nataly ‘Lioness’ Aguilar pouncing under every deflected ball to bring it back into play. The intensity at which the Lady Tritons were playing made it exciting and suspenseful for the teams and, most importantly, the crowd.
One after another the Tritons defeated the competition. The last match came down to the two undefeated teams of the evening, our Lady Tritons and the UCLA Bruins. This match was the most intense of the night. Both teams came out with their last bit of energy and fought into a third set battle. At last in the third set the Tritons ran away with the match 15-8.
This tournament was a well-deserved win by the Tritons who remain undefeated and who fought through an eleven hour tournament. Yes you read that right, eleven hours. Every match of the day went to three sets proving that every team came out to play and everyone was fighting hard. Our Lady Tritons hope they are able to keep up their awesome record as they complete next weekend at the UC Davis tournament.