I remember my rookie year on Saucy. I remember making a rookie picture stack at Grinnell, getting my first jersey, the dreaded early morning practice times and the moment things started to click. Most of all, I remember falling in love with the sport, and with the people I was playing with. We had tournaments and travel, and so much bonding went on during car rides and in hotel rooms. It was great, and I couldn't imagine my frisbee experience being anything else. One of the memories that most sticks out to me now, thinking back, was our Christmas gift exchange that year, where we went around the room and said what Saucy meant to us. Almost all of us cried, because Saucy Nancy was so much more than just a sport to us, even for those of us who had only been part of the team for a short while.
This year looks very different. Due to the pandemic, we have been unable to travel or play in tournaments, and while we are fortunate to be able to practice, sadly we haven't been able to scrimmage for safety reasons due to COVID-19. Yet, despite the limitations we are facing, our captains have done an absolutely incredible job- we can still do many of our drills, provided we wear masks and social distance, and while I admit that I wasn't sure at first how we would fill practice time without being able to scrimmage or do all of our defensive drills, I can honestly say that practices have flowed smoothly and been engaging. Am I sad that our rookies haven't been able to see the competition and travel side of Saucy? Of course. But there is another, more important side of Saucy that has been so clear to see this year: the team.
When I told you about that gift exchange I remember from freshman year, I told you that Iowa Women's Ultimate is so much more than a sport. People come to this team for all sorts of reasons, but they stay because of the people. My teammates are the reason I love ultimate. The people and the connections we build here are the reason why, with all the limitations imposed on us this year, we have recruited 14 rookies who consistently show up to practices, the largest rookie class I've seen in my four years here. That year, during that emotional conversation about what Saucy meant to us, not one person in that room said that it meant they could play, compete or travel. Instead, every single one of those girls spoke to the relationships and the community that they knew and loved. So yes, this year is different. But even if it has to be socially distanced or virtual, we have still found opportunities to form those relationships and to grow as a team. When I graduate this year and leave, I know that I will have these ladies to depend on for the rest of my life. Rather than dwelling on what I expected this year to be, I just want to say that I'm thankful for what it is. I'm grateful that we still have practice times, fields and turf to practice on, and captains who have gone to such amazing lengths to give all our players the best experience possible. I'm grateful that we have a team full of ladies who care about each other enough that, despite being socially distant, we are closer than ever. And most of all, I'm grateful to be a part of something as special as Saucy Nancy.
Greetings! Welcome to the 2019/20 Saucy Nancy Season! This past weekend we took a trip up to Ames for a two-day Ames to Please! Now, this wasn’t our first tournament of the season, but our social media chair forgot to write the blog post for Grinnell, so we’re gonna act like it is. Anyways.
ATP was a riot. Our rookies? Amazing. Each one of them played like they were crafted by the Ultimate gods. Our vets? Also fire. It didn’t feel like our second tournament. The team communicated well, played well, and looked even better. Our first day we started against probably the hardest team to start against – the Minnesota Ninjas. They played a great game, and the end result wasn’t in our favor, but we played awesome against them. Betsy got a face block, but the moneymaker is still lookin’ good. We then played Drake Ibex. They were a super fun team to play, and they gave us a good competition. The final score ended up 13-2 to us. At this point in the day, we were all muddy, the rain had stopped and started at least three times, and Wren still had the most energy on the team. The last game of the day we played against Winona State Bad Monaz. They played a great game, and we learned so much from them. At some point in the day, Bex threw a hammer for the score, and she and Bridget now have the highest hammer completion rates of 100%.
The second day started off absolutely freezing. There was frost on the ground, I couldn’t feel my toes, life was great. The first game of the day we played the Kansas Bettys. They’re always a great team to play, and we all had a super fun game. Hucatitis came out to watch part of our game, and it was super nice because I love team bonding (#hucsauce). Then, there was a slight issue with the fields, and we couldn’t play on them anymore. But, in true spirit of the game, we moved to a local park and resumed there. The second game we played Minnesota B. They put up a great fight, but we came out on top, and the final score was 9-5. Then, to end the weekend with a bang, we played Scorn. Our old rivals, our old friends. This game probably had the highest energy I've seen all weekend. Plus, the wind picked up, making it hard for both teams. The entire game, people were interacting on the sidelines with someone from the other team, and it made my old heart very happy to see. They ended up taking the game, but we all had a great time, and it was a super good game to end the tournament with.
Here are some takeaways from the weekend: our rookies are all collectively on beast mode, our vets look like pros, and if this tournament is anything to go by, we’ve got a hell of a season ahead of us.
Until next time,
The 2018/2019 season of Saucy has officially come to a close. The growth of Saucy over the season was huge! We came into the fall with three new coaches and a total of nine new rookies, and lucky for us we gained another rookie in the spring (WOLF MOON) to bring our total rookie count to 10! This was also the season of one-day tournaments because of the amazing Midwestern weather. But we did not let the weather stop us from having fun and kicking butt on the field. We got to go to Austin, Texas (where the weather was actually amazing) and show what Saucy is made of. We made it to Regionals and worked our butts off in games against some of our toughest competition, especially Iowa State taking them to universe in our first match up. It has been an honor to be your Social Media Chair this semester. Saucy means so much to me and everyone on the team has become my family. For those of you who do not know who has been tweeting and posting on Instagram and Facebook for the past few months (because I never introduced myself…oops) it’s Chloe, but some of you may know me as Cheese Curd. I am happy to announce that I will be passing the Social Media Chair position off to the meme queen herself, Betsy. Betsy is going to rock this position and I have no doubt that I am leaving Saucy’s Social Media in great hands (probably better than my own 😊). If you want a taste of the future of Saucy’s media go check out our twitter @SaucyNancyIowa for the announcements of the 2019/2020 leadership.
We held one last meeting to reminisce and celebrate how amazing the past season has been, in addition to electing new members to the 2019/2020 leadership positions. At the end of the meeting we continued the Saucy tradition of handing out superlatives to all the players. Keep reading to see all of the superlatives and some parting advice from our graduating captain, Michele.
Some closing words: "Four years goes quickly. Take school work seriously, but not too seriously. Don't have regrets by the time you graduate wishing you would have put more time in on your pulls or gone to more tournaments. The time you spend with the team will end up being your best memories of college and maybe your life. You are not going to remember the B you got in Calc 2 when you are 45, but you will remember your teammates going into a Carly Rae Jaspen concert or the loopy tired talks driving down to Texas. You are going to make your best friends on this team, so enjoy every moment and leave everything you have on the field. Also, just remember to have fun."
Just like that, we made it to our last tournament of the year and my last tournament as a Saucy. After a stressful weekend at Sectionals not completely sure if we’d be going to Regionals, it was surreal to be back in Blaine, Minnesota. The week leading up to leaving, the weather called for heavy rain and maybe even some snow all weekend. Honestly, wasn’t even shocked that it would be snowing in late April because that’s just how the Midwest rolls. It’s Friday afternoon and we all are headed to Katherine’s (Rookie) place as her parents graciously allowed 20 girls to stay over (god bless them). It wasn’t long before the first lists start to come out like “Saucy as Kesha Songs” and “Bad Advice to Freshman from Saucy”. These will be some of my favorite car memories from Saucy that I’ll take away and for sure going to miss. It never failed to get me to laugh. (Although, it’s hard to top the Centex car issue. Am I right Kelsie ;D).
Saturday morning has arrived and the first thing I do is check the weather. I am expecting it to say currently raining and 30 degrees outside. But instead it was a gift sent down from the maneki-neko (yes, I looked that up) gods that it said 0% chance of rain and high of 55 degrees! Life was good knowing that I wasn’t going to have to play all day in wet socks. Our first game was against Carleton. We knew it was going to be a hard first game playing the number one seed in the tournament, but I was super proud of my team. We came out strong and wanting to win. Our zone was really affecting Carleton and we forced many drops against them. Although we faced a loss, I was insanely proud of how the team played and how they kept their spirits up. The next game was against Iowa State which might have been the best I have ever seen my team play all year. If I had to say it, this was the game that I saw Saucy peak. We looked like a team that has been playing with each other for years and you couldn’t tell when we had rookies on the line. Every single player put their heart into that game. We were leading by 2 points a couple of times in that game and we took them to universe. It was a heartbreaking loss, but it’s a game I’ll never forget. We ended up winning our next game against UW-Milwaukee and losing our last game against Minnesota.
Sunday has arrived and I knew that day was going to be an emotional one. Our first game was against Moxie. We played strong from the start taking the lead very early on and getting the first upwind break of the game. We won and for the second time this tourney we play State again. Not only did I want this win more than the rest, I wanted it so it could show my team that we have put in work this year and it has paid off. Just like on Saturday, we played our hearts out against them. Although, we ended up losing the game it was evenly matched the entire time with some long points and upwind breaks. I honestly was just so proud of my team after that game because even though we didn’t win I saw a spark in each person. Something clicked for all of them that I haven’t seen all season. With one more game to play I could feel the emotions coming. One last huddle, one last cheer, one last time this team of Saucies will ever be the exact same. Needless to say, the tears started earlier than I had anticipated. After that huddle I was already in tears walking to the line to start my final game of my college career. It was a well fought game that got a little physical at times, but we ended up losing. At the end I almost couldn’t hold myself together when Rebecca shouts “Hug Line” to send off the two seniors. I literally was drenched in tears at this point and couldn’t even look at anyone without ugly crying even more. Each person I hugged got harder and harder to keep myself (what was left of it) together. I care about all of these women so much and I am just so proud of how they all played this weekend. The last two people I hugged were our two coaches, Shayman and Dubz. I owe a great deal of gratitude for everything they did for Saucy this year. All of their time and dedication to the team was worth so much to me and I know to the team as well. I couldn’t have made the positive changes I wanted to this year without them and I’m glad they were both willing to come along for the ride.
I have been on Saucy for all four years of my college career and I couldn’t even imagine my life without it. Throughout my life and high school, I played on numerous team sports. I stayed active and loved the competition aspect. I’m glad I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone and come to the first Saucy practice on Hubbard my freshman year all alone. Not sure why I did end up going, but I’m forever thankful. It definitely (at first) wasn’t the sport that got me to keep coming back, but the people on the team. They were all so welcoming, polite, and hilarious to be around. Until this team I had a very different understanding of what a team sport was. I never knew that a team could be so supportive, compassionate, friendly, and fun to be around while still being a competitive sports team. Through the course of four years I have seen a lot of Saucies go and it saddens me every time. I knew one day I was going to be one of them, but I really didn’t think that one day would come so soon.
If you asked me three years ago if I saw myself being the captain of Saucy, I would have laughed at you and probably would some of my team members as well. But honestly, I couldn’t have been prouder to have been elected captain of Saucy for my senior year. It gave me great pleasure to give back all that Saucy gave me within my three years that I wanted to make sure the new rookies coming along, and newer vets saw what potential Saucy had. My goal for myself as captain was to be very positive, open, welcoming, supportive and a good leader. I may not be the greatest ultimate player, but I wanted to be someone that people looked up to. It’s funny how things turn out though. I believe that I learned more and took more away from each and every one of my teammates than I probably gave to them. Every time I saw a rookie get excited that they got a run through D or that they would smile while some cool play was happening it just made my day. The sheer excitement and joy coming from my team was what made being a captain all the more worth it. I remember saying to Jess at the end of the second game on Sunday that “This is the best I have ever seen you play this season”. All of the rookies and vets really played their hearts out this entire year and put in the effort with long practices, hard workouts (thankz Dubz), and bonding with the team outside of scheduled events. I’m truly going to miss everything about this team.
Saucy Nancy has truly given me my best friends that I do call my family, opportunities to travel the country, a love of a sport that I didn’t even know existed, and a community/place that I feel totally comfortable with. Although the season is over, my love for this team and for the game is not. Now for the last time…”HOT SAUCE HOT SAUCE HOT SAUCY NANCY UUGGGHH!!!!”.
Michele (Shelly…insert cowboy emoji here)
P.S. I won ever flip in Texas….so HA!
My last Sectionals was joyous, stressful, surreal, and emotionally exhausting. Pressure was high to do well since our season could have ended that weekend. I thought with how games were going that it would indeed end there, which I wasn’t ready for. One of my goals from my coaches was, thankfully, to stay positive and I did. I tried to enjoy the moments going by in games whether I was playing or on the sideline yelling and cheering. Those moments were things like our cheers, sick d’s, and laughing whenever we could through the pressure. I expected my goals from my coaches to be more like “PLAY YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST” but it was more of “savor this because you’ll never get it back”. This goal was more helpful.
Things I won’t forget from this tourney: I got a layout D and a donut for it!, I threaded through zones with my team!, and I received the honor of offensive MVP thanks to my teammates catching my throws (good or sideways).
Side note: I got to go flip for color and side with the Nebraska captains! So Fun! We shook hands and told each other good luck, so cool! (oh you know I won the flip).
Scoring the last point of the game to go to Regionals meant so much to me as a senior. We were near the end zone and I ran a strike and snatched it down. I turned to look back at my line and saw Michelle; the other Saucy senior. It almost made me cry to know that was the last point of college sectionals Michelle and I would ever play. “GROUP HUG” was yelled.
This has by FAR been the best year I have had on Saucy Nancy due to our new coaches and new rookies. I value my coaches tremendously for how they guide us in how to achieve our goal of becoming better; especially Shayman. The rookies this year are SO awesome. They are kind people who are driven to becoming better ultimate players and have already made huge strides in their new skills. It’s all about the people you are with that makes this sport great.
HFS. -Esther (sometimes Zest)
Back in March Saucy Nancy had their first spring tourney in Columbia Missouri. But sadly, it did not feel like Spring. It felt like we were playing in Antarctica. The weather was so cold that the tournament director sent us a link about the signs of hypothermia. Despite the freezing temps and crazy wind, it was my first tourney with Saucy Nancy and I experienced the values and the spirit the team brings on and off the field. We only played one day of frisbee, but it was one day of cheering, laughing, shivers, tears (from the cold) and hard work.
The first and only day we played in Columbia, we matched up against WUWU. It was my first game I was nervous, cold and excited. We played tough against them and both teams brought great vibes on and off the field. While playing everyone on the sideline and on the field were very supportive even though I was playing like a chicken with its head cut off. Our cutters made great cuts and our handlers killed it. The next game was against our biggest rival Iowa State (EW…jk). Many members of Saucy knew a lot of girls from Iowa State and it opened my eyes to the fun community Ultimate brings to everyone. The competitive environment was such a blast sadly we didn’t get the dub, but we played well against them and against the nasty wind. After Iowa v Iowa state, we played Purdue. The same energy was there against Iowa and Iowa State and I got my first D. I felt like a beast. Lastly but not least we played Wisconsin Eau Claire. We played a strong cup and had great point up and down wind. Eau Claire got a taste how spicy we can be, and we got the W. That was the last game in the freezing cold but it got hot because we played tough and spicy. At Midwest Throwdown I really saw how special Saucy Nancy was to all the players and the coaches. There is this strong community and I was so happy to be a part of it. What really made me see what Saucy was is when we danced to "We Like to Party". It was fun but serious and it made me feel like I belonged to something. A team that strives to be great, but wants to have fun at the same time.
In conclusion, The Saucy Nancy Team was hot in 30-degree weather. Even though we suffered through the freezing temps, we were thriving on and off the field as a team. Midwest Throwdown made me so happy to be part of Saucy Nancy and I can’t wait for more tournaments to come. Thank You for reading my TED Talk.
Katherine, Kath, Kruser, Kathy, Wolf Moon, Bear Claw, Burke
Missouri loves company, especially Saucy’s when you consider this was our second time in Missouri this fall. Yes ladies and gents we have already reached the pinnacle point in the season when fun and games, well they’re still fun and games but it’s time to get SERIOUS.
For all of you rookies, MLC is our transition tournament. This is where all of our work in the fall starts to come to fruition and we begin to look ahead into our spring season. MLC is undoubtedly one of the largest and most competitive fall tournaments in the Midwest. With a pool of Iowa State, Texas-Dallas, SLU and Mizzou we were looking to have a spirited weekend.
Friday we all drove down through the backwoods of Missouri to good ole Colombia. Many stops were made at El Nopal™ and there were an absurd amount of deer. My car personally had the joy of screaming in unison as Dubz swerved to avoid a cat! We were lucky enough to stay at a finer establishment, Super 8™, that had all the floor space rookies could dream of. Night time shenanigans turned into night time cuddles and we all drifted off as we dreamed of our games tomorrow.
While we were sleeping though Shayman was raging at Kesha. After that Greta and him drove to Columbia starting at like 3 am(?!!!!!??). That’s insane, thank you both for still coming.
Saturday morning started off cold and dewy. Pro tip: Do not wear slides to the fields in the morning or your socks will get wet and you’ll want to not have feet. The ceremonial buddy gift exchange happened many gatorades™ and one advent calendar were passed around as we all waited for Shayman to set up four-line. Our first game was against Texas-Dallas who made us tighten up our zone and work on our man defense as well. We ended up losing 6-10, but it was nothing to be sad about as we played really hard, also it was our first tournament as an entire team (minus Chloe, Rodes and Shayna).
Second round bye… gross. Second game State…. Hell yeah. Our zone looked amazing playing against State and our vert stack was *pinches fingers together and kisses them* perfecto. We continually made big defense plays that helped us get break after break. Final score 12-4 WE BEAT STATE. On a side note love those ladies so much, always a spirited game and always fun to play our rivals.
Our next game was against Mizzou and we continue to have some amazing lock down defense and killer vert stack plays. Another spirited game all around as we took it 13-2. At this point my wet socks were no longer making me freeze to death so Abby and I went and got matching buddy shirts, let me tell you so cute.
Our last game was against SLU who made us adjust things in our zone and think about how to take care of the disc and work it up field. Our handlers were the stars of this weekend from their big looks downfield to them just working it up and waiting patiently against another cup. We ended up taking another W, with the final score of 12-8. As Shayman and Dubz said “When did we become so good?”. Hate to break it to y’all we’ve always been this good just wanted to finish out the fall season on a high note.
So funny story, Sunday got cancelled. This has honestly the year of one year tournaments. MLC, No Missou (RIP No Wisco), ATP, our indoor next week, kinda Grinnell for a few people. Like wow, I don’t want to think about what my body is going to feel like after I have to play two days in a row. But on a good note we all went to Cracker Barrel™ and ate pancakes so another win in Saucy’s book for sure.
As a veteran it’s really fun getting to see the rookies progress and make strides into becoming mature and amazing players. Every year is a new team, but this team already feels like family to me. Rookies you did amazing, I don’t know how else to put it. You all embody a spirit and love for this game that is hard to explain, but when I see it I can’t help but smile. Veterans, y’all crushed it. We all are continually making strides and finding new areas to make improvements in. Continue to teach and be taught.
I’m so proud of my team, we have continued to make strides as we have all adjusted to this new saucy family. As we transition into indoor season I look forward to seeing continual improvement in my teammates, my coaches and myself. Until next time.
Every year, Saucy takes an annual trip to Milwaukee for the No Wisconsequences tournament (No Wisco for short). It’s usually our first experience with windy weather for the season, so teams throw out zone defenses and the sport gains a new level of skill.
This year, however, that was not the case.
Because this tournament’s weather is associated with the increasing awareness that winter is coming, it came to no surprise that with the early signs of snow so far this year, No Wisco was canceled.
This was a sad moment for the team because it is many of our players’ favorite tournaments of the season. Personally, I was probably hurt a bit more than I should’ve been because this was the second time since I’ve been with Saucy that a tournament was supposed to be in Wisconsin (my home state) and then we didn’t go at the last minute. One day the team will get to meet my dog…
Meanwhile, Shayman was hustling around trying to find us a new tournament to go to, since we had all taken time off for the tournament and were dedicated to playing that weekend. And that’s when we found No Missouronsequences (No Missco for short). Washington University’s team WUWU had decided to host a Saturday-only tournament on their outdoor turf field in order to accommodate for some teams that were out of a tournament this weekend due to the difficult Midwestern weather. We were honored to be invited and extra excited to go to St. Louis because Maddie Clark’s family offered to host us all for the night and provide breakfast and dinner for us on the day of the tournament which was extremely awesome and courteous and we could not be more grateful for how welcoming they were (like seriously, huge shout out to the Clark family for welcoming like 20 college kids into your home you are AMAZING)!
The tournament consisted of Washington University’s X and Y teams, us, and Knox College, meaning we got to play all of the teams and experience new styles of learning. The weather that day was beautiful and warm (except for the brief rain spell) and we greatly appreciated the opportunity to play at least one more tournament in the sun before the winter season started. Also, because there were only 3 games for each team to play, we were able to start at noon, so the ability to sleep in was very nice.
Our first game of No Missco was against WUWU Y. They played a tough zone against us, but we fought hard. Every point was a battle, but we persevered as we tested our skills. We were missing quite a few of our veteran players, but we tried a new strategy of handler and cutter movement that allowed cutters along the sides for easier breaks (a strategy implemented by our lovely coach Annë). The final score was 3-11. Next, we played WUWU X in a similarly well-fought game. WUWU’s two teams had similar plays and techniques, making it easier for us to anticipate their movement after playing the Y team. We fought hard and ended the game at 2-11. Our last game of the day was against Knox College (who had some reinforcements from WUWU’s teams due to low numbers). This game was an even match for the most part and was a nice way to end the day. It ended at 6-10 before we decided to play an extra point after hard cap to actually call it at 6-11. This was probably our most spirited game of the weekend and brought us together as a team (under the shade tent).
Overall, we had a great time at the makeshift No Missco tournament hosted by Wash U! We may have lost every game, but the skills we learned will help project us through the season as we keep learning and growing individually and as a team. A weekend full of ultimate is better than a weekend without ultimate, after all.
Thanks again to Wash U and the Clark family for hosting and to everyone else who contributed their time and money and efforts to make this weekend possible!
This past weekend, Saucy took a trip to Ames for a one-day tournament. We saw friends, played some ultimate frisbee, and had an overall great time.
After our first game bye, we played Anarchy. The weather was pretty nice out-not too sunny, not to cloudy, maybe a little chilly, but not awful (keep this in mind for later). We decided to test out our zone defense on another team and it went really well, boding well for our tournament this weekend. Each point posed a new challenge, but our team rose to the occasion and knocked it out of the park, ending the game with a score of 12-3 after hard cap.
Our next game was against UNI Monium. They were testing out their zone on us just as we were testing our zone out on them, so it was a good learning experience for us. The wind started to pick up quite a bit, making zone the best option for us anyway (remember this for later). They ended up beating us with a final score of 7-13, but we learned a lot about the way we play zone and had a good time testing out our skills against another team.
Our third game of the day was against Iowa State. By this time, rain was starting to come down in bursts (will make sense later), so we really had to adjust. We kept practicing our zone and the score was close; 6-7 Iowa State at halftime, but every point was hard fought. In fact, our first two points were scored by layouts, first by veteran handler Claire Meyer and then by rookie cutter Olivia Schuster (anyone can layout!!). We hit hard cap a minute into a tied score, making the race for the 9th point the most vital one. Coach Peter Shayman told the sidelines that it was a universe point, but told us to keep it a secret so as to not stress out the line. With the players not quite grasping the gravity with every possession, it was probably the best sideline participation we’ve ever had. We finally scored and beat Iowa State 9-8 three minutes after we were supposed to start our last and final game of the tournament against UNI again.
By this point in the tournament, we were all cold, exhausted and winded out, but we still played our strongest game and kept going for each and every point. We ended the day with frozen toes and a 1-7 final score after our captains decided to only play one half.
As we all piled back in the cars for the end of the day, some people swear they saw flurries (yup this is the part you were supposed to remember all that other stuff for). I personally think it was cold, misty rain, but who knows. It did seem to be a day for change and new challenges, so I wouldn’t be surprised.
Also, we (I) may have accidentally left the camera in Iowa City, but it’s fine because modern technology exists and we were still able to get some pretty groovy shots (for more pictures, check out Tamara Tingle’s Facebook photo album).
Thanks to everyone who made it a great tournament!
This past weekend, Saucy went to the first tournament of the year: Grinnell. As a rookie, I felt a bunch of emotions leading up to it: nervousness, excitement, even pure confusion. The vets told us that Grinnell was one of the most laid-back, fun tournaments of the year. And that it was.
The first game was against Macalester. They were a great team with a lot of fun players. As a rookie handler, my goal of the first game was to get situated. Figure out what was going on, and see how an actual game differs from a scrimmage against friends. It was different. The intensity was higher, and it was harder to figure out where I had to be when there weren’t stops at every turn. Overall though, I loved the atmosphere. The Macalester team was nice, and the vets on both teams gave me great advice.
Next we faced Truman State. We lost that one, but it was more experience gained. Plus, the harder team challenged us in more ways. Then we faced Nebraska, and it was one of the most fun games of the weekend. The Cuddle Raptors were a great team to play. The last game of the first day we had started to lose players, and everyone was tired. For me, it was a lot harder to play the Grinnell team and keep my spirits up than it had been before. We ended the day by forfeiting our fifth game, fearing injuries and exhaustion the next day.
The second day started off with a weird warm-up on an odd field. But we faced off against WUWU, and they played us hard every point. We had our first spirit circle, and at that moment I knew that I loved the sport wholeheartedly. The atmosphere and environment was unlike any other sport I had played before.
We wrapped up the day with two more games, against Macalester and Grinnell. Macalester was full of marathon points – we didn’t even reach half before hard cap (I understand these words now!). Grinnell was a fun turnaround from Saturday. We weren’t as tired as we were the day before, so we played better against them than we had.
Overall, the Grinnell tournament was one of the most fun experiences in any sport I’ve ever played. I learned so much about handling and playing the game. But sometimes, the sidelines were just as fun, too. I can’t wait for the next tournament. I can’t wait to play again!