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      Ultimate: Women Gobies have fighting chance at regionals

      Katie Chioran

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Sports
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      The women's ultimate frisbee team, the Fighting Gobies, continued their winning streak throughout the sectionals tournament at Denison University last weekend. Out of the eight women's teams competing in sectionals, Case competed against six teams and came out undefeated to earn a bid to regionals on May 2 and 3.

      The Gobies faced teams they were familiar with, including Ohio University, who they defeated 14-11 at sectionals, compared to a larger win margin of 11-6 in a previous match up. With 15 women playing for the team total over the tournament weekend, the Gobies had plenty of substitutes to rely on in order to keep everyone well rested, but six one-hour, 20 minute games over the span of two days still proved tiring.

      Fortunately for the men's team, there were even more players to provide backup and substitutes throughout the tournament. However, the rest times between games served to benefit other, smaller teams who needed time to regain strength while the Gobies' large numbers could have allowed the team to maintain its energy throughout several games.

      The men's team played nine games over the course of just two days, but their results were not as favorable as the women's. Out of the 28 teams competing in the East Plains College Open Sectionals, six were promised bids to regionals. The initial pool play on the first day of the tournament secured the men's team a spot in the A pool, giving them a chance to get a bid to regionals.

      During their first match, in the bracket for sixth place and the final bid to regionals, the Gobies soundly defeated Kent State 15-10. Their next game, just 15 minutes after the first, was another win, this time against Kentucky, who had originally been set in the second place bracket. Moving on in the bracket, however, Case fell to Western Kentucky University during the third game in a row for both teams. While both teams had scored 15 points per game before facing each other, Western Kentucky dominated Case with a 15-5 win, knocking the Gobies out of the running for the last regionals bid. The men's team ultimately secured the No. 9 spot after forfeiting their last match in order to head home early.

      The women's team, however, earned the first bid in their tournament and anticipates a good performance at regionals. Currently, the University of Michigan is the only team in the Gobies' Great Lakes region ranked ahead of them in the Ultimate Players' Association national ranking (at No. 7), so the Women Gobies expect some big wins to come out of the tournament. However, with 54 teams in the Great Lakes region, there will be plenty of unfamiliar teams the Gobies have yet to see or compete against.

      The women have proven themselves to be an up-and-coming team to beat this year, with a total of 27 wins and just two tournament losses. However, the team's limited exposure to teams outside their section leaves room for uncertainty as the Gobies head into the regional tournament.
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