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          For Gobies, this weekend is first step to goal

          Greg Meyer

          Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Sports
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          Senior Brian Nelson holds the disk during the High Tide tournament over spring break. The Fighting Gobies will hope to play well enough during this weekend's sectional tournament to advance to regionals.
          Senior Brian Nelson holds the disk during the High Tide tournament over spring break. The Fighting Gobies will hope to play well enough during this weekend's sectional tournament to advance to regionals.
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          The Fighting Gobies, CWRU'S Ultimate Frisbee team, is gearing up for the beginning of the biggest tournament of the season this weekend. On Saturday morning the men's and women's teams will begin their quest to claim ultimate glory on May 28 in Madison, Wis. at the Ultimate Players Association college championship.

          The first step on that journey, the sectional tournament, is this weekend, held in Granville, Ohio. During the spring season thus far the women's team has been playing very well, with their only loss coming to a strong University of Notre Dame team in sloppy conditions at the Philly Classic in early March. Right now, the women are ranked 23rd by the UPA and are the top seed going into the weekend.

          The men's team is also playing well, and has a large group of returning players on the team this year. "We have a lot of guys dedicated to making the regional tournament," said senior Kevin Pochatila. "We had some good wins down in Georgia earlier in the season and have set higher expectations than our finish last year."

          In the men's division, there are 26 teams entered to compete with the top five advancing to the regional tournament, while the women's division only has 14 teams entered, with the top six teams advancing to the regional tournament.

          You can check both the men's and women's teams progress over the weekend on upa.org or check out the club's website, ultimate.cas.edu, to get more information about the teams.
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