After talking to a couple captains from the Section we’ve come out with an All-Section team. Keep in mind, this is limited to the response we got from captains and their responses were limited to the teams that they played or watched over the course of the weekend. Here’s what we’ve got though.
1. Ben Slade – Clemson
2. Eric “EO” Olivier – Charleston
3. Sam Gainer – Emory
4. Taylor “Tree” Goforth – Kennesaw State
5. Trevor Conrad – SCAD
6. Charlie Herrig – UGA
7. Will Carmichael – USC
Honorable Mention: Dan Jones – Georgia Southern
Suffice it to say, that’s a tough line to match up on.
Congratulations to those who made the inaugural Monup All-Section team. Feel free to put this honor on your resumes and list us as a reference. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing more of the same kind of play from those of you who moved on to Regionals.
After taking several steps back and reviewing the past weekend. We decided that we’d give out a couple awards.
Georgia – Once again the Dawgs proved that they were the best team in the section. Jojah did not struggle much with anyone and the only team that really challenged them was Emory. It’s not going to be an easy road by any means, but we’d be hard pressed to believe that UGA will not be one of the representatives from the Atlantic Coast Region at Nationals.
GCSU – We’re going to modify Vince’s words from 0:22 a little bit. They’re a Doug Oetter coached team and you know Doug Oetter coaches good spirited teams. Discconnected is not only a fun team to play against but they’re a fun team to watch. If you’re ever at the fields and you hear a vulgar and hilarious cheer, you can expect to find Discconnected somewhere close behind it.
We were unable to talk to any captains or coaches after play on Sunday. We were on the field when Georgia and Emory finished playing and didn’t get to see many of the other games in action so take this recap as mostly our opinion.
The day began with Jojah matched up with Charleston and Emory matched up with cross-town rival Georgia Tech in the championship bracket.
Today was more or less the perfect day for an tournament. While, in our opinion, wind severly detracts from the fun that is had while playing it does add an element to play that is not present with still air.
There were no large upsets to mention, the teams that were expected to go undefeated (Georgia, Emory and Georgia Tech) did so and did so with ease. Possibly the most hotly contested pool was the D pool, where Charleston upset South Carolina on universe point to steal the No. 4 seed going into Sunday. Not only that, but we found that SCAD was the most underrated team in the field. Buz gave Charleston all they wanted and a little bit more before playing with South Carolina for the entire first half.
As it turns out, it is much harder to cover an ultimate tournament that one is actually playing in. We managed to speak with the captains from every No. 1 and No. 2 seed in all four pools except for a representative of Kennesaw State and Clemson. We will touch on all six of those team’s performances and post some photos below.
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One team in the Georgia/South Carolina made a name for itself early on in this preseason. The Georgia Southern Eagles sprinted out of the gates to a 13-0 record and had two tournament victories (Frozen Goose and Battle in the Boro) under their belts. However, March would roll around and GSU would fine that its season was not going to go exactly as planned.
“We went into the Chucktown (Throwdown) 13-0 expecting to win out the weekend,” Georgia Southern junior captain Ryan Randall wrote us in an e-mail. “After our first 2 games we were 0-2 and our heads were down.”
Sometimes the hardest part of the road is the middle of the road. While the people at the top are applauded and the people at the bottom are pitied, the people in the middle, at times, cannot seem to find a place to fit in. Such has been the case for the Clemson Ultimate Joint Chiefs in the 2009 preseason.
The Joint Chiefs have seen success as varied as a semifinals appearance at their home tournament, Joint Summit, to a 2-4 performance at Queen City Tune-Up. Coping with the ups and downs of such a schedule certainly hasn’t been easy on the boys from Upstate South Carolina.
“It’s been tough,” Clemson captain and graduate student Ben Slade wrote us in an e-mail. “Despite taking half on teams like Forida, N.C. State, ECU and Dartmouth our team has consistently underperformed in the 2nd half. Just like winning solves all problems, close losses certainly wear on us.”
Sectional coordinators updated Score Reporter with Saturday’s schedule for Saturday’s GA/SC Sectionals in Columbia, S.C.
Courtesy of: upa.org
Side note/correction: Unless we’re missing something it doesn’t appear that Georgia State is going to get a second run at Clemson-B. There may be unlisted crossovers but judging by the fact that the A and B pools will be playing until 5:00 p.m. we don’t think that’s the case.
That being said, if Clemson-B and GSU don’t play on Saturday then we encourage them to find some time on Sunday to play the rubber match. The Chupacabras very well may still be looking for their first win of the season on Sunday and they think they can get it against Clemson-B. That’s a game that we’d watch.
Clemson, give the people what they want!