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GA/SC Sectionals Preview – Georgia Southern

Courtesy of Ryan Randall

 

Courtesy of Ryan Randall

 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.”

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GA/SC Sectionals Previews – Clemson

Clemson UltimateSometimes 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.”

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GA/SC Sectionals Preview – Georgia

Jojah

If there is any team in the nation this season who can respect every side of the spectrum of a college ultimate season it is Jojah Ultimate. The Dawgs have been on top and they have been at the bottom. They have gone from being declared contenders for the National Championship to being declared one of the most overrated teams on the college scene. 

The rumors that Jojah was overrated came after the Dawgs, on the heels of a finals appearance at Florida Warm Up and rolling most their competition at Queen City Tune Up, went 0-7 at The Stanford Invite.

Then, as a result of inclement weather, the Dawgs missed a chance to get back on their feet when Sunday action was rained out at College Terminus after Jojah had gotten out to a 4-1 start on Saturday. Although the Dawgs did not finish perfect at College Easterns in Wilmington, N.C. they forced their way into playing for fifth after a loss to eventual tournament runner-up, Virginia.

Finally Georgia would get one last shot at some of the Nationals competitors that gave it such a hard time at The Stanford Invite. UGA traveled to St. Louis for Huck Finn, Cultimate’s final regular season tournament. The Dawgs could not conquer the national field as once again they left a Cultimate tournament less than satisfied with their performance. The Dawgs went 2-5, with all five losses coming against UPA and NUMP Top 15 competition.

As a result of a drama and disappointment filled season UGA is coming into the GA/SC Sectionals ready to play.

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GA/SC Sectionals Preview – Georgia State

Being new to ultimate is never easy. Having a young team in any sport is never easy. Combining those two attributes onto a single team can cause some extreme difficulty. Such is the case for Georgia State this season. Chupacabra Ultimate is in its first season and the team’s record (0-8) and ranking (No. 462 in the UPA Open division) has reflected that youth and inexperience.

What the Chupacabras may lack in wins, they make up for in exuberance that may remind many seasoned veterans of themselves in their early stages of learning the game.

“(Freshman co-captain) Chris (Hill) and I have known from the get-go that this first year is going to be extremely difficult,” freshman co-captain Korey Meek wrote us in an e-mail. “Unfortunately we have not been able to pull out a win yet. The team has shown exponential growth between each tournament … and it’s only a matter of time before we get that win that everyone is so hungry for.”

The Chupacabras have certainly been close on several occasions. During the Under Dawg Classic in Athens last weekend GSU lost its final three games by a combined nine points. However, unfortunately for GSU, hunger and close does not translate to a high seed. The Chupacabras enter into Sectionals in Columbia as the bottom seed of the tournament. As a result Meek has set a team goal to break seed in the team’s grudge match against No. 15 seeded Clemson-B.

“We played (Clemson-B) back in the fall,” Meek wrote. “Like I said, our team has grown exponentially in the past months and I think beating the No. 15 seed, Clemson-B is an attainable goal.”

Though they may lack experience, Meek believes the Chupacabras have some of the pieces that they need in order to become a competitive team. Among those pieces are freshmen Justin Cumbey and Chris “Tree” Mylenbush. Cumbey handles for GSU and has a propensity to layout on defense and Mylenbush, according to Meek, earns his nickname in the air. Although there is athleticism, drive and hunger, Meek knows that it may be a few years before GSU’s core starts getting recognized as a threat in the section.

“Having such a young team is difficult right now as we have very little experience on the team and by no means any seasoned veterans,” Meek said. “I think that having a young team will play to our advantage in the long run. If we continue to grow as we have, we will be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years. Our goal is for teams to be worried about playing us.”

Although there are plenty of bumps in the road ahead of the young Georgia State program. They certainly have the attitude and the young core to become a player in the GA/SC section. One need look no further than GSU alumni and current Chain Lightning o-liner Josh “Cricket” Marquette to know that there are diamonds in the rough among the Georgia State student population. Meek and company plan on playing to their potential this weekend and continuing to build a program by learning from more experienced teams in the section.

“Chupacabra Ultimate is hungry for a win,” Meek said. “If we play like I know we can, we’ll get one. I am really looking forward to playing our best ultimate all season as well as learning as much as possible this weekend.”

Georgia State will see action against Emory, Clemson, Georgia-B and Clemson-B on Saturday.