Our first day at Regionals started the Seattle-area Eats, Throws, and Leaves. We came out pretty cold in this game, but the number two seed in our pool were not pushovers. They controlled both halves pretty soundly, and cruised to a 15-5 win.
Our second game of pool play was against the Wolverines, the team that would go on to win Regionals and secure a bid to Nationals. They took half soundly 8-1, but we finally cranked up the intensity and put on four more points in the second half to lose 15-5. Not a bad performance against a team that will be a top contender in Sarasota.
The third and final game of pool play pitted us against last year’s world champions, the Mental Toss Flycoons. The Flycoons roster has changed dramatically since their world championship win, and the team was hungry to come out and have a strong showing at Regionals this year. We were competitive for much of this game, but the Flycoons turned the corner in the end, winning 15-10.
The last game on Saturday was the crossover game against the Boise, Idaho team, Sawtooth. The Washington weather had cooperated up until this game, but the rain started flowing for this game. Despite that, neither team was particularly sloppy. We traded points for most of the game, and despite holding a lead late, Sawtooth closed out the game, 15-13.
Our first game on Sunday was against the tournament’s number two seed, Bigfoot. Bigfoot had been upset on Saturday by American BBQ and then lost their crossover game against the remarkable Team Fisher Price, which dropped them out of contention for Nationals. Bigfoot took an early 3-0 lead with a few hammers and a lot of showboating, but we really locked down and surprised Bigfoot by going into half only down two points, 8-6. We hung with the Nationals hopefuls up to 10-8, when Bigfoot put on a five point run to close out the game, 15-8. We played with great intensity in this game and showed that we can put up some points on one of the best Mixed teams in the country.
Our second game Sunday was a rematch against Sawtooth. Our game against Bigfoot had fired us up early, as we took half 8-4. However, our intensity lagged a little and Sawtooth showed some incredible discipline and fire as they won the game 16-14.
Several other teams had forfeited their games at this point, but we found that Death Star, our neighbors from Davis, were looking for a game, and we were pumped to play them. Despite being so close, we hadn’t played against Death Star since our very first game as a team. Since people on both sides were tired, we agreed to play to 11. Our O line never game up a break on our way to an 11-7 victory. Trung turned in an especially strong game, pulling down a lot of deep hucks and Ding several, as well.
Our win over Death Star meant that we broke seed at Regionals, placing 15th. It was a great weekend for CP, and the experience we gained will really help us this off-season and into next year. We really want to thank all of our supporters, those who wished us well this weekend, and especially those who donated to help us making it to Seattle this week. Your support helped us get there, and means more to us than we can say. Thank you, Sacramento!