UDU searches for ‘Needle in a Ho Stack’

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Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor

 

Ultimate Frisbee won all four of its games on the first day of the UTA tournament, but lost its next two games on the second day. The team finished fourth overall. –Photo courtesy of Jane Dugyon
Ultimate Frisbee won all four of its games on the first day of the UTA tournament, but lost its next two games on the second day. The team finished fourth overall.
–Photo courtesy of Jane Dugyon

This past weekend, the University of Dallas’ Ultimate Frisbee team (UDU) competed in its second tournament of the academic year, the “A Needle in a Ho Stack” Tournament hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).

Saturday proved to be a busy, breezy and successful day for UDU, with the team ending the day with a 4-0 record. The team achieved a victory over University of Texas at Houston in the first game with a final score of 13-9. Seniors Patrick Mangan and Matt “Mexi” Melendez each tallied key upwind points, and first-year seminarian Christian Gaeta and senior Christian Walker both played solidly to secure the win.

The next game of the day, against Sam Houston State University, ended with a score of 13-7. The MVP award for the game went to prospie and surprise player, Daniel Mangan, who was largely responsible for the win.

In the third game, UD defeated the University of Texas at Dallas in a close match (11-10). The game was hard won, with points going back and forth in quick succession.

Luckily, UDU got a break from difficult play during the next game against the University of Texas at Austin, winning easily with a score of 13-4. Austin Walker topped off the day of great play with a Callahan.

UDU struggled on Sunday, playing on a new field in Fort Worth due to muddy conditions. The team went 0-2 for the day, losing to Texas Christian University 11-13 and UTA alumni 11-13.

“[Freshman] Marty Sentmanat was a beast out there – running around, taking care of business, makin’ his momma proud,” commented Melendez after the game against the UTA alumni.

UDU finished in fourth place overall in the tournament. Next week, the team will head to Arkansas for the Harvest Moon Tournament, one of the largest tournaments of the season.

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