Kevin Key, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas Ultimate Frisbee team (UDU) went away to do battle on the weekend of Feb. 15-16 in Arkansas at the Hendrix Ultimate Experience, or HUX, for its biggest tournament of the regular season. The team spent the entire weekend in the little town of Conway playing against teams that it will later face in regionals.
UDU came out on fire, sweeping Hendrix College 13-0, last year’s regional victor Harding University 13-8 and Washington University 13-6. These three wins procured UDU a spot in the winners’ bracket on Sunday against The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). UTD was looking to win back the honor of being Dallas’ best Ultimate team after being beaten by UDU over Groundhog weekend. However, UDU would not have any of it and promptly put UTD in its place.
Although Harding was the biggest win of the weekend, UDU looked forward even more to its game against John Brown University (JBU). At the end of the first half UDU was down by three with a score of 8-5. Unfortunately, JBU finished very strong and won the game 15-6, placing UDU in the quarterfinals against Louisiana State University (LSU).
UDU went into the quarterfinals hurting; Christian and Austin Walker and Kevin Key were all injured and unable to play in the match. After trailing at the half 8-4, UDU made an incredible comeback, led by freshman Jack Teller, but despite UDU’s best efforts, the final score was an unfortunate 15-13.
UDU took seventh place overall in the tournament. While this was less than the team had hoped for, the weekend itself was a success considering the big wins and good play. All of the players performed well as a team, and this was exactly what Coach Utesch had been looking for — that UDU would no longer have to rely on a select group of players to win big games. The HUX tournament is famous among college Ultimate teams as the one of the best showcases of the season, and Coach Utesch and his players were pleased with their overall performance.