Music City Tune-Up 2012
This past weekend, SERF returned to Nashville, Tennessee to play at Vanderbilt University’s Music City Tune-Up. SERF entered the tournament as the 5th seed overall, matched up in a pool with the host team, Emory University, and the University of Wisconsin B-team. SERF easily dispatched Wisco-B in the first round 13-4, but the strength of the Wisconsin program was nonetheless very apparent. The second round against Emory was a rematch from last year, and for the second year in a row SERF prevailed. Staying on serve for the first half, SERF punched in a few breaks early in the second and rode those to the hard cap. In the third round, we found ourselves lined up across the field from a Vanderbilt team who had only a week before taken down Ohio rivals University of Cincinnati. SERF D-line broke to take half 7-3, but the home team took advantage of some O-line miscues in the second half and started building a comeback before D-line again clamped down and finished out the game 13-11.
The fourth round of play on Saturday consisted of crossover games to determine which side of the bracket teams would be placed on Sunday, with each of the pool winners playing each other. In our first game played with observers of the year, SERF found ourselves playing in another rematch, this time against a team we had lost to in the consolation bracket at MLC: St. Louis University. This time, SERF took half 7-6, but allowed SLU to come back and win 13-11 in a heartbreaker.
Sunday morning SERF played in the quarterfinals against the University of Mississippi, an athletic team but a small one. SERF came out sluggish and was down 8-6 at half, but fired things up in the second and put Ole Miss away 15-12. In the semi-finals SERF ground out solid defensive play but ultimately would lose on double game point to the resilient University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Rather than play against Vanderbilt again in the 3rd place game, SERF opted to get on the road early.
SERF has set the bar high for the rest of the season, and with two key seniors missing — one on the O-line and one on the D-line — we will be looking forward to our next tournament, the Easterns Qualifier in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Thanks again to the Warlick family for being such gracious and generous hosts!