The fall season thus far has been both busy and successful for SERF, attending three tournaments – Whitesmoke XVI!, a one day round robin at Ohio University, and Ohio State’s Fall Brawl – after hosting the Fall Preview all the way back in the beginning of September. All of our veterans have been astonished with how quickly our freshman and new sophomores have picked up the game, which is no doubt in large part due to the efforts of our new (hopefully permanent) coach, Brady, formerly of Chicago’s Machine. Low numbers at some of those tournaments gave rookies many opportunities to shine, particularly at the OU round robin over October Break, where a 10 man Kenyon squad composed of one senior, one junior, two sophomores, and six freshmen beat two OSU teams and one of two OU teams, all easily twice the size of our own team.
In three weeks SERF will be driving out to Columbia, MO, for Missouri Loves Company, where we will match up against some of the most elite college teams in the country, including Colorado Mamabird, the Wisconsin Hodags, Iowa IHUC, Minnesota Grey Duck, Michigan MagnUM, and everyone’s favorite DIII ballers, Carleton CUT. This is by far the most competitive tournament that SERF has ever attended, and we hope that success there will put us in good standing to attend similar tournaments in the spring. We are very excited.
The 2011 campaign was the most successful season in the history of SERF. Overall the team went 20-9 this spring, finishing 6th at Regionals. We went down in the quarter-finals 15-9 to the University of Pittsburgh, who went on to win the region and were seeded first at Division I Nationals.
Looking at the odometer we put a total of 8,228 miles on our school’s van fleet to play frisbee. Thanks Kenyon!
After underperforming during the regular season, SERF has started the 2011 college series off with a bang, going 4-0 on the weekend at Conferences, walking to a 1st place finish and snapping up the bid to D-I Regionals. Playing in atrocious weather and with a fair number of key players injured or sick, SERF remained mentally strong and established itself not simply as the dominant team in the conference but as yet another D-III program with longevity and growing momentum.
We look forward to proving our mettle at D-I Regionals. With only one bid to Nationals out of the region, each game will no doubt be hotly contested, but SERF will continue to set its sights on the highest level of achievement and competition.
SERF 2010-2011: Part One; or, Club season 2010. SERF will be missing a number of juniors this semester, scattered around the globe pursuing their studies and interests off the frisbee pitch, but their spots will be filled by more incoming freshmen with high school playing experience under their belts’ than ever before. With Adrian Galbraith-Paul in New Zealand, Adrian Galvin in India, Brendan O’Connor in Ireland, and Reilly Brock in Arizona there is plenty of room for new faces to display their talents and old heads to refine theirs. When those abroad return, the SERF family will have grown, once again, bigger, stronger, faster, and with more love for its members and the game than ever before.
Jordan Rhyne ’13, SERF’s resident business tycoon, has launched the website for his new car service, K-Rides, the proceeds from which will in large part benefit the team.
This weekend Reilly Brock ’12 and Kenny Polyak ’12 participated in an open hat tournament organized by 2009 UPA Club Championship Finalists Revolver. Revolver players, dispersed evenly amongst the teams, inspired these two, still relatively new to the sport, not only with their athleticism but also with their intuitive understanding how the disc ought to move around the field. Reilly and Kenny shared a connection on an up-line huck that Kenny brought down in an apparently spectacular bid, and Reilly snagged the game-winning catch off a turn-the-page cut that ended in a one-handed layout for a disc thrown by “one of Revolvers best players. He had a Colorado Ultimate Tattoo and could sky anyone out there so he seemed pretty legit.” This, presumably, would be Mac Taylor.
By all accounts, a very successful day of ultimate.
After a fantastic fall spent in collaboration with Oberlin College as Kenobi and Onyon, Kenyon set out to endure the grueling Ohio winter in the weight room and the indoor track by warming up from the cold with workouts and basketball. We began the college season with a trip down to Charlotte, NC for Queen City Tune Up, a highly competitive tournament that began with two to three inches of snow on the ground. SERF nonetheless persevered, relishing the opportunity to play tough teams in tough conditions. Shattering expectations and making teams play harder than they want to is what SERF does best, and in pool play on Saturday against NC State, UNC-Wilmington, Delaware, and UPenn that is exactly what we did, upsetting Penn in the second round 9-7. On Sunday morning SERF trounced Davidson 11-4, but lost 11-9 in a heart-breaker to William & Mary. Despite the weather, SERF headed back to Ohio tired and happy, ready to work in the coming weeks to maintain our status as a high caliber team, and ready to raise that caliber even higher.
A stellar week at High Tide in Georgia and going undefeated at the ridiculously windy 75th Annual Fred (Kenyon’s home tournament) provided team bonding experiences, though a spate of sparsely attended practices and the lack of a second highly competitive tournament with the cancellation of Roll Call due to weather allowed for a certain lack of focus to spread throughout the team as Sectionals approached. From the first point of the first game, however, it was obvious that SERF still knew what it was doing on the frisbee field. With the 13-2 trouncing of a clearly tired Kentucky team, SERF took the pool with vigor and headed back to Gambier knowing that in the morning we would face a tenacious Ohio University team that in winning Pool C had itself exceeded expectations. SERF would lose that first game against Ohio 15-7, only to meet arch-rivals Xavier University in the next game, which we won 15-10. Again we found ourselves looking down-field at a tired but hungry Kentucky team, who again found themselves unable to make headway against SERF’s killer defense and machine-like offense, Kenyon winning again 15-4. Once more we were to play OU, who had just lost to Ohio State University, perennial sectional champions, on universe point 14-13. This time, Kenyon took OU to the edge, but they managed to hold us off and won again 13-12. Again, SERF was pleased with how well everyone had played, but took that only as an indicator of how much better everyone could be. So began preparation for Regionals.
After a hard-fought first half (8-7) against Indiana University in the first round of Regionals (observed by Mike Gerics and some other guy), a much smaller than usual SERF lost rhythm and flow and could not connect for another point for the rest of the game. This continued to plague the team well into the next game, again against Kentucky, who undoubtedly sought to avenge their bruised egos, until the authoritative play of Russell Wallack ’11 and Adrian Galvin ’12 ended the contest at 16-14. The rest of the tournament was postponed until the following weekend, when in a glorious upset Kenyon would topple 6th seeded Purdue 12-9. Again Kenyon would meet Ohio, and again we lost (15-6). Having broken seed (originally 12th) to tie with Nationals-contender Ohio State University for 7th, however, provided a telling insight into how far the team had come. This was, after all, only the second year SERF had made Regionals. And now, amidst the stress of exams and the end of the school year, we would prepare physically and mentally for our most exciting tournament yet: the UPA’s Division III College Championships.
On the Saturday of the Championships SERF found itself again lacking players, this time several seniors who had stayed at Kenyon for graduation and would be making the trek up to Wisconsin that night (Rob Long and Tom Brown, however, were with us the whole weekend). The day began with SERF seeded 2nd in what was no doubt the most exciting pool of the day, with inspired play from Puget Sound, Princeton, and sectional neighbors Oberlin. After Russell Wallack ’11 and Justin Shipley ’11 connected twice to end a game against Princeton that was closer than it should have been (15-14), and halfway through which Adrian Galvin ’12 was forced to leave on account of food poisoning, SERF found itself losing to an Oberlin team whose level of play was completely unexpected. After having manhandled Oberlin at the Fred, no one anticipated how hard we would have to work to beat them, and it cost us the game (11-15). After settling our nerves and tempers, we entered the third and final game of pool-play against Puget Sound with refocused energy and willful determination.
The paradigm shift in mentality was immediately apparent (and, it should be noted, self-reinforcing), as play after play was made with impossible precision. Nobody gave up steps on defense, cuts came in strong and with purpose, and the hours and hours of training we had put in all year paid off tenfold. The day ended with a triumphant 11-15 win for SERF, which, with Princeton‘s defeat of Oberlin, gave us the pool and the bye through the crossover round. In the Sunday morning quarter-finals against Kalamazoo, SERF was joined by seniors Paul Rutherford, Peter Johnson, Travis Cook, and a newly healthy Adrian Galvin ’12 who helped us make our way into the semi-finals with an authoritative 15-11 win. There we would meet returning champions Carleton-GOP, whose quick, precise throws and poachy, aware defense stymied a hard working SERF for the 15-6 win. GOP would go on to beat Whitman in the finals 15-11.