This weekend at the Illinois Invite, the Ball State men’s frisbee team finished sixth out of 17 teams. Senior Will Hanna said the team got off to a slow start on Saturday.
“I’m very happy with how everyone played and there is a lot of improvement,” said Hanna.
The Wizardz (11-11, 6-2 Eastern Plains Conference) on Saturday went 2-2 in pool play. One of the games that stood out in pool play was Marquette. The final score of this game was 13-5. Senior Tim Perkey said even though they lost, they showed Marquette what they could do.
“We fought really hard in the fourth game of the day against the number one seed in the tournament,” said Perkey.
On Sunday, the Wizardz turned a corner of starting off hot. The team started off with a win against St. Thomas, 13-9. After the win, the team faced a familiar foe of Michigan-B. Hanna said the team played harder against them.
“I was really impressed, especially after the last two times we played them at the Indy Invite,” said Hanna. “I think we played them way harder and improved a lot.”
The Wizardz had lost to Michigan-B, 8-10. In the semi-final game of the 5th place bracket, the team faced Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Hanna said this was it was a good game for the team.
“We kind of rose above and played really hard against them,” said Hanna.
The Wizardz finish the regular season at 11-11. With EPC only two weekends away, Perkey said the team got to see B teams of other EPC teams.
“ It gave us a good sort of view of what these teams will be like, what they will be running and prepare for it,” said Perkey. “We should prepare for the wind.”
At EPC last year, the Wizardz were able to move onto the Great Lakes Regionals. Hanna said this tournament will lead really well into conference.
“ I think we will take some of this momentum as far as team chemistry overall and confidence,” said Hanna. “Come Conference time, we will be ready and I think we will show up.”