If anyone were to walk through Kalamazoo College’s campus during the fall or spring, they may be inclined to say that ultimate frisbee is one of the most popular sports at the college. This year it was even more popular for both men and women, and this popularity found some great success along the way.
The men’s team, Ultimate Buzz, went 6 and 1 at sectionals in April this year. The men also finished third at regionals this season. They experienced continued success throughout the whole school year, and this showed in their successful appearances at sectionals and regionals.
The Ultimate Buzz only lost the one game at sectionals and it was decided by only a single point. Due to their outstanding point differential of plus-43, it allowed them to advance past sectionals. The Ultimate Buzz was able to carry over their good play from sectionals over to regionals.
At regionals, the team performed admirably and this got them to the game that could possibly send them to nationals. After a long game, the Ultimate Buzz suffered defeat by only a few points. The men just missed out on going to nationals this year, leaving them hungry for more come next spring. This is the best performance by Ultimate Buzz in several years as they showed character and performed well in every tournament they participated in this season.
The women’s team, Queen Beez, also had an outstanding season this school year. For their spring break trip they traveled south as a team and participated in the High Tide tournament. After one day of play the Queen Beez came out with a 2 and 1 record. Their strong play and consistent performances allowed them to place second in the tournament overall.
Senior co-captain Alissa Neff’15 said, “We had a huge success this year. We came in second over spring break then we got fourth at sectionals.”
Despite not being able to qualify out of a difficult sectional draw, the Queen Beez experienced their best season in memory. Neff’15 mentioned all the young talent on the Queen Beez and has high hopes for the team in coming years.