Ladies of Bama Secs, feel free to chime in below with a hype fest of your own (the men have their own thread). We are planning to have All-Conference, POTY and FOTY awards for the ladies, but we can’t do it if there isn’t enough support from the community. That’s you!
LSU coach John “Pingy” Nguyen sent us this tournament recap from the ladies’ side of things at Bama Secs last weekend. Enjoy:
Alabama – A great season thus far, really on the back of Caroline Marsh. Marsh is as advertised. She was probably the best player I saw this weekend. Excellent throws and consistently guards the top players on every team. She has a supporting cast that can work with her, but without her, they aren’t the top team.
Vanderbilt – This was a huge surprise for me, Vandy didn’t look like they have very much star power, but you could tell they at least had the right idea on how to play on offense and on defense. For them to upset Auburn in the Semis in a big deal for them this season.
Auburn – I still think they’re the best team in a 1v1 game as apparent in the undefeated pool play results. But their problem of no legs caught up to them in bracket play. They have very solid players and very good athleticism. I would say a disappointing sectionals for them, but at least they got to regionals and beat a top 25 FSU team.
LSU – Definitely a tale of two teams all weekend. Going up 7 – 2 on Vandy in pool play before letting off 6 straight; going up 4 – 1 on Auburn in pool play before crashing at the end; going up 5 – 2 on Bama in the semis before getting rolled. They’ll be in a rebuilding year next year with many of their top players graduating.
Tulane – Typically a very good team having a rebuilding year. You could see that they were trying to do the right things, but just not having the experience to execute all the way. I’ll venture out and say they’ll be back in the title picture next year.
Mississippi – Probably the most spirited team out there. A group of girls that just want to go and play. Most impressed with their desire to go out, get beat, but still finish all their games with pride.
Teams not there:
Mississippi St. – They weren’t “competition ready” so they didn’t show up. I was kinda disappointed they didn’t go. It’s a $125 tournament in their own state, no one is expecting you to go and “compete”, but just go out and play some Ultimate. I hope to see them around next year.
Southern Mississippi – Honestly, I think they did great for their first year. Granted they lost all their games, but they traveled a lot and I think that’ll translate to excellent team chemistry as time moves on. Maybe they can sneak in to be the top Mississippi team next year, it’s very possible.
People that impressed me this weekend
- Caroline Marsh (Alabama), it only makes sense that the best player on the top team gets the nod. She played up to hype at Sectionals and deserves to be here
- Allyson Lutz (LSU), didn’t have a great tournament, but you probably couldn’t tell unless you already know how good she really is. What else do you expect from a Lutz though.
- #22 Auburn, she was a really good player in a group of good players. She did a lot for her team this weekend
- Orange tank Auburn, this girl is probably the fastest girl I saw all weekend and I didn’t see her slow down. Reminds me of a Tyler Bourgeois before he joined a frat.
- Emeila Marshall (LSU), little Asian girl that got up big. On more than several occasions did she climb the ladder and left you speechless.
Other people you shouldn’t overlook
- Lauren Smith (LSU), this girl doesn’t stop (until her knee doesn’t stay in place). Lots of emotion and plays tough tough defense.
- Auburn girl with a bad ankle, even limping around on the final game of the day, she was making layouts and throwing scores.
- Emily Reckenbeil (LSU), The tall blond that got open all the time.
- Asian on Vandy, she ran around a lot, maybe not the top player, but the offense moves through her.