Coming into the tournament seeded 4th in their pool and 15th overall out of the 24 teams, Oklahoma State Ultimato came out slow against the 2nd seed Tulane in their first game of the day, but were able to settle down with quick transition scores off of Tulane’s turnovers.
In the second game against the 1st seed, Georgia Southern, Ultimato came out firing and never looked back. Oklahoma State’s zone did not allow Georgia Southern to find a comfort zone as they were turning the disc over trying to beat Ultimato’s D and the stiff wind. OSU rolled to a 13-5 win.
The next game, against Tennessee-Chattanooga, was much of the same, a stifling zone getting turnovers and quick, easy scores for OSU. This victory wrapped up the pool for Ultimato. Bringing only 13 healthy bodies, OSU chose to give limited playing time to their key players against Mississippi State to save their legs and to keep them from getting injured. Oklahoma State ended up losing, 13-11.
In the first game Sunday, the host team, Alabama Yellow Hammer was matched up against Harding Apocalypse. Bama got out to a fast 7-3 lead at half. However, Harding came out in the second half with tons of energy and a solid game plan. Harding dressed almost 25 guys for this tournament and all of them were active on the sidelines when they weren’t in the game. Harding quickly got back in the game and ended up trading points with Alabama, but never seemed to break through until 13-12 when they went on a 3-0 run to finish off Yellow Hammer.
In the Quarterfinals, Harding matched up with Oklahoma State. Harding jumped out to a quick three point lead, easily marching down the field against Ultimato’s flat defense. OSU was able to bring it close at 6-5 with a few quick stuff and scores. Harding responded to take it to 8-6 at half. Harding took the first point out of half to put it to 9-6 and from that point on both teams were trading points. Ultimato was never able to get a break back against Apocalypse. Falling in the quarters, 15-11.
Oklahoma State dropped down to the 5th place bracket where they had a rematch from pool play Saturday against UT-Chattanooga.
Harding went on to play Ohio State in the semis, losing a very tight one, 15-13.
The wind was a major factor through out the tournament and especially on Saturday, with steady 15 mph cross-winds and gusts up to 25 mph.