Central Arkansas scored the first point of the game against Oklahoma State, but that would be the last time they would lead as Abduction was unable to probe a weakness in Ultimato’s stifling zone defense, falling 11-2.
“The wind finally picked up and we were able to run our zone [defense]. Our zone has a calming effect on the team and that allowed us to get into a flow and limit our turnovers while generating some from [UCA],” said Oklahoma State captain Max Barowski.
Central Arkansas gave Oklahoma State a game early on, keeping calm under the zone pressure. However, after scoring to make it 3-2 in Ultimato’s favor, Abduction began to force the disc through the cup — and that did not work. Oklahoma State took half at 6-2 and scored five in-a-row in the second half to finish the game on an 8-0 run.
The Kansas HorrorZontals rallied from a five point second half deficit to stun Arkansas’ Ludicrous Speed, 13-10.
“We got down big and tried to do too much at once. Once we started focusing on one point, one cut and one catch at a time we started taking care of business,” said Kansas captain Joe Young.
Arkansas jumped out to a commanding 7-4 lead to take the first half on the back of several upwind breaks. After half Arkansas scored the first two points to make it 9-4, and then began to rest their starters.
Kansas kept up the intensity though, taking advantage of Arkansas’ second line and quickly scored three straight, 9-7. Arkansas’ starters reentered the game but Kansas’ Frank Plummer Jr. hustled down field to get a layout d that both shocked Ludicrous Speed and fired up the Zontals. Kansas used the layout as a catalyst to score several more points without a single turnover over a stunned Arkansas to take an 11-9 lead.
“Kansas is a good team,” said Arkansas captain Matt Jackson. “They really know how to take advantage of us when we get down on ourselves.”
After a timeout, Arkansas calmed down and appeared as if they were going to score but turned it over just shy of scoring. However, they got the disc back and caused Kansas to make its first turnover in seven points. However, with Arkansas finally moving the disc, Plummer Jr. got another layout d and finished it with a sliding layout for a bookend point and make the lead 12-9.
Arkansas would finally score on the next point to stop Kansas’ eight point run, but it was too-little too-late, as the Zontals answered to finish the game one point later.
The Kansas State Huckstables utilized four foot-blocks on the mark to upset the number one seed Washington University Contra 11-7 in Pool-B at the Ozark Conference Tournament on Saturday.
The game was a back and forth affair for much of the first half. The two teams traded points until Kansas State was finally able to get some separation from Washington University by getting a foot block. That turn allowed them to go up a break, 5-3, which they held onto until half at 6-4.
After half, Contra scored the first two points to tie the game at sixes, but the Huckstables answered with a four point run brought on by another foot-block to make it 10-6. The teams traded points to finish the game.
“Our team played really well,” said team captain Cameron Hunter. “Our offense played well and our defense really stepped up in the second half.”
In addition to the four foot-blocks, the Kansas State defense recorded three other forced turns.