College Update: SoCal Warmup, OFUDG, DIII Power Rankings

The final dispatch from the college fall.

The USC Hellions of Troy took the title over UCLA at the Kendra Fallon Memorial.
The USC Hellions of Troy took the title over UCLA at the Kendra Fallon Memorial.

Each week during the spring season, we will publish a bite-sized weekly recap of the action across the College Division. This will serve as a supplement to our standard tournament reporting and will offer a high-level look at the latest happenings and the biggest stories of the week. Expect occasional updates throughout the fall.

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Men’s

Arizona Surprises With So Cal Warmup Win

Arizona defeated USC 10-8 in the finals of So Cal Warmup to reassert themselves as a Southwest challenger.

Historically, Arizona has been a Southwest standout with multiple Nationals appearances. While the region’s bigger threats (Stanford, Cal Poly, UC Davis) did not play down in San Diego this weekend, Arizona got some nice wins, including a 10-9 double game point victory over Arizona State.

ASU finished third after topping San Diego State on Sunday afternoon.

Northwest’s Best Meet At OFUDG

#1 Oregon, #11 Washington, Utah, Western Washington, and a number of other area universities met in Eugene for the annual late fall tournament, OFUDG. With many teams playing as split squads and a number of alumni teams in attendance, the final result — a 15-13 victory for Lane Community College over an Oregon alumni team — doesn’t tell us much.

Oregon was playing split with a team of returners (made the semis) and a team of rookies plus the three captains (won their pool but lost to eventual champion 15-11 in quarters). Washington played as a single team and reached the semis.

A rainy, windy Sunday made for less than meaningful results.

We are left with few takeaways beyond what we already know: Oregon and Washington are the frontrunners in the region this year. We await the spring for a clearer picture.

DIII Power Rankings Are Here

Check out the late fall/preseason power rankings for Division III Men’s!

Women’s

USC Tops UCLA To Win KFall

#21 USC blew by #8 UCLA in the Kendra Fallon Memorial (formerly SoCal Warmup, ‘KFall’ for short) final to the tune of 11-4.

USC, the third Nationals qualifier out of the four bid Southwest last year, may have proven that they deserve to be considered the #2 team in the region this season behind #1 Stanford. UCLA lost some key pieces, including Kristen Pojunis, and USC retains a very potent handler corps.

UC San Diego, who lost close to UCLA in semis, finished third with a big win over Arizona State.

OFUDG Offers Power Pool Play To Northwest Teams

#2 Whitman, #5 Oregon, #12 Western Washington, #14 Washington, and other Northwest teams came out for a weekend of final fall games at OFUDG. The tournament did not feature a bracket, but many of the top teams (some split squad) faced off over the two days.

Strong play from Oregon, WWU, and Whitman were the highlights of the weekend that featured some rough weather on Sunday.

DIII Power Rankings Are Here

Check out the late fall/preseason power rankings for Division III Women’s!

Looking Ahead

  • Thanksgiving is here and competitive fall college ultimate has come to a close. We’ll see you back here in January!
  • The Division I Power Rankings will get a small update within the next week.
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