Five Takeaways from Day One of SBI 2023: Women’s Division

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BYU after an undefeated Friday and Saturday. Photo: Joel Dehlin.

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SANTA BARBARA, Cal. — With the Santa Barbara Invite kicking off a slew of competitive tournaments in the Southwest in the first full season with rankings since 2019, the first day of the tournament is always useful in identifying new trends that will carry throughout the season. There’s no shortage of insight from Saturday, but here’s what caught our eye on day one of the Santa Barbara Invite.

Pool Play Results


The Bracket

Zone Offense is On The Rise

For at least a decade now, there has been a very simple recipe for success at an early-season tournament like the Santa Barbara Invite: Learn a zone. Run that zone. Get quick turns. Score breaks.

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  1. Graham Gerhart
    Graham Gerhart

    Graham Gerhart is a Senior Staff Writer at Ultiworld, focusing primarily on the Women's and Mixed divisions. Graham graduated from the University of Cape Town in South Africa after playing 4 years with the UCT Flying Tigers. He now lives and works full time in San Diego. Follow him on twitter @JustGrahamG

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