Smoky Mountain Invite: Buy, Hold, Sell (Day 1 Recap)

Trying to make sense of an overwhelmingly eventful Saturday.

UCLA’s Brandon Van Deusen at Smoky Mountain invite 2023. Photo: William “Brody” Brotman –

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There was a lot going on Day 1 at Smoky Mountain Invite. Like – a lot a lot. Like so much of a lot a lot that it was borderline too much for one reporter to cover. But, as they say, borderline only counts in horseshoes and friendly games of pickup goalty, so I’ll try to help make sense of it.

First of all – here are the pool play tables, prequarterfinal results, and quarters matchups.

Pool Play


As for making sense of all that? I have no qualms about leaning on a tried-and-true trope to simplify. Read on for my impressions of just over half the field – three teams to buy, three to hold, and three to sell.



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  1. Edward Stephens
    Edward Stephens

    Edward Stephens has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He writes and plays ultimate in Athens, Georgia.



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