Solstice | Eugene, OR
June 22-23, 2013
Nightlock is back like Katniss in the quarter quell! And though we have yet to announce our roster (coming soon!), we've already been to a tournament! After finishing our inaugural season 10th at last year’s club nationals, Nightlock went 3-0 on our first day at Solstice. Having spent a considerable part of our warmup covering our non-arena uniforms in neon paint, Nightlock sent Los Angeles’ Viva and Eugene’s Seismic away with 15-6 and 15-4 wins, respectively. Portland’s Schwa gave us a fun and spirited game for the third and final game of the day, but we were able to come out on top with a 14-12 win--despite missing a number of tributes. We finished the day by cheering on captain Abby VanMuijen in the U-23 USA vs. Canada showcase game and bonding at the tournament dinner and beer garden.
Sunday morning's matchup was against the Careers--U-23 USA Women’s team--girls who were bred to compete in the arena and spend their whole lives training for the Games. Despite their tremendous physical and psychological advantages--and stealing one of our own tributes and coach--it was a fight to the death. Nightlock found success by constantly switching our defense, but USA took the game on universe, 14-13, to move onto the semifinals. We faced off against another set of Careers (Les U-23 Canadiens team) for game two. Nightlock took half at 8-5 and finished the game out with 14-12 win. In our final game against Safari, we were down to about 11 players due to injuries, injury prevention, and tributes playing for other teams, leading to a 8-12 loss.
Solstice was a great start to our season. We learned and improved a lot over the weekend, and are excited to be headed to our next training session in Atlanta for Terminus next weekend!