North Carolina Regional

by | Apr 19, 2013 | Competitions | 0 comments

After a decent run in Palmetto, we knew we had what it would take to succeed in North Carolina; Trillian was performing outstandingly and would often score more than fifty points a match. At the same time, however, we realized we would have to continue to perform in order to stay competitive with the fifty-five teams from around the world attending the regional.

Thankfully, by the end of the second of our nine matches, Trillian was performing so well that we were the top ranked team. After a couple of challenging losses, however, we fell  back to seventh place on Friday, but we managed to gain back a spot to sit in sixth place at the end of qualifications on Saturday.

Trillian shooting.
Trillian at practice

Because we were in the top eight, we knew we would select or be selected by two other teams to join them in a permanent alliance for the elimination rounds, which would eventually determine the winner in a best-two-out-of-three  tournament. In the end, we were selected by Blue Eagle Robotics.

In the quarterfinals, our alliance, which included Blue Eagle Robotics and The Flying Platypi, faced G.R.E.A.T., Team Spork, and the Pitt Pirates, all of whom had performed outstandingly in the qualification rounds. After winning the first round 61-48, we barely edged out our opponents on a tie-breaker, advancing with a score of 88-87.

“After alliance selections, I was feeling pretty nervous,” said team spirit lead Megan McGrew, “But we all came through.”

Trillian climbing.
Trillian hanging

Next, we found ourselves in a close contest in the semifinals against the Hedgehogs, Gorillas, and Aluminum Assault. Losing the first match, we bounced back and won the remaining sudden-death matches to make it into the finals. It was exciting to hear the crowd chant the team cheer, “Don’t Panic,” as the drive team steered the robot off the field to prepare for the finals.

Against the top-seeded alliance of the Robodogs, Mechanical Mayhem, and the Robo Eagles, we arranged that the other alliance members would play defense while Trillian scored as many points as possible.

“We managed to block a lot of Mechanical Mayhem’s shots and delay the Robodogs quite a bit,” said mechanical lead Keegan Pierce. “We did really good.”

The strategy almost worked; our alliance got within four points of upsetting the top alliance in the second round. Eventually, however, we lost both matches.

Though we may not have won the regional, we still won the Regional Finalist Award and take pride in how we performed despite their challenging match schedule and other difficulties.

“It’s a very good end to the season,” said Megan. “It was so close, but we are still really happy.”

We are looking forward to another great year. Thanks to all the volunteers and fellow teams who made this all possible!

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