Aug 01, 2022 06:00 AM PST

Untouchables Are the Scrappiest Team Despite Losing Season

The Chicago Untouchables became the league's most competitive yet most defeated team this year. They consistently went the distance with the league’s top teams, but could not find a way to pull out a win in the final minutes of multiple five-set stretches. 

While they finished Event 1 0-2, it was still a strong start as they took both L.A Blaze and eventually 3rd overall seed Texas Tyrants to five sets. They entered Event 2 with a brand new powerhouse lineup, only to get swept by Team Freedom and lose another heart-breaking five-setter to the Inland Empire Matadors to go 0-4. They looked like a team to beat in Event 3, where they came away with their first win in a sweep against Seattle Sasquatch before faltering again and losing 1-3 against Southern Exposure. 

Entering Event 4 with a 1-5 record, the future didn’t feel bright as Chicago continued to show up and plug in new faces to the lineup in hopes of leaving with a win. Unfortunately, Event 4 was their most challenging schedule yet, facing the 2021 Champion and Runner Up, the O.C. Stunners, and Las Vegas Ramblers on the same weekend. After being swept in both matches, Chicago entered Event 5 with nothing left but to play for pride, knowing they had little to no chance of making playoffs. Battling with a chip on their shoulder after dropping a 1-3 decision to the Texas Tyrants, they managed to end the season with a thriller going 3-2 against L.A. Blaze. They ended the year on a high note, going the distance in the fifth set, 23-21, to finish 2-8 on the year. 

With pins Will Ragland and Piotr Namiotko able to put balls away, libero Jordan Robinson having his best year to date, and snags from Team Freedom in setter Ron Dunn and middle Krystian Pescinski, the Untouchables have a lot of talent on their roster. It will be interesting to see what trade deals will take place in the off-season or if the current roster can come together again and capitalize on their hard work and win games.

- NVA Staff Writer