UNC women’s frisbee team reflects on program after fourth consecutive championship –

UNC boasts accomplished teams across many sports, but Tar Heels might not be aware of how far that talent spans. 

For the past four years, the women’s club ultimate frisbee squad has become an underground force.

In May, the Pleiades defeated Stanford University in the Division I championships, 15-10, to secure their fourth consecutive national championship. This feat continues a long streak of success on the field. Since being founded in 1995, the Pleiades have made 13 national appearances. They hold a streak of seven national appearances. After the Pleiades’ victory in the 2023-24 championship, the team became No. 1 in Ultiworld’s College D-1 Women’s Power Rankings in June. 

This rich history of success has led the Pleiades to push for new heights. 

“I always want to win, and this year was no different,” graduate cutter and 2024 player of the year Dawn Culton said. “I would say that there was a drive to win from me, from the other players and from the coaches — more than an expectation to win.”

The success of the Pleiades stems from dedication and hard work from the players.

The team practices for two hours, four times a week and are encouraged to lift, run and throw outside of practice. With weekend tournaments that can require travel, the Pleiades put considerable time into their athletics as well as balancing schoolwork and other commitments. 

“Obviously, we’ve had a lot of success these past couple years, but it is the result of a lot of work being put in for the past probably 10 years now,” graduate handler Theresa Yu said.

The Pleiades lived up to these aspirations and completed an impressive season, finishing with a record of 41 wins and three losses. In their run to the national championship victory, the Pleiades won all four games in pool play against SUNY-Binghamton, Oregon, California-Santa Cruz and California-Santa Barbara.

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