Oozeball Gets Students, Faculty in the Mud for a Good Time

Oct. 4, 2012

Staff and students got zany with the mud last week during Oozeball 2012: The Biggest Oozer.

Oozeball is essentially volleyball played in the mud. The single-elimination tournament featured 27 teams vying for the Muddy Cup. The winning team for the second time in a row was Whooshers, who beat the second-place team Desi Boyz.  

After winning the championship, Whooshers played the faculty and staff team as part of an annual tradition. The winning team’s name is put on the Coleman Cup, established in 2006 by then-Dean of Undergraduate Education Dr. Michael Coleman. On Friday, the students dominated in the game, winning the Coleman Cup for the first time since 2010.  

This was the first time the tournament has been played in the fall since its inception in 2002. The event was organized by the UT Dallas Student Ambassadors led by Ooze Chair Diane Henry, a graduate student studying accounting.

Muddy students after the match

Shown are members of the top two teams, Whooshers and Desi Boyz. Back row, left to right: Ben Byron, Ranjit Parvathaneni, Clayton Bristow, Zach Helmberger, Deexith Reddy, Sandeep Namburi and Pradeep Nethagani. Front row, left to right: Ashten Waldrep, Brooke Hinson, Picharn ("Pop") Kanjanakantorn, Pratik Sanikop and Devang Vasani.

student in the muckPlayer serving a muddy ball

Brooke Hinson, Picharn ("Pop") Kanjanakantorn

Chris Cody organized the faculty/staff team.

Water jet trained on muddy studentStudents wearing shirts packed with mud

Student John Chacko cleans off.

Antonio Lopez-De-Alda and Peter Rangel try to pack on mud weight for a prize.

Students celebratingGoing for the ball in the mud

Students rejoice after a good play.

Members of the Staff/Faculty team fought hard but lost.

The student ambassadors

The event was organized by the UT Dallas Student Ambassadors.


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