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D1S 5th: Tampa Somethingpunnys Terminal City, 181-156

D1S 5th: Tampa Somethingpunnys Terminal City, 181-156 Tampa's bench celebrate their win over Terminal City at Sacramento playoffs. Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign

SACRAMENTO, CA–Terminal City could well claim the credit for the popularity of the star pass at this tournament, after relying heavily on it during last year’s playoffs season–and it was again much in evidence in their close loss to Tampa in the fifth place game. Smart play got them within a point of Tampa late in the second half and kept them within ten in the game’s closing minutes–but Little A capitalised on an inopportunely-timed last-second track cut by Maiden Sane to bring Tampa home strong and secure them fifth place with a 181-156 win.

Preview: #3 Denver vs #6 Santa Cruz

Preview: #3 Denver vs #6 Santa Cruz Denver's Julie Adams vs Cincinnatii at playoffs in 2013 (c) Dave Wood

Denver have a winning history against other tournament entries (Terminal City, Kansas City, Tampa this season, and Minnesota in the last), beaten only by Gotham and Rat City.

Preview: #7 Tampa vs #10 Blue Ridge

The teams contesting the second game of day one in Sacramento had very different playoff seasons in 2013. Tampa came into Richmond with high hopes of improving on their seeding but dropped down to 9th after an upset by 10-seeded Terminal City on day one. Blue Ridge didn’t just see playoffs in the 2013 season, but they also went to Championships in Milwaukee, placing third.

Preview: #8 KCRW vs #9 New Hampshire

Preview: #8 KCRW vs #9 New Hampshire Annie Maul vs Game Ovaries (c) Sean Hale / Hale Yeah

Last year, in Richmond’s WFTDA D1 Playoffs, New Hampshire were the team that was simply thrilled to have made it to the arena. This year, with one season’s playoffs experience now under their collective belts and a 9th seed entry into the tournament, New Hampshire aren’t the new kids anymore. We’re likely to see more of their passionate enthusiasm, but with three months elapsed since their last sanctioned bout – a loss against 20th-ranked Ohio Roller Girls – and more losses than wins in their season history, the question of what kind of play we’re likely to see remains open.

Queen City Claims DC, 226-144

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON–Having entered this tournament as 1 and 2 seed respectively, Queen City and DC found themselves fighting for fifth place after having their Championships dreams dashed earlier in the weekend by teams with substantially lower seedings.

D2KW: Gold Coast Overthrows Queen City, 214-167

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON–While these two teams hadn’t met previously, Queen City skated into this game the clear favorites. And while Gold Coast had made short work of Grand Raggidy only hours prior, not entering this game fresh looked likely to do the team no favors. What happened instead was the day’s second huge seeding upset with Gold Coast taking the win, 214-167, and ensuring that for the first time in WFTDA tournament history both top seeds had been consigned to the consolation bracket.