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D1S: #8 KCRW Frees #9 New Hampshire, 178-97

D1S: #8 KCRW Frees #9 New Hampshire, 178-97 Photo (c) Donalee Eiri

SACRAMENTO, CA–The opening bout of 2014 Division 1 playoffs was contested by two teams that met in playoffs last year. New Hampshire kept it closer this time–but KCRW took it 178-97.

Sacramento – Bout Center and Open Thread

Sacramento – Bout Center and Open Thread Photo by Bob Ayers

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Preview: #4 Rat City vs #5 Terminal City

The #4 vs #5 game is often the highlight of the first day of any WFTDA playoffs–and on occasion the entire tournament. On this occasion it’s taking up the headline spot at 2000 PDT, and we hope it lives up to that headline billing.

Preview: #2 Minnesota vs Tampa/BRRG

Preview: #2 Minnesota vs Tampa/BRRG Windy vs Minnesota, August 2014. Photos (c) Danforth Johnson

The third quarterfinal will see the second-seeded Minnesota RollerGirls looking to take the first step towards a return to Champs after a year away following an unfortunate draw last year that saw them beaten in the semis by Gotham only to fall to their oldest of enemies in the third place game.

Preview: #1 Gotham vs NH/KCRW

Preview: #1 Gotham vs NH/KCRW Gotham in Leeds earlier this year. Photo (c) Moneyshot

Let’s get one thing clear out of the gate. This is not anyone’s game. If the winner of New Hampshire versus Kansas City were to win this game, it would make the Miracle on Ice a mere footnote in the great book of sporting upsets.

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.