D1A: (2) Rocky Mountain Denies (7) Houston, 246-102

D1A: (2) Rocky Mountain Denies (7) Houston, 246-102 Photo: ShutHerUp Photography.

ASHEVILLE, NC — The third semifinal of the Asheville playoffs put the highly favored 2 seed, Rocky Mountain, up against 7 seed Houston, playing their second bout of the day. Houston seemed to not get the memo that the game was supposed to be a Rocky Mountain romp, though. Houston led for most of the first half and trailed by just 80-74 at the break, but a nightmare Houston penalty pileup with 22 minutes to play helped Rocky Mountain go on a 48-0 run that squelched Houston’s upset hopes. Rocky Mountain survived a scare to advance, 246-102.

D1A: (7) Houston Fends Off (10) Columbia, 197-112

D1A: (7) Houston Fends Off (10) Columbia, 197-112 Photo: Kit Ruff / ShutHer Up Photography

ASHEVILLE, NC–Game two of the first day of Asheville’s iteration of the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs was a higher quality and much closer affair than the first; Columbia kept themselves in touch into the final few minutes before they started picking up game-chasing penalties. That let Houston close it out much more comfortably than the pattern of a back-and-forth game really deserved; they progress to a quarterfinal against Rocky Mountain at 6pm courtesy of a 197-112 win.

Preview: Asheville WFTDA Division 1 Playoff

ASHEVILLE, NC — With the 2013 WFTDA Division 1 playoff cycle halfway done and 6 of the 12 available slots of Championships claimed by Denver, Ohio, London, Texas, Philly and Angel City, ten more teams descend on North Carolina this weekend to fight for three more.

Angel City Dazzles at Tinseltown Showdown

The round-robin Tinseltown Showdown, held in Los Angeles April 5-7, saw six bouts over three days, including a last-jam nailbiter between Houston and Tampa. The tournament brought together teams from across the country that seemed closely matched during the planning stages, but there were more big wins than close games.