D1S 7th: Santa Cruz Blows Away Kansas City, 171-122

SACRAMENTO, CA – In the match-up for 7th and 8th place, #6 seed Santa Cruz (WFTDA #25) came up against #8 Kansas City (WFTDA #33). Kansas City had come off a big loss to #5 seed Terminal City the previous day, just as Santa Cruz had come away from a big loss to Tampa. With Kansas City looking to better their seeding and Santa Cruz looking to not slip any further than one placing, both teams were out for a win in their final game of the weekend. 

D1S: #5 Terminal Dismisses #8 Kansas City

SACRAMENTO, CA–Saturday’s third consolation game saw #5 seed Terminal City up against #8 seed Kansas City (KCRW). KCRW was trying to bounce back from a crushing 519-17 loss to top seed Gotham in Friday quarterfinals, while Terminal City was coming off a Saturday-morning 377-76 win over #9 seed Blue Ridge. After a relatively close first half, Terminal City delivered a much more effective second effort and their second rout of the day, whomping KCRW 263-115.

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.

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.