D1R: (5) Kansas City Pacifies New Hampshire, 272-123

D1R: (5) Kansas City Pacifies New Hampshire, 272-123 Photo Credit: Sean Hale / Hale Yeah

RICHMOND,VA–Fighting for the right to play for 5th, the fifth-seeded Kansas City squared off with ninth-seeded New Hampshire in the 11th game of the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Richmond, Virginia. The two teams could not have arrived at the bout through more different routes; Kansas City are previous WFTDA champions who made it out of the South Central region every year to the Championship tournament, while New Hampshire were making a surprising maiden playoff appearance.

D1R: (1) Angel City subdues (9) New Hampshire, 205-77

D1R: (1) Angel City subdues (9) New Hampshire, 205-77 Photo: Sean Hale / Hale Yeah

RICHMOND, VA – New Hampshire played a conservative, penalty-free first half in the last of the day, forcing Angel City to clean up their jammer tactics, to dominate the second period. A 42-point spread at the half extended to 128 by the final whistles; Angel took the win 205-77 and progresses to the semifinals.

D1R: (9) New Hampshire Flips (8) Jacksonville, 231-212

D1R: (9) New Hampshire Flips (8) Jacksonville, 231-212 Photo Credit: Jennifer M. Ramos

RICHMOND, VA–As New Hampshire’s first WFTDA tournament, their very presence here in Division 1 has exceeded league expectations–and provoked a general atmosphere of joy and jubilation as they took the first game of the playoffs, with an unexpected but hard-fought 231–212 win.

Preview: Richmond WFTDA Division 1 Playoff

This weekend, Virginia sees the second installment of the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs in the road towards Championships and the Hydra. And while this grouping of 10 leagues doesn’t have as many travel miles behind them on the way to the tournament as last weekend’s, it doesn’t make the road travelled seem any less long, metaphorically-speaking, with many of the leagues experiencing key team additions or subtractions, and dramatic alterations in game play on the way to these end-of-WFTDA-season games.

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