Columbia QuadSquad

11th Place: #11 Columbia Quad Squad Blows Over #9 No Coast Derby Girls, 167-156

11th Place: #11 Columbia Quad Squad Blows Over #9 No Coast Derby Girls, 167-156 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

In the battle for 11th place, #11 Columbia QuadSquad faced off with #9 No Coast Derby Girls in a game that can only be described as whiplash-inducing. From the start, both teams exchanged lead repeatedly through the duration of the game, sometimes multiple times in the same jam. It was unclear who would take this fierce, penalty-heavy game as these teams were extraordinarily evenly matched. This was the case through the very last jam, but Columbia ultimately clinched victory, winning 167-156.

#2 Tucson squeaks past #11 Columbia, 125-123

#2 Tucson squeaks past #11 Columbia, 125-123 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

In a tournament of upsets, it’s no surprise that the game between the #2 seed Tucson Saddletramps and #11 seed Columbia Quad Squad ended up being a tennis match of points and lead status designations. There were four lead changes in the first half alone, and a flurry of (failed) apex jumps. The first half was split nearly down the middle when it came to gameplay domination and jammer advantage: Tucson had 11 lead jam statuses and Columbia had 14. Columbia earned 76 points while Tucson gained 70.

Columbia came into this game with their biggest loss of the weekend thus far coming at the hands of #3 Paris Rollergirls. The QuadSquad came in looking to upend another high ranked team by their trademark overpowering. The Saddletramps, armed with speed control, was not ready to let Columbia take home another upset, especially after losing to #7 Boston earlier in the day.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

The next ten WFTDA Division 1 teams will battle it this weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, September 9th-11th. The top three finishing teams will join London, Texas, and Montréal in Portland this November to fight for the Hydra. This weekend will be the Playoff debut for Rainy City and Ann Arbor and you can read more about all the teams participating with our Columbia preview.

D1C: #6 Santa Cruz takes 7th over #8 Columbia QuadSquad,174-141

D1C: #6 Santa Cruz takes 7th over #8 Columbia QuadSquad,174-141 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo

COLUMBIA, SC- Santa Cruz (#6) and Columbia QuadSquad (#8) were both hoping to be playing for a higher ranking than #7, but neither showed up with baggage or disappointment in their faces. From the first whistle, both teams played a hard and fast game. Santa Cruz defeated the home team for 7th Place, 174-141.

D1C: #5 Crime City nabs another win against #8 Columbia, 260-100

D1C: #5 Crime City nabs another win against #8 Columbia, 260-100 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo. tsunamiphoto.com

COLUMBIA, SC – The #5 seed Crime City Rollers didn’t come all the way from Sweden to play for 7th place. #8 Columbia QuadSquad didn’t show up to treat their crowd to a home town loss, especially after their battles against Ann Arbor & Rose City on Friday.

The game was electric from Jam 1. Crime City’s recycling was strong and clean. Columbia’s Do U Juana would get past three blockers and find herself behind all four again in an instant. Crime City did not fall for the twitchiness of the CQS jammers and their blockers sat in strong tripods and waited patiently.