The day of 2017 re-matches continued with two powerhouse teams, #42-ranked Tucson Saddletramps and #44 Jet City Bombers, facing off at 4pm EDT on Sunday to take home the 5th place spot. At Besterns in June, Tucson found themselves defeated by Jet City 209-119. With both teams having agile jammers and strong shapes of defense, predictions for this game were all over.
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.