It’s been almost a month since our last recap, but we’re finally back at it! Some things always stay the same, like the high amount of unreported matches, but we do have some changes to the rankings.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign parkoured their way from fifth to third place after defeating Robert Morris University - Illinois, who previously held third. This shuffle kerfuffle also moved the University of British Columbia down from fourth place to fifth. Illinois is powering through the playoffs, having defeated the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Kennesaw State University, and the University of British Columbia.
February 23rd saw Virginia Commonwealth University take down Michigan State University in a 2-0 game, causing the two schools to swap spots: Virginia moved up to seventh, while Michigan fell down to eighth. Michigan went on to be victorious against Depaul University, but then lost against St. Clair College. Virginia is powering through their matches, defeating both Purdue University and University of Texas at Austin.
Most recently, Kansas State University stole the University of Washington’s tenth-place spot after Washington fell 0-2 to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Since then, Kansas has gone on to defeat both Rogers State University and UC Davis Gold before being defeated by Ashland University.
Now that we’re in the playoffs stage of the tournament, let’s compare my “predictions” from the last recap article with what has actually gone down so far.
I predicted that York would continue going undefeated, and boy, was I right: they’ve won all three of their playoff matches so far. They’re not completely untouchable--their first two matches were 2-1 wins--but they are still 11-0.
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst are not doing so hot in the playoffs. After losing both their round of 64 and round of 32 matches, they were knocked into the losers bracket. Amherst proceeded to win their next match against the State University of New York - University at Buffalo, but lost against UC Davis Gold. On the topic of being defeated, the previously undefeated Robert Morris University - Illinois have been taken down by the second-place team the University of California, Santa Cruz. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is still going strong, heading into the quarterfinals with all matches won and only one game dropped. Their next match against the undefeated York University on March 7th might put an end to York’s dreams of a second championship win, but that remains to be seen.
On the same day, Virginia Commonwealth University will play the University of California, Santa Cruz, which could knock Santa Cruz out of the second place spot they have stayed in all season. If I could only watch two matches, it would definitely be the York and UCSC games.
This weekend’s matches could see some major upsets in the power rankings, so be sure to keep an eye out for those and cheer for your team over at our Twitch channel!