By Christopher Dewing
Higher seeded teams continued to advance despite some tight games throughout the bracket with the exception of the 16-17 seed toss-up.
No. 1 Lone Star Quidditch Club knocked off No. 33 Lake Erie Elite 180*-60 continuing the top-seeds’ dominant run at US Quidditch Cup 10. The Texas squad will take on the No. 17 BosNYan Bearsharks who won a hard fought game 110*-80 over No. 16 Maryland Quidditch in the Round of 16.
No. 4 Texas State University – San Marcos pulled through an unexpected tough battle 110*-80 over No. 29 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The game remained close throughout the seeker floor. Texas State was able to grow its lead to 50-30, then further to 80-40, and looked like it could put the game away. Yet UCLA fought back to be within a single score when the seekers were released. A further goal for UCLA brought the score to 80-80 where it remained for the rest of the game as furious beater battles ensued. A catch for Texas State was called off before another catch clinched the game and a spot in the Sweet 16. Texas State will face No. 13 seeded District of Columbia Quidditch Club who cruised over regional foe No. 20 Penn State University Nittany Lions 150*-30.
No. 2 Texas Cavalry coasted into the Round of 16 with a dominating 140*-30 victory over No. 31 Central Michigan Quidditch Club. With a championship run in mind, Cavalry will next meet No. 15 Kansas Quidditch. Kansas came away victorious after a marathon match 180*-80 against the West Regional Champions No. 18 Arizona State University (ASU). Arizona State was able to keep the game in range through the seeker floor, but once the beaters started prioritizing the seeker game Kansas was able to pull away. Up by 60 or more for much of the remaining time, the combination of ASU seeker-blocking and the skills of snitch Gabe Garcez, kept Kansas from closing the game out. However, the quaffle game of Kansas never fell off and ASU couldn’t find a way back into range.
No. 3 Mizzou Quidditch took care of business 110*-50 over No. 30 University of Miami (Florida) despite a late push from Miami. Mizzou quickly gained an extended lead that took it out of snitch range, but just as the seeker floor was ending Miami was able to bring the game back in range. It was all for naught though as Mizzou caught the snitch almost immediately to claim its victory and advance. Mizzou will face No. 14 seeded Texas A&M University Quidditch who defeated 180*-100 No. 19 the Warriors.
No. 1 Lone Star Quidditch Club 180*-60 No. 33 Lake Erie Elite
No. 2 Texas Cavalry 140*-30 No. 31 Central Michigan Quidditch Club
No. 3 Mizzou Quidditch 110*-50 No. 30 University of Miami
No. 4 Texas State University – San Marcos 110*-80 No. 29 University of California Los Angeles
No. 13 District of Columbia Quidditch Club 150*-30 No. 20 Penn State University Nittany Lions
No. 14 Texas A&M Quidditch 180*-100 No. 19 the Warriors
No. 15 Kansas Quidditch 180*-80 No. 18 Arizona State University
No. 17 BosNYan Bearsharks 110*-80 No. 16. Maryland Quidditch
Round of 16 By Region
Southwest: 6 (Lone Star Quidditch Club, Texas Cavalry, Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas Quidditch, Gulf Coast Gumbeaux, Texas A&M)
Northeast: 4 (Rochester United, Quidditch Club Boston, RPI Quidditch, BosNYan Bearsharks)
Midwest: 2 (Mizzou Quidditch, Kansas Quidditch)
Mid-Atlantic: 1 (District of Columbia Quidditch Club)
West: 1 (The Lost Boys)
Great Lakes: 1 (Bowling Green State University)
South: 1 (Florida’s Finest)