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US Quarantine Cup 13: Play-In Recap

UC Irvine (16) made a dominant statement in a 140*-30 rout of RPI (17) to make it to their second straight Sweet 16 placing and their second in team history. RPI once more finds themselves knocked out of bracket by a West team (after losing to UC Berkeley) last year in the quarterfinals. Irvine will move on to play the University of Michigan (1) in the Round of 16.

University of Virginia (9) pulled in a close game against regional rival Penn State University (24), winning 100*-30. Virginia was strongly favored in this matchup, being the highest-seeded team to have a play-in game. This is the teams’ sixth all time matchup, with Virginia now 5-1 in their meetings. Virginia will move on to play New York University (8) in the Round of 16.

Miami University – Ohio (20) was able to put up a statement performance against the University of Florida (13), breaking seed to win 150*-70. This was Florida’s first game at this tournament in which they trailed in quaffle points, after defeating Virginia Tech and LSU in flight play and losing to Harvard University by 10. This will be Miami’s third straight Sweet 16 appearance, where they will meet the University of Texas (4).

Texas A&M University (12) defeated Virginia Tech (21) in a 150*-40 blowout. Despite rallying late on Saturday to beat Boston University and make bracket play, Virginia Tech was not able to match the Aggies’s intensity in bracket. This is Virginia Tech’s third straight time making bracket play, though it also marks their third straight loss in the first round. Meanwhile, Texas A&M will move on to their fifth straight Round of 16, where they will play SHSU (5).

University of Richmond (18) was able to bump the University of Kansas (15) in an overtime match, needing two catches to win 90*^-60. While the Spiders were able to pull off a significant upset in the low-scoring match, this year’s Kansas team has already shown cracks, with 2019 being the first ever Midwest Regional Championship (post Midwest-Great Lakes split) in which Kansas was not a finalist. This is only Richmond’s first bracket win in program history, and second ever time making bracket play, after losing to Ohio State University in the Round of 32 at World Cup VII. Richmond will move on to play the Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion, the University of Maryland (2), in the Round of 16.

University of Missouri (10) was able to absolutely rout Ohio University (23) 200*-20, in what ended up being the largest margin in the round. This is only the second time the teams have met, the first being a 190*-20 win for Mizzou in 2013. Mizzou will move on to the Round of 16 to face Creighton University (7) and play a rematch of this year’s Midwest Regional Championship final. Mizzou won that match 170*-110 and will look to repeat that performance with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line.

UTSA (14) handed Middlebury College (19) their first ever loss in bracket play, 100*-10. Prior to this match, Middlebury was the only team in USQ history (with at least one game played in the tournament) to be undefeated in nationals bracket play. After an unfortunate loss to Texas A&M in flight play, UTSA is now looking ahead to playing Cal in the Round of 16.

Texas State University (11) easily managed Duke University (22), 160*-30, in the final play-in game. Despite being a disappointing finish for Duke, the Blue Devils can go out with heads held high, having brought their team to its first ever bracket play appearance, despite the truncated field of 24 being the smallest ever college-only bracket. Texas State moves on to play Harvard University (6) in the Sweet 16. This will be Texas State’s seventh straight Round of 16 berth and Harvard’s first ever.

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