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With a dominating performance in the first major match in the “pool of death,” the Santa Barbara Blacktips knocked off the favored NYDC Capitalists 190*-100.
The game began with NYDC chasers Michael Parada and Steve Hysick connecting for a beautiful goal on the first possession, but things went downhill from there for the Mid-Atlantic semifinalists as Santa Barbara seized control of the transition game. Blacktips’ standout player Ren Bettendorf made several key tackles against fast-breaking NYDC players and chemistry between Bettendorf, Ben Harding and Chris Lock led to goal after goal for the Blacktips. NYDC’s transition defense seemed lackadaisical and defeated, and eventually allowed 160 quaffle points to the Western squad.
“It feels amazing,” said Evan Bell, captain of the Santa Barbara Blacktips. “We put a lot of work into researching these teams ahead of time. [We] watched a lot of gamefilm to figure out what they were doing. It’s a really tough pool and we’re definitely taking it one game at a time and trying to watch our health and our depth.”
NYDC declined to comment after the game.
NYDC will have to move forward with an 0-1 record and without chaser/seeker Mo Haggag, who likely sustained a torn ligament in the knee. The Capitalists play Austin Quidditch on field two at 1:40 p.m. The Santa Barbara Blacktips, who go to 1-0, will face the New York Badassilisks at 1:00 p.m. on field nine.