Outsider’s View on Quidditch

Photo by Quinn Wilson

Written by Eric Davis

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful Kissimmee Saturday morning volunteering at the US Quidditch Cup 10. However, I had never seen the sport before in my life. I play highly competitive travel kickball for cash prizes across the country, so I am no stranger to obscure sports. Quidditch is derived from the Harry Potter book series where wizards fly around on broomsticks in a clear parody of popular British sports rugby, cricket, and soccer. I never read the books, nor remember the movies very well, so that’s about all I knew going into the tournament. If you’re reading this because you’re a fan of the wizarding world and are expecting a bunch of Harry Potter puns, even a batch of Felix Felisis won’t help for the rest of your read.

I arrived early in the morning to volunteer for a shift with my girlfriend. We didn’t really know what to expect, or even how the sport was played, but we had heard good things. Upon arrival there were very helpful signs posted in the ground that explained the general rules of the game. There is a headband coding system for the players, as certain roles can’t do certain things (more about that in a bit). The sign also gave a breakdown of the different balls/objects utilized. There is a quaffle – a mildly deflated volleyball – which is thrown through 3 different vertical hoops of varying sizes to score points. There are 3 bludgers, dodgeballs used to “beat” your opponents to force them to return to their own set of scoring rings, kind of like a reset. Those become very strategic on when and who to beat. There is also a “snitch” that comes out after 17 minutes of game time,  an actual human being that has to be caught by one of the teams’ seekers to end the game. There is a TON going on and it was quite hard to understand for the first game.

After a while, it  all started to make sense, though. There is a green headband worn by the keeper, that player can defend incoming shots and also join in with the offense. The white headbands are worn by chasers, who throw the volleyball, quaffle, around to each other and try to throw it through the rings. There were black headbands worn by the beaters, and they were the only ones who could throw the dodgeballs. After the snitch comes out, there is one player per team that wears a yellow headband, called the seeker,who attempts to snatch a dangling object that is near the snitch’sbutt.

It sounds crazy, and it sure is a spectacle to watch. Keep in mind ALL of this is happening while the players hold on to brooms in between their legs. It didn’t seem to slow them down much, running with a broom like that. Oh, and it’s a full contact, mixed gender sport. There were some HUGE tackles that I saw which really amped up the excitement for me.

The snitch/seeker battle was like its own event while the whole game was going on around it. The game “cannot end until the snitch is caught, and even then the game could continue if the catch results in a tie. Which by the way, is when the seeker grabs hold of the ball-shaped tail attached to the snitch’s shorts. Catching the snitch is worth 30 points, which really seemed to matter when teams seemed to score between 80 and 100 points. While the entire field is full of bludgers and quaffles flying around, tackles being made, and players running around, the 2 seekers are trying to grab the snitch for themselves while also keeping the other seeker from catching it. Keep in mind, it’s a FULL CONTACT sport, and the seekers have one hand on a broom the whole time. The snitch plays by no rules and is wearing bright yellow and gold from head to toe. The snitch is pulling the seekers’ brooms, which makes them have to reset. They are also throwing them to the ground, outrunning them, slapping hands away.  It was very intense! There may not be a more exciting moment in all of sports than when a team is trailing by 20 points and their seeker catches the snitch to both end the game and gain 30 points in a dramatic come from behind victory. The team would erupt and typically the seeker would be lifted up on the teammates shoulders. Very impressive stuff.

I thoroughly enjoyed my few hours at the 10th US Quidditch Cup and I’m excited to attend another event; maybe as a player this time around, who knows. The quidditch people have created a great sport with an awesome event. If you ever have the opportunity to watch it being played, I HIGHLY recommend you take a few minutes and watch.

Texas Cavalry wins US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Isabella Gong

Texas Cavalry went undefeated on day one of US Quidditch Cup 10. They were the second seed coming out of pool play, and beat Mizzou Quidditch in the semi-finals on day two, 120*-50, to advance to the championship match. Texas Cavalry ultimately defeated the number four ranked team Texas State University – San Marcos 80*-60 in a game that lasted 30 minutes and 30 seconds.

The snitch for the championship match was Gabe Garcez, who was also presented with the “Most Fly Snitch Award” at the closing ceremonies. Head referee was USQ 2016-17 Referee of the Year Alex Amodol.

Read the full game recap here.

Sixty teams participated in the national championship, which took place at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida on April 8-9, 2017. The full score sheet and rankings from day one can be found here. The full score sheet for day two can be found here. To view photos taken at the event, click here. Video footage from the livestream on fields 1 and 2 will be available to view later this month.

The recipients of the team awards were:

Best Uniform: BosNYan Bearsharks

Best Chant: Gulf Coast Gumbeaux

Xander Manshel Sportsmanship Award: Lone Star Quidditch Club

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US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Texas Cavalry and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event. Their contributions help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Experience Kissimmee for their support of US Quidditch Cup 10.

Cavalry’s Stampede: Texas Cavalry Triumphs Over Texas State- San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Final

Written by Michael Pascutoi

In a match that at times seemed both underwhelming and a testament to the continued dominance of Southwest quidditch, tournament favorite Texas Cavalry defeated Texas State-San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Finals 80* – 60.

The roads each team took to the final differed greatly. Texas Cavalry faced little resistance over the course of the weekend, stampeding each of its pool play opponents with out of range wins. In bracket play, Cavalry rode its methodical offense on the back of its veteran quaffle carriers and Cole Travis’ beating, catching every snitch with no games in-range. After systematically taking down two of the top college programs in the country, the RPI Remembralls and Mizzou Quidditch, Cavalry entered the final poised to bring the championship back to Texas.  

Texas State’s struggle to the finals was indicative of the team’s improvement over the course of the year. After playing the most games of any US Quidditch Cup 10 qualified team this year, Texas State entered as one of the top college teams in the country, though with more losses than other college contenders Mizzou Quidditch, Arizona State, or the University of Texas. During pool play, Texas State had no difficulty scoring, but also gave up more points to opponents than any other pool winner. Defensive struggles aside, Texas State then played three straight snitch-range games to reach the final four against UCLA, District of Columbia Quidditch Club, and Bowling Green State University. A matchup with a surging BosNYan Bearsharks squad in the semifinals turned into a rout when star quaffle player David Foxx sustained a game-ending injury, then was solidified by the strong quaffle play of Craig Garrison, Christian Rodriguez, and Jenna Bollweg.

Two vastly contrasting teams lined up to face each other as twilight settled on the main field of Austin-Tindall Park. A deep, systematic Texas State squad built around a star beater in Johnson was facing one of the most experienced teams in league history, built around a chasing line consisting of keeper Augustine Monroe and a talented plethora of chasers including recent Team USA player Kaci Erwin and alternates Marty Bermudez and Aryan Ghoddossy. Two quick goals by Monroe were offset by a drives by Garrison and Rodriguez to even the score at 20.  Both sides played a slow, efficient style in bringing up the ball, waiting for beaters to clear paths while ball carriers advanced only to pass backwards to waiting teammates if an option to drive wasn’t present. Offensive opportunities were limited due to tough defense from both teams, and the score sat at 40-30 in favor of Texas State fifteen minutes in.

Cavalry made a noticeable strategic change by switching Monroe to beater, partnering him with Travis as snitch on pitch play began and allowing Texas State alum Tyrell Williams to take over the game as keeper. A series of long, uneventful quaffle possessions were punctuated by brilliant displays of beater play on both sides. Thirty minutes into the game, with the score standing at 60-50 in favor of Texas State, a missed Texas State beat opened a hole for Cavalry seeker Josh Andrews to have ten free seconds with snitch Gabe Garcez, ultimately resulting in Andrews lying on the ground exhausted, snitch tail in hand.

As the final whistle indicated the catch was good for Cavalry, the team stormed the field as a demoralized Texas State squad looked on. Three players on Cavalry – Monroe, Ghoddossy, and Shelby Manford – were winning their fourth championship, while Erwin, Bermudez, and utility player Freddy Salinas were hoisting the trophy for the third time as active players. Texas State, while runners up for the second time in four years, played a fantastic game and will likely be the top collegiate team entering next season, while Cavalry undoubtedly will continue to build chemistry under the leadership of Monroe. After one of the most interesting tournaments in USQ history, the 2016-17 USQ season is officially in the books. Congratulations to all 60 teams for participating, Texas State on their fantastic run to the finals, and Texas Cavalry on being the US Quidditch Cup 10 champions.

Thoughts on the BosNYan Bearshark – Texas State Match

Photo by Nikki Smith

Written by Elizabeth Barcelos

Believe it or not, these teams have a bit of history. Okay, maybe only a little bit. Texas State beat Emerson to make it to the World Cup VII final three years ago in North Myrtle Beach. While there may have been a lot of turnover since then, this is something of a rematch for Texas State’s Tessa Lantsberger, Jackson Johnson, Steven Grawlinki, and Austin Springs LeFoy, and BosNYan’s Leeanne Dillmann, Tyler Trudeau, David Fox, Jake Hines, and CJ Junior.

BosNY lost key player David Foxx to an injury early on in the game and Tyler Trudeau to a second yellow card several minutes into snitch on pitch play. Between the loss of these key players and Texas State’s control of the game’s tempo from snitch on pitch onward, this match ended much like it’s World Cup 7 counterpart.

However, that’s not to say that the Bearsharks took this loss lying down. The BosNYan beater core, especially the pairing of Leeanne Dillmann and Stanford Zhou or their double male set, had flashes of dominance on-pitch against their Texas State counterparts. Their chasers also showed the ability to match Texas State physically, a noticeable difference from the Emerson loss three years prior.

Photo by Nikki Smith

Christian Rodriguez of Texas State ultimately pushed the game out of snitch range with four consecutive goals or assists. His targets varied from a cherry picker by the right hoop, a player behind the hoops ready to dunk, or the hoops themselves.

The score was 110-40 in favor of Texas State when Anthony Hawkins tookthe pitch and 120-40 when the seekers joined him a minute later. Bobcats, but not the Bearsharks, were smelling the blood in the water.

Texas State’s beating kept BosNYan seekers from having a chance at the snitch, but Hawkins was throwing both snitches into the ground regardless of the score. Texas State played seeker by committee and gave Hawkins many looks while BosNYan kept sending in Rob Walsh, who was either too small to get around Hawkins or limited by suffocating beater pressure from Texas State.

Photo by Nikki Smith

A highlight of the match was the fancy footwork Texas State’s Craig Garrison and BosNYan’s Team USA chaser Julia Baer displayed when marking up one another. Yes, folks; a dance fight broke out in the US Quidditch Cup 10 final. Quidditch might be gravitating towards a more serious paradigm, but whimsyness isn’t quite gone from quidditch yet.

The Bearsharks, unfortunately, are done for the day. Community team rival Texas Cavalry will be joining them in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Finals. As with three years prior, we have a final with two top Texas teams and a defeated Boston squad which almost made the final game.

Mizzou v. Rochester United

Photo by Jessica Jiamin Lang Photography

Written by Kelsey Peterson

The second half of the Elite 8 round featured a matchup between Mizzou Quidditch and Rochester United. Both teams seemed well-matched, favoring similar styles of offense and defense. Mizzou and Rochester relied heavily on their beaters to clear lanes and create chaos for their ball carriers to skirt around. Both Mizzou’s and Rochester’s beaters were aggressive right out of the gate, maintaining their intensity late into the game. That being said, practically every beater in the game was guilty of making wild beats from midfield and attempting trick shots to knock balls out of other players’ hands. Otherwise, defense from both teams was scrappy at best, resulting in several collisions, scuffles over loose balls, and a rotating door on both penalty boxes.

Quaffle play vacillated between slow walk-ups and wild fast breaks. Mizzou keeper Jacob Parker scored Mizzou’s first goal shortly after brooms up, with Rochester United responding with a goal less than a minute later. Such was the pattern for the majority of the game. Almost like clockwork, both teams would meander up the field until one side finally scored, sending the other into a frenzy to match goals.

The game was tied 60-60 when seekers entered play. Shortly after, though, Parker received his second yellow card for illegal contact and was subsequently removed from the game. Parker’s exit stalled Mizzou’s momentum, allowing Rochester to put 20 more points up on the board. But, at just under 19 minutes, Dom Stelzer deftly caught the snitch to edge out a 90*-80 victory for Mizzou.

Texas Cavalry vs. RPI Quidditch

Written by Sam Doughton

Texas Calvary coasted its way to its first-ever semifinal appearance, utilizing suffocating beater play coupled with effective quaffle drives to easily defeat RPI Quidditch 150*-50 in the quarterfinals of US Quidditch Cup 10.

Calvary rushed out to an early three goal lead thanks to their beater line and keeper Augustine Monroe. The Calvary beaters consistently beat the point beater in the RPI defense, giving Monroe space to drive and either score or pass the ball off to a teammate for an easy dunk.

RPI was able to pull one back about five minutes into game with a tough shot at the top of the key under pressure, but Calvary quickly struck back with another drive and dish. RPI snagged a drive and dish of its own, but Monroe once again stepped up for Calvary, taking on the whole defense for the close-range score after bludger control was lost by RPI and the remaining beater was taken out by the Cavalry line, making the score 50-20.

Cavalry never led by fewer than 30 points the rest of the game, as the team continued its formula of blocking off the lone RPI beater from making a play on the ball as Cavalry’s quaffle players blew past the point defenders on the drive, leading to easy scores. RPI was able to snag a goal off a delayed penalty and off a deflection, but Cavalry was too disruptive in the beater game to allow RPI to stay in snitch range.

By the time the snitch was released, Cavalry led 100-40 and began a patient game of waiting as its beater line focused on snitch play. Defensive seeking and some good snitch-on-pitch beating from RPI kept Cavalry from getting a ton of time alone with the snitch for most of the period, but snitch runner Jaxon Matheny also was physically dominating Cavalry’s seekers during the play. The snitch play also left opening, as Cavalry scored twice on no bludger drives and RPI grabbed a goal off an assist to its chaser by the hoops.

With the score at 120-50, Cavalry caught the snitch off a difficult backhanded grab. The snitch runner had the Cavalry seeker by the broom with the seeker’s back to him, when the Cavalry seeker stretched around with his left arm and grabbed the tail to secure the 150*-50 win.

With the victory, Cavalry moves onto the semifinals of US Quidditch Cup 10. Cavalry will face Mizzou Quidditch, who defeated Rochester United 90*-80 in the quarterfinal on pitch 1.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs. Quidditch Club Boston

Written by Cameron VomBaur

The BosNYan Bearsharks’ incredible US Quidditch Cup 10 run continued with a 100*-70 win over local rival Quidditch Club Boston in the quarterfinals. After an out-of-range victory over Lone Star Quidditch Club in the previous round, the Bearsharks are making their presence known as a competitive force despite being a “fun-first” team.

With five former QC Boston players on the Bearsharks’ roster and plenty of other Northeast veterans, there was a high degree of familiarity between the two community squads. However, after two out-of-range wins for Boston in the fall, it seemed clear that QC Boston and Rochester United were the true contenders among the Northeast. On the biggest stage, though, it was BosNYan that advanced to the semifinals.

Just as during its Lone Star match, BosNYan began the game with an explosive run, bursting to a 30-0 lead at the hands of Tyler Trudeau’s thunderous top-hoop slams and dominant beater play. But unlike Lone Star, QC Boston found its groove, taking back a two-goal lead at one point through a plethora of offensive weapons, including Stew Driflot, Jayke Archibald, and Harry Greenhouse. Max Havlin began to take the game over from former championship beating partner Kyle Jeon, and for a brief moment, it looked as though BosNYan might not have enough gas left in the tank to hold on to a winnable game. However, a few successful offensive possessions, featuring clean passing around the hoops, gave the Bearsharks a 70-70 game at the close of the seeker floor.

The quaffle game slowed down tremendously after the 18th minute, with neither side willing to risk trading blows and letting the game get out of range. During the match, there were perhaps only two or three offensive possessions per side, with none of them holding real threats of scoring. Effectively, the teams agreed to a three-on-three game with their beaters and seekers to determine the winner.

With the snitch on pitch, QC Boston quickly began to own the game, with Havlin’s expertise on full display. Highly accomplished seekers Driflot and Greenhouse got extended periods of time alone with the snitch, unhindered by beats or defensive seekers, but were unable to make the grab.

After a lengthy delay for the snitch to be replaced, the Bearsharks took control of the snitch game. Now, it was David Fox who had time alone with the snitch, and he didn’t let the game slip away. With a dramatic diving catch to propel BosNYan into the semifinals with a 100*-70 win.

Texas State University Bobcats – San Marcos vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club

Written By Sam Doughton

Texas State University Bobcats used an athletic chasing line and dominating snitch-on-pitch beating to triumph over District of Columbia Quidditch Club (DCQC) 160*-100 in the Sweet 16 of US Quidditch Cup 10.

In a matchup between the Southwest regional finalist and a Mid-Atlantic regional power, both teams put forth strong defensive efforts in the opening minutes, before Texas State struck with a drive and dish from keeper Craig Garrison to TJ Martinez for the game’s first goal. This started a five-goal run for the Bobcats, as Texas State got fast breaks off of beater play in their own half, forcing no bludger situations that allowed quaffle players Stephen Vigil, Craig Garrison, and Terencio Martinez to finish at the hoops.

With Texas State up 50-0, DCQC was not ready to quit. A long shot from keeper Erik Morlock while being contested got off just before the beat flew in. Morlock’s shot rimmed through the hoop for DCQC’s first goal of the game. Morlock scored again under a minute later, when he received a lob from the right side of the hoops and slammed it through to make it 50-20.

Texas State roared back with two more goals, one off a DCQC penalty, to make the score 70-20. Afterward, Texas State received a penalty, leading to a player-up opportunity for DCQC, which was executed by former Team USA chaser Bernardo Berges slunging the quaffle through the small hoop to score. Berges came down the field a possession later and scored again with the shot, this time through the middle hoop to make it 70-40.

Texas State had a player-up opportunity of its own about a minute before the seeker floor, with Tim Nguyen dunking to put Texas State just out of snitch range, but DCQC got a goal of its own with a push-through shot next to the hoops to put the game in range just seconds before the seekers were released to make the score 80-50.

With the snitch on pitch, Texas State’s beaters kept DCQC from getting up close to the snitch, either to catch or to defend from the Bobcat seeker. Both teams had multiple cards doled out during the time frame, but the game stayed tight throughout snitch play, with Texas State working through no bludger situations and DCQC picking up the pace to stay in range. The use of a four-male chasing line proved effective in keeping DCQC in the game down the stretch.

With the score at 130-100, Texas State seeker Steve Gralinksi pulled the snitch with a smooth diving move to secure the win for the Bobcats. Texas State will face Great Lakes regional champion Bowling Green State University Falcons in the Elite Eight. The Falcons knocked off three-time national champion Texas Quidditch in the Sweet 16.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs. Lone Star Quidditch Club

Photo by Nikki Smith

Written by Cameron VomBaur

In a thrilling Sweet Sixteen matchup, BosNYan Bearsharks took a stunning 160*-80 upset win over Lone Star Quidditch Club, tabbed by many to be among the true contenders to capture the championship at US Quidditch Cup 10. The match featured many of the players involved in last year’s Lone Star/Quidditch Club Boston semifinal at US Quidditch Cup 9, with five former Boston players now playing for the first-year Bearsharks.

Photo by Nikki Smith
Photo by Nikki Smith

BosNYan imposed its will from the start of the game, with two dunks from Tyler Trudeau and two more goals from David Fox and Julia Baer. The Bearsharks sprinted to a 40-0 lead before a Luke Langlinais fast break brought the score to 40-10 at the six-minute mark. The gap would never be wider than four goals or closer than two until the snitch came onto the pitch.

Lone Star struggled greatly with obtaining and keeping bludger control. Leeanne Dillmann especially, with partners Kyle Jeon and Leslie Hargett, held control very well against the Lone Star’s much-heralded aggressive beaters. This was especially impressive given how often they pressed forward to beat out opposition to clear lanes for a series of powerful drives from BosNYan’s ball carriers.

Trudeau put on a clinic, scoring seven of the Bearsharks’ 13 goals, and assisting on two more. He was practically unstoppable once he reached the keeper, powering through double-teams from Lone Star’s usually-stingy chaser defense. Zack Gindes also managed a handful of goals, including two from broken plays cleaned up by his quick hands and hustle.

For Lone Star, goals were sourced fairly diversely. Mathieu Gregoire paced his team with three goals, but Lone Star’s famously deep quaffle player rotation did excellently in spreading the ball around. Unfortunately for them, the Bearsharks’ cerebral bludger play, Trudeau’s length at the hoops, and Fox’s crushing tackles at the top of the offense led to many possessions coming up empty.

Once the snitch came onto the pitch, chaos broke out. Lone Star was finally able to start consistently gaining bludger control with the Team USA tandem of Tyler Walker and Michael Duquette, and while they didn’t totally take control of the game, they were able to consistently create opportunities for seeker Blake Fitzgerald to secure the win. However, once again, BosNYan’s beaters came to their rescue.

While Lone Star focused heavily on seeker play to prevent a Bearsharks catch, BosNYan’s beaters excelled at owning the seeker game while also making defensive stops to push the gap further and further. Eventually, after a Fox goal to bring the score to 110-70, seeker Jonathan Ruland for Lone Star caught the snitch, which would have spelled a heart-wrenching 110-100* loss, had it not been for an impending call that invalidated the disastrous catch.

Photo by Nikki Smith
Photo by Nikki Smith

Given another chance to pull the game back in range, Langlinais scored on a blazing fast break, 110-80. However, BosNYan’s beaters chipped in to the quaffle game for two more Gindes goals to push the game to a five-goal difference, the first gap of such size all match. Soon thereafter, Jeon subbed in at seeker and made a standing catch in seconds to end the game before Lone Star could make another attempt to bring it back into range, 160*-80.

Bowling Green State University v University of Texas

Written by Matt Dwyer

This afternoon spectators found an exciting matchup between the Great Lakes Regional Champion Bowling Green State University, and three-time national champion University of Texas. The teams have only met once prior: a Final Four matchup at World Cup VI, coincidentally also in Kissimmee. Bowling Green was coming off a gauntlet of difficult games, exhausted. Texas had an easier path, and was able to dispatch the Falcons easily en route to winning its first title.

The lead up to today’s game was much different than it was four years ago. Both teams did very well on Day 1, and were seeded high enough to not have exceedingly difficult matchups to reach the Sweet 16. With sun high overhead and a clear sky, the rematch was set.

Bowling Green came out firing immediately and pushed the pace against Texas’s defense. Beater Max McAdoo ran wild around the pitch, clearing lanes for the Falcon’s chasing core to drive and score.  Bowling Green put Texas back on its heels, and took an early 30-0 lead in this fashion. The Longhorns, however, were not going to move over so easily. Showing some superior speed and athleticism, Texas chasers were able to dodge beats and drive through defenders to score or pass to a teammate. Though this play worked occasionally, Bowling Green’s physical tacklers and tight man coverage often took away chances for drives and passes.

Bowling Green continued its up tempo play into the middle of the game, constantly pressing Texas into its own keeper zone and attempting to force turnovers. Texas was prepared for the press however, and used open space to spread the Bowling Green beaters, making it difficult to actually force the turnover.  Unfortunately running the press was tiring in the hot Floridian sun, and McAdoo needed to substitute.  Like a switch, Texas beater Eddie Molina regained bludger control and dominated beater play. Texas began to play its beaters very aggressively, creating easy lanes for its keeper and chasers to drive.  However, Bowling Green keeper Daniel Daugherty still pushed the pace, avoiding beaters to find open chasers behind the hoops or take a long shot.

Though Texas was controlling the beater game more and was getting three times the number of offensive rebounds, it was still difficult for its offense to score. Many shots sailed wide or were picked off by the Falcons. With a more solid beating defense though, the Longhorns were able to consistently stay within snitch range throughout the match. Once snitch was on pitch, Texas, down 30, completely locked down the snitch. Using both a defensive seeker and Molina at beater, Bowling Green’s seeker Sam Roitblat was not able to get near the snitch. Focusing on the quaffle game instead, Bowling Green continued to keep the Longhorns at the edge of snitch range, shutting down effective passing at the hoops with beater help.

Oftentimes, a snitch catch happens in a split second decision; one wrong step, one late dive. In this case, it was one missed beat. Molina’s defense of the snitch ended as he missed a crucial beat on Roitblat, allowing him a chance at the snitch. On a dive, Roitblat catches, the Falcons up 30. Bowling Green wins the match 110*-50, and moves on to their third Elite Eight appearance in the team’s history.