Late Stanford Women’s Pool Changes Likely To Benefit Southwest Region

An unusual late adjustment to the Stanford Invite women’s seeding should be a boon to Southwest teams — including host team Stanford — as they will now get to play a weakened Central Florida team playing without Sunny Harris, one of its stars.

Washington came into the tournament seeded fourth and sitting in the second spot in Pool A behind Oregon. They would have faced off against three Southwest teams — Stanford, UCLA, and California — below them. #3 ranked Central Florida would have seen only two Southwest teams: UC Santa Barbara — the region’s strongest and a team likely to earn the auto bid for the region — and Sonoma State — one of the bottom seeds at the tournament.

In Ultiworld’s preview of the tournament, we broke the news that Sunny Harris would not be playing for UCF due to an injury.

Subsequently, the pools were changed, moving Washington into Pool B and UCF into Pool A (along with a swap of Carleton from A to B and British Columbia from B to A).

The best bubble Southwest teams — UCLA and Stanford — will now get what is likely to be a much easier game against UCF than they would have had against Washington.

Some close watchers of the women’s division took notice:

Tournament director Ryan Thompson responded:

 

Washington coach Kyle Weisbrod also entered the conversation:

UPDATE: TD Ryan Thompson tweeted at Ultiworld shortly after this article was posted:

Here are the finalized new pools:

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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