Club Power Rankings [September 29, 2021]

One weekend of Regionals down, one to go.

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Men’s Discussion

  • With most results going to seed on the first weekend of regionals, we see only one change in the Top 10. After a very uneven regular season, New York PoNY looked more solid than they have at any point so far in 2021, with Ben Jagt back and Grant Lindsley moving over to the D-line. Their convincing Northeast title in Devens moves them up to #9.
  • Boulder Lotus was one of the surprises of the weekend, part of the Colorado delegation that swept the South Central bids. Austin Doublewide slips behind their new regional foe to #15 after missing out on Nationals for the first time since 2006.
  • Also setting a new program high watermark in the Power Rankings are Utah Killjoys, who sit at #16 after earning their first Nationals bow with a game-to-go victory over the slipping Seattle Emerald City.
  • Philadelphia Phantom were finally able to sepearate themselves in the mid-tier of the Mid-Atlantic region, moving up to #21 thanks to a Jeff Babbitt aided upset of Pittsburgh Temper in the front-door quarterfinals. They fell in the backdoor rematch, but looked like a side capable of challenging for strength bid if they can keep this roster together in a year where rankings matter.
  • An oversight from last week, Raleigh Expendables enter the Top 25 this week just ahead of a Raleigh-Durham United squad they defeated in the second-place game at Sectionals.

Mixed Discussion

  • After a reasonably steady stretch, the top of the mixed ranking see a shakeup this week. Philadelphia AMP‘s somewhat surprising upset of Washinton DC Space Heater in the Mid-Atlantic final drags the former #1 down to #5, allowing a pair of Seattle titans — BFG and Mixtape — to move to the top of the page.
  • The weekend was not as kind to other contenders in the Northwest. Seattle Sorta, decimated by absences to a wedding, were not able to live up to their billing and fall six spots to behind third-place qualifier Boise Lochsa, who returns to the board after two weeks on the outside. Results elsewhere in Olympia saw Seattle Birdfruit and Portland Administrators fall out of the Top 25 entirely.
  • Two other new teams rejoin the Top 25 this week after earning an invitation to San Diego. Madison NOISE comfortably cruised to the second bid out of the North Central and now sit at #18, while Denver Love Tractor is back in for the first time since the first week of the season. The Colorado squad is at #24, just ahead of the plummeting Dallas Public Enemy, who they knocked off in the South Central game-to-go.

Women’s Discussion

  • That’s more like it. One week after an unprecedented drop, Seattle Riot rebound quite a bit back up to #6 thanks to a second-place finish at Regionals. They had Portland Schwa‘s number this weekend, beating their rivals to the south twice and dropping the Oregoners to #7.
  • A pair of perennial city second teams each slide three spots this weekend, even if Washington DC Grit shed that label this year while Scandal sat the season out. They and Boston Siege sit next to each other at #12 and #13 this week, though the latter is the only one with a chance to improve on that positioning at Nationals.
  • Despite getting blown out in their one-game regional to Denver Molly Brown, Houston Crush City sneak back in at #25, replacing a Madison Heist squad whose disappointing split with in-state rivals Milwaukee Medusa drops them from the Power Rankings.
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