2015 Champaign – Playoff Preview (Oct. 28)

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Updated: November 3, 2015

On Wednesday Night the Regular Season came to a close and with the final results our Playoff Bracket was set!  This Week’s Power Rankings article will transition into a Playoff Preview article. First, a congrats is order to Team Sammy’s for finishing as the Regular Season Champs! A lot left for them to do in order to take the Crown!  More on this in just a bit.. Here’s a Link to the Weekly Highlight Video!  Another quick reminder as deadlines are fast approaching — for Spring Break Trips — Student City — and for Study Abroad — cea Study Abroad.  

 

Champaign Playoff Preview

Format:

10 Teams have qualified for the Single Elimination Playoffs.  The Opening Round and Elite8 will be Softball on Wednesday Night (Nov. 4) and the Final4 (Football) and Championship (Hoops) will both be played on Wednesday Nov. 11.  The Opening Round places the #7 v. #10 Seeds and #8 v. #9 Seeds. The two Winners from those Games join the Top 6 Seeds in the Elite8 Round.  Let’s Preview!

 

Opening Round Softball

7. Team SAE 5s (Biaggi’s Gold) v. 10. Team DChi (Starr Limo) – Winner Plays 2 Seed

We’ve seen Teams come from this spot to Win multiple Playoff Games so there’s no reason to think it can’t happen once again.. For Team SAE 5s.. The grizzled vets of the Champaign League.. They are about to embark on their final Playoff journey in the Champaign League and while they have a potentially huge Elite8 Game on the horizon with 2. Team SAE (their younger brothers), they can’t look past 10. Team DChi just yet.. Team DChi didn’t get off to the start they wanted to in the Regular Season and certainly stunted their place in the Standings. However, everyone now is on even footing. 1 Game. Winner moves on. Loser goes home.

 

8. Team AKL (Houlihan’s) v. 9. Team ATO (iHotel Navy) – Winner Plays 1 Seed

Exactly a year ago both of these houses made it to the Elite8 where their Playoff journeys would both end at the hands of the Teams who would eventually make it all the way to the Championship.. Now, we are back a year later and only one of them can get back to the Elite8 in an attempt to redeem themselves. Both have had flashes of greatness in 2015 and it wouldn’t be far fetched to see one of them move on from this Game and go on to upset #1 Team Sammy’s later in the evening.. First things first though, only one can move on from the Opening Round!

 

Elite8 Softball

1. Team Sammy’s (Biaggi’s Purple) v. Winner of 8/9

They jumped out of the gate this year with a new sense of urgency that we haven’t seen from Team Sammy’s in a couple of years.. The Team is mostly comprised of 18s and they intend on wreaking havoc on the Champaign League for years to come.. To be truly remembered as a great squad they’ll need to tack on Playoff success to their fantastic Regular Season.. They will be favored in every one of their remaining Games and it’ll be interesting to see how they cope with the pressure.. They’ll take on the Winner of 8. Team AKL v. 9. Team ATO in Elite8 Softball where the Winner will move on to the League’s final night.. Final4 Flag Football…  Good Luck!

 

2. Team SAE (Farm Lake Barn) v. Winner of 7/10

Team SAE have had their best Regular Season to date in 2015.  They have been nearly perfect all season long and most recently took down their own 5th years in Week 7 Flag Football to cement their spot as the #2 Seed.  They can’t celebrate for long though if they want to be the ones holding the Crown at the end.. They await the Winner of the 7. Team SAE 5s v. 10. Team DChi Opening Round Game.. It’s quite possible they’ll have a rematch with the the SAE 5s in the Elite8… Which would also serve as a Rematch from last year’s Elite8 Softball Game where the SAE 5s (then Seniors) defeated the 17s in route to the Final4.  It will certainly be an interesting night!

 

3. Team SigEp (cea Study Abroad) v. 6. Team Pikes (Meijer)

The 2014 Defending Champs – 3. Team Sig Ep – find themselves in a remarkably familiar position to one that they found themselves in a year ago.. In 2014, Team SigEp entered the Playoffs as the #3 Seed and took that route all the way to the Crown.  Now in 2015, once again they are the 3 Seed and once again they’ll need to be at their absolute best. In fact, 6. Team Pikes, may prove to be the hardest Playoff test that Team SigEp has faced in the past two Seasons.. Pikes are entering their first ever Playoffs in All Sports Series but they will be eager to get another crack at SigEp.. These two squads just faced off in a Defensive Battle in Flag Football in Week 7.. SigEp took the W there and with it, both Teams were locked in for this Rematch.. Who will move on to the Final4!?

 

4. Team ZBT (iHotel Orange) v. 5. Team Sig Chi 5s (Wedge Tequila Bar Green)

A year ago, Team ZBT entered the Playoffs as the #1 overall seed and got all the way to the Championship Game.. They even were leading the Championship Hoops Game at halftime.. Only it wasn’t meant to be.. Eventually Team SigEp would get hot from 3 and take the Crown.. In 2015, they haven’t had that dream Regular Season, but you get the feeling they were just doing what was necessary to be in a spot to get back to the Crown.. Something they’ve certainly accomplished. ZBT must be careful to not look ahead to a potential Final4 Flag Football showdown with #1 Team Sammy’s. One Game at a time.. As for 5. Team Sig Chi 5s.. They are about to embark on their first Playoff run in All Sports Series. They were the highest seeded Rookie Team this year, no small feat, and they certainly have plans to continue on to Championship Night and compete in the Final4.. Only one can do so!

 

That’s it for the Regular Season! Best time of the year is about to begin! Good Luck!

-Holden