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BLQK Bears and Seattle Pioneers Secure Spots in Semifinals at Major League Pickleball Event in Daytona Beach

By Kyle Whatnall

on Mar 25, 2023

Day 2 of the Major League Pickleball Event in Daytona Beach provided an intense day of pickleball, as teams battled it out for a chance to advance to the Semifinals. The California BLQK Bears continued their dominant performance from the earlier rounds, finishing at the top of their group with a perfect 3-0 record to earn the #1 seed in the playoff bracket. The Seattle Pioneers also secured a bye from the Quarterfinals as the #2 seed, finishing with a 2-1 record in group play.

In the Quarterfinals, the New Jersey 5's faced off against the St. Louis Shock, with the 5's coming out on top in a clean sweep to advance to the Semifinals. The Los Angeles Mad Drops also secured their spot in the Semifinals after defeating the New York Hustlers 3-1 in a tightly contested match.

The ATX Pickleballers, Milwaukee Mashers, SoCal Hard Eights, Las Vegas Night Owls, Florida Smash, and Frisco Clean Cause did not accumulate enough points from the earlier rounds to advance to the knockout rounds.

All eyes have on the BLQK Brown Bears the past two days, as they are the only undefeated team in the competition thus far. The team's star players, Dylan Frazier and Maggie Brascia, were near the top of the player leaderboard and were expected to continue their elite play together in the Semifinals matchup against the New Jersey 5's. Both players have been virtually unstoppable throughout the tournament, consistently displaying their exceptional skills on the court. Frazier and Brascia have been instrumental in leading the BLQK Bears to the #1 seed.

 With their impressive form thus far, Frazier and Brascia will look to continue their elite play heading into the Semifinals tomorrow. The duo is hoping to secure their first-ever Major League Pickleball Championship title and will be determined to give their best performance yet in the upcoming matches. Fans will be eagerly anticipating their performance, as they showcase their incredible pickleball talent in the highly anticipated Semifinals matchups.

James Ignatowich has also been a big force in leading the New Jersey 5's to their Semifinal opportunity, showcasing his exciting and quick play on the court. Ignatowich is known for the power behind his two-handed backhand, which has been a crucial element in his team's success throughout the tournament. His impressive power comes from his Selkirk Vanguard Power Air paddle, a popular choice among professional pickleball players.

 Ignatowich's incredible talent on the court has been on full display throughout the tournament, and his performances have been a big reason why the New Jersey 5's are in the Semifinals. Fans will be eagerly anticipating his upcoming matches, as he looks to continue his exceptional play and lead his team to victory in the highly anticipated Semifinal matchups.

The Semifinals matchups are set for tomorrow, with the California BLQK Bears scheduled to face off against the New Jersey 5's and the Seattle Pioneers taking on the Los Angeles Mad Drops. The stage is set for an intense showdown, as the top four teams will battle it out for a chance to advance to the championship match.

 Overall, it was an exciting and action-packed day of pickleball, and fans eagerly anticipate tomorrow's Semifinals matchups. With the top teams set to battle it out, the competition is sure to intensify, and only time will tell which team will come out on top and be crowned the champions of the Major League Pickleball Event in Daytona Beach. Be sure to tune into the livestream action on the Major League Pickleball YouTube Channel!


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