Gainesville Wild vs. Orlando Aces – Matchup Preview

by Jul 13, 2021Uncategorized0 comments

Saturday

7/17/2021

4 PM

Valor Fitness Headquarters

 

The last time the Wild and Aces met was in 2019 before the Wild rebranded from the Jacksonville Steel when the Aces took that match with a 13 point differential. With the Wild rebrand came a totally different team than when the Aces saw them last.

Now, with the Wild making it to the Championships in 2020, and taking their first match of the 2021 Season, the Aces will be prepared for this new, capable team.

The Aces are bringing back star starters like head coach and strength specialist Taylar Stallings, top utility player Alex Velez, and bodyweight specialist Megan Medeiros who travels from Delaware for every match. Darryl McNeil is named the WildCard after a heroic performance in the Sprint Relay 9’9″ burpees element at the Season opener.

The Wild are calling on their strong females Laura Braun, Julie Radar and Laura Callicut plus their star males like strength specialist Blake Kidder and top utility player RJ Hibbard. Bodyweight couple Carissa Macay and Austin Siegle are both named as alternates with Wildcard Josh Rundall.

The Wild may have won their Season opener but it wasn’t an easy win, with some mistakes that almost cost them the match. The Aces came within seconds of winning their first match against the Palms. Both teams are very physically strong and are used to winning the Ladder, so it will be interesting to watch who wins that race in particular as well as the match.

Wild - Match Active Roster
STARTERS

 

4 Samantha Nalley 42 RJ Hibbard
38 Dez Muir 25 Blake Kidder
11 Laura Braun 23 Nick Shappee
29 Laura Callicut 7 Samuel Martin
10 Julie Raider 69 Patrick Long

 

ALTERNATES

 

17 Katherine Mork 33 Austin Siegel
8 Carissa McKay 11 John Duenckel
15 Tracy Zimmer 32 Josh Rundall (WildCard)

Definitions:

Starter – the first 5 players in either gender allowed to play in a match.

Alternate – a non-starter that can be activated by benching an active player for the remainder of the match.

WildCard – the only alternate allowed to be activated without permanently benching an active player. A WC is limited to 2 races per match.

 

Aces - Match Active Roster
STARTERS

 

34 Taylar Stallings 50 Alex Velez
6 Olivia Scott 32 Miguel Santis
8 Janet Durant 7 Darren Lasso
13 Megan Mederios 14 Kevin Barraez
5 Tricia Davis 20 Kyle Massey

 

ALTERNATES

 

9 Lacy Boyd 3 Darryl McNeil (WildCard)
33 Kay Williams 2 Stephan Demico
2 Becky Loughridge    

Definitions:

Starter – the first 5 players in either gender allowed to play in a match.

Alternate – a non-starter that can be activated by benching an active player for the remainder of the match.

WildCard – the only alternate allowed to be activated without permanently benching an active player. A WC is limited to 2 races per match.