Memphis Roller Derby wins state championship
Memphis Roller Derby is the newest Tennessee state derby champion after defeating No. 12 Knoxville 94-83 in a thrilling point-for-point bout March 31.
Memphis, formerly ranked No. 16 in the South Central Region of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), will improve its regional ranking with the victory. New rankings will be released at the end of April.
“Winning the state championship is always a big goal for us,” said Emily “Hitsy Bitsy” Evans, player and spokesperson for MRD. “Knoxville is an important in-state and regional rival for us, so this championship is a really important win.”
The tournament, which rotates to one of six Tennessee derby cities annually, was hosted by Memphis this year. A victory earns the winning team the state championship crown, as well as an improved ranking on the national scale. Other competing teams included: Dunlap Darkside (Dunlap), Little City Roller Girls (Johnson City) and Scenic City Roller Derby (Chattanooga).
The next step for MRD will be to continue their season playing in WFTDA-sanctioned bouts. If they continue to improve their ranking, they will have a chance to play in the regional tournament, featuring the top 10 teams in the region. At the end of the season, the top three teams from each region will compete for the national championship.