#9 North Carolina State Alpha's run into the nationals bracket in 2021 was cut short after they ran into Michigan on a heater. Trevor Lynch and co are back hoping for another great run. A surprising loss to Vermont in pool play of Queen City wasn't the start they wanted, but they cleaned things up to make the prequarter against in-region opponent Maryland Space Bastards. Maryland has been a bubble nationals squad for the past few years. Will they put things together again this year?