1-Lakes-Too be honest I don’t see much difference between these three teams but I think the Lakes might just be stronger of all of them. But since they don’t have any past playoff pedigree they still have something to prove. I like their makeup though, very deep and have some players that can move from singles to doubles and back again pretty easily. They also have some new blood which the big two are unfamiliar with and probably will not be fully unveiled until July.
2-HP/Somabut-Probably just about even with Springpark, their biggest challenge is staying awake until they play TBar which will be their first match of the season where they don’t play a team consisting of mainly 3.5 players or new 4.0 players.
3-Springpark-They may not be crushing people like many expected but they are in the toughest flight and they are undefeated and put a 5-0 whooping on perennial playoff team Stonebridge last week. After seeing them first hand I will be interested to see what Jim considers his A+ lineup come July.
4-LB Houston/Spagnola-I think they had a rough opening match but almost pulled off the upset over Springpark. They took it to previously unbeaten BH/Pearlman yesterday and they look to have added a little help to get them over the hump. I think a team like this benefits from the new playoff format because I don’t think they have the depth of SP or HP but if they can make it in I don’t see why they couldn’t beat any of those teams on any given day.
5-Greenhill/Arnette-I think John might have had the same early season issue I had which is too many players to choose from and not sure which lineup is your best lineup. I expect them to turn a corner but I would still love to know what happened in that LB Houston match.
Almost: LB Houston/Jones- too new for me to throw up in the top section but they have had some strong results but if they truly defaulted a team match they are out of the running entirely.