Sorry for the delay in 4.5 posts but the divisions have really gotten interesting. Both flights have only four teams left in contention with only the top three teams from each flight making the QT. Some of these teams face each other this weekend and we should know a lot more after Sunday.
Status: Oak Creek/Branch and Royal Oaks are on a collision course with a combined 53-7 record. They don't play this week but Royal Oaks could drop significantly with a loss against Feldman this week. ROCC plays the top three teams the next 3 weeks so that is when we will find out what they are made of. T Bar is on life support and can't afford another loss if they want to make the QT.
This Week: Only two compelling matchups this week as ROCC takes on Feldman and T Bar takes on the overachieving Bovermann team. There is a youth movement in 4.5 and ROCC and Feldman are an example with at least 3 players under 21 between them. Interesting to see how they will fair against top-level 4.5 opponents. T-Bar should roll over Bovermann to stay in the hunt.
ROCC d. Feldman 3-2
T Bar d. Bovermann 4-1
Branch d. Hackberry 5-0
High Point d. Stonebridge 3-2
Village d. Collin County 3-2
Status: This flight was totally shaken up last week due to Greenhill's 3-2 win over Huffhines. There is now a 3-way tie for first place with the top two teams only being separated by two sets. High Point is a close 4th but will need a lot of help to have a chance at winning the flight. Only three of these teams can advance to the playoffs and we still have Huffhines v. High Point (this week) and Greenhill v. Brookhaven (next week) to come. High Point will be all but eliminated with another loss after their crushing loss to OC/Juhn a couple of weeks ago.
This Week: The feature match of the week is Huffhines v. High Point. HP has done well against my teams in the past so I'm expecting a tough match. HP has added a couple of new players to the roster too so I'm sure they will choose this week to bring them out. None of the top 4 teams can afford to lose another match if they want to win. Springpark could provide a tough test vs. Greenhill if they are still playing to win. Springpark has underachieved this season but they have an undefeated line 1 singles player to go against Greenhill's 1-2 singles punch. How will the Plano Open impact the matches with Griggs and Howard both playing 4.5 singles?
Huffhines d. High Point 3-2 (you know I have to pick my team)
Lakes d. LB Houston 4-1
Greenhill d. Springpark 3-2
Juhn d. DFW Hilton 4-1
Brookhaven d. T Bar 5-0
Let the trash talk begin!!! Welcome back anons, I missed you like I miss hemmorhoids.