Here are the flights and match times for the 4.5 playoffs this weekend. I will leave you guys to make the predictions.
T Bar--What I believe to be the strongest roster of any of the playoff teams. I have information that says that some of their players will play 5.0 in the playoffs instead though. This makes sense because the 5.0 team only has 4 players rated 5.0 so they will have to have at least one more to even field a lineup.
High Point--Hard to imagine this team overpowering anybody, but they have solid doubles players that can compete with anybody. They will need to pull out some tiebreaks to advance. Clint is a sure win at any line I would think, so it will be interesting to see where he plays.
Northwood--This team clearly has the best captain of any teams in the playoffs. Many of the same doubles players that have anchored the team for a while now. Those players plus Andy Xu will have to carry the team for them to have a chance.
Saturday at 8 a.m.
Northwood v. High Point
Saturday at 2 p.m.
High Point v. T Bar
Sunday at 10 a.m.
T Bar v. Northwood
Oak Creek--Essentially the identical team that won last fall. Mark Teat and Kamran Mir are new additions that will contribute. Viktorin will have to go undefeated for them to advance, but he has carried them before and I could easily see him doing that again.
Royal Oaks--Drastically different team from last season with the losses of Joey and Andrus. I'm not sure they have found replacements good enough to advance. Spotty results this season make it difficult to tell if they were saving up for the playoffs or just weaker than expected. Rauschuber is always good for a win though.
The Lakes--Surprise team of the regular season. They were the most dominant team in the regular season but I'm not sure they have the firepower to win it. A couple of very solid doubles players but singles could be an uphill battle for them. If their opponents can strategically avoid their best doubles team, they are in trouble. Oberg and Pollock have proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
Saturday at 10 a.m.
Royal Oaks v. Oak Creek
Saturday at 4 p.m.
Oak Creek v. The Lakes
Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Lakes v. Royal Oaks
Finals are on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Good luck to all.