Now with the Tri-level Sectionals complete, what can we learn about Dallas tennis for the Spring ?
First, it appears Dallas 3.5s will have a strong edge. Bender's 3.5s who struggled in the local tri-level against team Arcaria and team Feldman, win all their matches in Sectionals this past weekend, with all of them being strong wins except for the final against Houston which was won in a tie-break. It appears Dallas will have a strong shot to win Sectionals and have a team go to Nationals.
Bender has been recruiting and has added to his roster outside players including Kaiser, Monk, and Toney from Arcaria's Tri-Level team. Add these players to Berco Neiman, Paul To, Steven Nguyen, and Rene Cuavas and it looks like he has a solid team in the making.
Sisk also has a strong roster and looks like he will pose a challenge with Andy Meyer, Donnie Davis, Michael Minter, and Chris MacFarland. Also, what would a Garland roster be without several self rates and a couple of single ringers in the bag. This team will also be a solid contender.
Brookhaven Alzuro is another team forming that has the potential to be a threat.
Unfortunately for Dallas, this is starting to appear to be the toughest level to go beyond City. The bump ups definitely affected this level accross the board losing great players to 4.5 and muddying the waters with too many 3.5s getting bumped up pre-maturely. With solid players like Somabut, Palacioz, and Varner who performed strongly in the Dallas Tri-Level, end up this weekend only winning one line. While Leaugue play is 5 lines as opposed to just one, from the onset it appears the road to win Sectionals at this level will be very difficult.
Sisk's roster is forming solid along with Morrison's. I would imagine team Somabut will also be a threat although his roster is far from complete as of this moment to tell. Brookhaven should also field a competitive team at this level.
While there are great teams forming, it seems that several of the top players at this level are being spread out amongst various teams. It appears as if the competition will be tough within our own City, but will the survivor have enough of what it takes to get the job done against a Houston in Sectionals?
From this past weekend, Slezak, Kiron, and Benjamin had no problems and made solid wins until the finals against Houston, of which they gave a tough fight. It appears as if the 4.5s from Dallas has what it takes to make a winning team for Sectionals. Rosters are far from being complete to comment on any teams, and personally, I lack the insight to make any further comments at this level and rely on Nancy to fill in the gaps.