Thursday, July 22, 2010

4.0 Sectionals Preview

I want to start this out that I would never plagiarize anything from the Houston Blog or from anyone else for that matter.

Flight 1

Corpus
San Angelo
Valley
Wild Ft. Worth
Houston

There are two dangerous teams in this flight. Houston and Wild Ft Worth. You can't discount Wild Ft Worth, as Ft Worth City winner (non wild) might just find themselves in Nationals this year.

Houston - This is a Freeman team who always has solid squads. They are led by their 2 stud singles players Ellingsen and Knutson. Both are top 4.0s in the state. As a doubles team they beat Somabut/Palacioz 6-1 6-1. Doubles are strong but the core of the team is those 2 singles players.

The Houstonians should waltz through this group. I couldn't believe the amount of players that they have and with a roster so deep that they could play all their matches and never have the same guy play twice.

Winner - Houston

Flight 2
Wild Austin
San Antonio
Fort Worth
Waco
Abilene

Wild Austin used Vlad Chub at 1 singles and Chris Lewis at 2 in the finals of their playoffs.

San Antonio's Blossom Smash waltzed through their playoffs, dropping only one line. Rodrigo Sabag was really tough playing singles, with a win over Carl Bain on his resume. Isai Martinez looks to be even tougher. This team looks really tough. In the Spring season, they won most of their WHOPPING SEVENTEEN (17) Spring matches 4-1 and 5-0.

Fort Worth's team is the team to beat in this flight... Jay Bigam is a flat hitter with old school grips, but has had success at the 4.5 level in the past. Chris Whipple has also been dominant in singles. Their doubles look solid. Their name "Old Gang" is very deceptive as many of these kids are stupid young. As long as they don't get Young Kid's chokeitis, I think that they win most of their matches in their flight with a 4-1 and 5-0 spanking.

Waco and Abilene don't have much data to draw from. Waco's Erich Schwarze is a 4.5 drop down who was dominant the last time he went to 4.0 Sectionals.

Flight 2 winner - The Ft Worth Young Children lay a solid whooping on San Antonio with a 4-1 crushing blow leaving San Antonio wondering and other teams shaking.


Before we start with Flights 3 & 4, I need to note that the big clear advantage for BOTH Dallas teams is that they have already played at LBH, the courts that somehow are able to maximize both heat and Mosquito potential in Dallas. Mosquitoes there are not to be taken lightly as I can't remember which I use more of, OFF or Sunblock while at LBH. It should also be noted, as all of Dallas knows already, the outdoor gun range next to LBH can be a little disturbing when Johnny Yeehaw decides to take his Uzi to the gun range on Saturday.

Flight 3
Austin
Wild Dallas
NETX
NOHO
Midland


Austin had its "ringer", John Dwyer, DQ'd after their city playoffs, which will really hurt its strength. Interesting that the match that got Dwyer DQ'd was a 7-6 6-3 win in the playoffs, further proving that NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHAT THE FORMULA IS TO GET DQ'd. Of course, maybe he just got DQ'd because Sisk or Arcaria had dirt on him and turned him in. We will never know. Nevertheless, without their ringer in singles, they never would of made it through the city playoffs, as many of their wins were 3-2 wins. Of course, Austin notoriously has good teams in Sectionals, so this team should still NOT be overlooked.

NoHO - The core of this team also went to Sectionals last year. Their 2 top singles players got SPANKED last year in Sectionals with 6-1 6-2 losses, so I don't know if they crack under the pressure again, but can anyone every forget a 6-1 6-2 beat down? Never mind, I am sure that they have forgotten that by now and whom am I to remind them? There doubles are very strong, however, and the doubles will need to carry NoHo if they want to get far.

Dallas - Scouting report. Many of the players are former Davis Cup champions and should not be playing at 4.0. I hope this doesn't get out.

Midland - notoriously a middle of the pack team in sectionals, but it is always fun to go to Sectionals. Enjoy yourself gentlemen. There are no bad teams in Sectionals, and when a captain overlooks a team is when a captain makes mistakes.

NETX - Tierney & Wynn look to be a really good doubles team. Dallas is also going to have to watch out for Aaron Smith. If I were the captain of Wild Dallas, I would definitely have all barrells blazing against this team. Fortunately for NETX, the Dallas captain is lazy and generally doesn't scout other teams. This is a clear advantage for NETX.

It's going to be a dogfight of NETX v Wild Dallas in the last match, but I just can't pick against the previous Davis Cup players.

Flight 4
Dallas
Amarillo
Lubbock
Wild Houston
SETX

I wrote this completely myself, but I must state I am very disappointed that July 22, 2010 1:23 PM (aka Shawn Arcaria) was able to plagiarize my hard work and research before I even wrote it. All I can see is as far as 4.0 goes here is what I know.

Lubbock - This team returns almost all of the key players from the team that went to nationals less than 2 years ago. How they are back at 4.0 is beyond me and is a complete joke. They have 2 very good singles players. Lance Coleman is a former 4.5 who did very well at that level, beating some very good players and going 3 sets with Huffman (Oc Branch). He was not even part of that national team and makes them that much better. Shaunaman was part of that national team and is their other singles player. Most of their doubles players were all the national team. That national team did beat the Dallas 4.0 team from Springpark, which included Charles Rasor, Eugene Davis, Jim Walters, Greg Odell, etc. All of which are still at 4.5. This team will be strong.

Wild Houston - they lost to the Houston Freeman team 3-2 in the final. Another team with strong singles with Wooten and Larrazolo. Wooten has a win over our John Kraemer and Mark Anderson locally in singles and did not lose in league this year. They look to be very strong.

Amarillo - Another team that made it to Sectionals, only to have their star player Jason Wait DQ'd just before sectionals. This is yet another obvious DQ mistake by the captain, as Jason Wait crushed his opponent in his final match with an eye catching 6-3 6-4 win. I believe Dallas is playing Amarillo in morning, but Amarillo would not be on my mind.

Dallas - Many of Shawn's self rates are future Davis Cup Champions as soon as they become old enough to play Davis Cup that is. It should be noted that Stephen Bennett is a former Sumo wrestling super champ. Sisk tried to get him DQ'd under super champ status, however, the appeal was denied.

Flight Winner - I really want to pick Dallas, but I have to give the nod to Lubbock this year.

4.0 Wrap up done. My biggest disappointment is that I had to bump down the great Fantastic with his exceptional Star Wars based summary. That was post of the decade Fantastic - IMO.

137 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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  2. Was the plagiarizing comment a joke? You cut and pasted some things directly from the Houston blog.

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  3. nice summary and good picks. too bad dallas team (lifetime) got such a hard flight even though they "won" City...
    former davis cup players?... really.

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  4. Let me answer some of these crazy rumours.

    Anon July 23, 2010 3:29 AM - NO
    Anon July 23, 2010 5:17 AM - YES

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  5. Nice Job Cary! Lubbock and Wild Houston will be tough, but we will be ready.

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  6. Listen BMO, I think it's time that you and I get our sumo thongs on and settle this. You can't be calling me out like that and not expect to get your ass kicked. It's either that, or we meet at dunkin donuts and see who can put down the most powedered sugar ones in 10 minutes. Your choice.

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  7. Nice report BMO. It is a difficult task to analyze teams from other cities and draw conclusions based on the computer and hear se. You did a good job.

    Thanks for the compliments on my prior post. Something that just came to mind and was hesitant to do, but glad it could give some people some laughs.

    Maybe you should stick with the pre-game analysis and I will stick with the post-game highlights and entertainment!

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  8. It looks like all our blog contributors are taking it up a notch. Capt Fantastic you had the best blog ever! BMO, nice job as well. Now we need to see some better stuff from Nancy & Cary.

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  9. BTW - the LB Houston facility is a disgrace. The Texas Section should never schedule Sectional matches at that facility.

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  10. Coredawg and Cary, I would like to apologize for the ungrateful 11:04 AM anonymous poster. You two have been doing yeoman's work on this blog for years and deserve all of our thanks.

    Generally speaking, the anons on this blog are a pathetic bunch, and I include myself in that group. We anons are a vindictive, mean-spirited, unprincipled, immature, foul-smelling, unathletic, cowardly, impotent bunch of putrid screw-ups.

    But today is the first day of the rest of our pitiful anon lives, and I suggest we make ammends. Coredawg and Cary keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,
    A repentant anon

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  11. TEXAS SECTION BREAKS THEIR OWN RULES WHENEVER THEY WANT
    Rule Regarding Team Playing @ Sectionals:
    "There must be a minimum of 3 teams per level to advance to the Texas Sectionals except: the winner of a two-team league in 4.5 senior, 2.5 adult men, tri level and 7.0 Super Senior league can advance directly to Sectionals"

    But Abilene is invited to 3.5 Sectionals with only 2 local teams competing. Also Waco invited to Sectionals with only 2 teams competing.

    TOSHA - IF YOU ARE GOING TO ESTABLISH LEAGUE RULES, THE RULES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED. NOT IGNORED WHENEVER IT IS CONVENIENT.

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  12. I don't understand the big deal. In my opinion, the more participation at sectionals the better. Some of these smaller communities should not be punished due to smaller numbers. Rules are rules but exceptions can be made. Clearly you are concerned about these teams. Just lace them up and play ball.

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  13. those teams are pathetic and they should not be at sectionals anyway. much better to give a w/c to san antonio or corpus or netx.

    if you are going to publish rules then follow them. otherwise change the rule to: "we do whatever the hell we want"

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  14. The Texas Section holds a QT tournament in July for small towns that have only 1 or 2 teams. Then winner advances to Sectionals. But it looks like Waco and Abilene just passed on the QT and were given a free ride to Sectionals.

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  15. Congrats to Scott Russell and Chris Jones for winning FW MZ----SISK

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  16. Congrats to Sam Huynh as well for winning the 4.0 singles at the FW MZ.

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  17. who did Huynh play in the finals? score?

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  18. Great work for the local men! That is huge!!!!

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  19. scottrussell.com dominates

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  20. yeah. Kris Knutson is the Houston flight 1 "stud" so if he lost to Sam, that is good news for Dallas teams.

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  21. knutson retired... it does not mean he would not beat sam if it mattered for the team tennis... sometimes you decide if it is worth continuing playing or not, especially in this heat and after so many matches.

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  22. Lots of singles matches at the Ft. Worth Major Zone were decided by players retiring too exhausted or feeling sick. Now some of those players did themselves a disservice by trying to also play doubles. But this could be a prelude to next weekend particularly if the weather conditions are similar. It could be a war of attrition, and under that scenario, Branch's team could well be the champ.

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  23. I notice Huynh has a Garland address. How come Sisk did not sniff out this self-rated guy right in his own back yard? Looks like there are plenty of local guys available without having to recruit in Sherman and Tyler.

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  24. Knutson retired down 5-4 to Sam which does not say much. The above anon is right there were a large number of withdrawals this weekend and next weekend the heat could be worse and LBH will definitely be worse.

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  25. I am also disappointed that Anwar Rafiq had to retire in the finals consolation 4.0. For any of you who have had the pleasure of playing him, what a joy it is.

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  26. Next weekend will come down to what it always does at Sectionals, and that is which team is deeper. If captains try and ride to many of the same players in to many matches it will be a huge mistake, and one that I fully expect to see from the inexprienced ones.

    The good captains will mix and match there rosters to get maximum play and results.

    Trust me when I tell you there will be people on this blog after next weekend that will be second guessing there riding of to few players that just crap out and there will be more than one "retired" match... Be smart and you will advance! Good luck to all!

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  27. Anwar had a scheduling issue and got his match started early as possible helped by Noeh and myself for getting beaten quickly by Anwar and Stewart. I figured they would be evenly matched, it is too bad they couldn't finish but I think Stewart might have won out but who knows. I hadn't seen Anwar play in a few years he has actually improved his game a lot. Knutson had back issues and his match with Sam was very uneventful, essentially a slice fest between the two who both looked very tired but Kris opted to rest his injury and heal up for next weekend.

    It was a great weekend, for someone who complains about heat I actually think I looked as fresh as anyone out there, I guess I have finally aclimated to this N Texas summer heat. Love the Fuzzy Taco place, thanks to the Garland guys for suggesting and then buying beer. Nice. :)))

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  28. If anyone knows how to unlock the path to beating Anwar, please inform the masses.

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  29. Knutson is Houston's #3 singles player.

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  30. knutson is a knob.

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  31. If he's number three then whose number one and two? Ellingson and who else?

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  32. The other knob.

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  33. It's the other knob, Ellingson, then Knutson. Freeman is hiding the knob for when he needs him.

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  34. You have to keep Anwar moving from corner to corner. If not, he'll stand in the middle of the baseline and push it back all day long.

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  35. Right. But if you can hit your groundstrokes with pace, or with heavy topspin, you can end the match much quicker. He does not like chasing balls with pace.

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  36. Trust me when I say Anwar has improved at handling topspin and pace in the corners.

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  37. How come only 6 guys (4.0) have signed up for the Brookhaven tourney so far? I remember it being a pretty popular one...

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  38. It's a boycott against Jane Gilpin and her boytoy Kraemer.

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  39. WHERE IS JOHN KRAEMER HIDING? I thought he was going to post the procedures for putting teams into flights? Still too busy John? Or have you come to enjoy the secret (do whatever the hell u want) process? Why is it that the DTA is so afraid to post their processes? How bout a little transparency?

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  40. I heard Kraemer also knows who shot JFK - spill it Kraemer!!!!!

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  41. So is the blog run by a bunch of GTC guys? No offense, but now since Garland has been shut out of Sectionals, there is little activity or commenting on the blog.

    Is there not any insights into any of the teams and players playing this weekend? You played this guys 2 weeks ago. What are your thoughts.

    While we want to pull for our home boys, what do some of the players out there that have played these teams going think about them? Do they stand a chance???

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  42. Nice Try Houston.

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  43. Was perusing around, and it looks like 3 DQs in 4.5 Houston area in the last couple of days, from what I can tell. Don't know for sure, but apparently one of them played jr US Open, but rated 4.5 Mitch Aston. Gone. Bein - Gone. (These were both from the Midland team). I think there is another.

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  44. ^
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    You don't read so well.
    2 from Abilene, 3 from Valley, 1 from Waco.

    No DQs from Houston area, including the supposed former Jr US Open player.

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  45. I find it kind of funny that the blowhards from Greenhill and Lifetime that were so cocky going into cities are now so quiet going into sectionals. I would like to think it might be some humility but having gotten to know several of the players on both teams, I know thats not it. I tend to think its probably just "nerves" setting in and for good reason!

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  46. Two More Days!!!

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  47. More than the players both rookie captains ought to be nervous, especially BMo. Rumor has it that BMo was having nightmares about playing Lakes in the Sectionals, and screws up his line ups one more time.

    Let's see if he smartens up and plays his best lineups in crucial matches - like what he did with the Garland and BH matches in DCC.

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  48. Please anon. Do not be a hater! GH and LTF were not cocky going into Cities. All we heard from was how good Somabut was and GTC. Sounds like you are a whiney sore loser. I am sure both those teams had a lot of respect for all the teams in cities as they do for sectionals and had no reason to talk trash then or now. Sounds like someone could have had it right stating the blog is quiet with crap since GTC was eliminated.

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  49. The reason you don't see much posting from GH or LTF is because we don't know much about our opponents just yet. It was easy to get on here when cocky ass Sisk and Somabut where thinking they where the shit, but where are they now? Just come on down to the swamp on Friday and watch us do the talking on the courts, that is if 7-11 or McDonalds give you the time off. Maybe Sisk can even go make Obannons bail so he can come watch this weekend and sell a baggie or two on the side. I'm sure the folk from Lubbock, Waco, etc. would much appreciate it.

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  50. Best line ups in crucial match ups. LOL!!! Yep, that is what he does, he tries to go for the unfavorable matchups by putting his worst lines out there. That said, there are 6 matches to be played if everything goes perfect. All matches are back to back.

    anon 9:51 the reason you don't hear much from LTF and GH is because you never really did hear it before. so it's just a continuance of the same.

    Agreed. yes, 2 more days.

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  51. TOP TEAMS
    4.0 --> Houston
    4.5 --> NOHO

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  52. 4.o - Lubbock & San Angelo

    4.5 - Branch & Miller

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  53. 9:51 am -

    good one Gerber!

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  54. As far is Obannon is concerned, someone felt compelled that a tennis blog is the perfect venue to display a criminal record of my player. That is between him, God, and his parents. I'm not interested in a players sexual preference or criminal history, it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS.If you want to continue with the elementary remarks into next year,feel free.

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  55. Sad, but you know they will continue.

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  56. John I think it's like the kids that pick on other's in elementary school. If you don't respond they get bored and leave you alone...

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  57. Sounds like you are one of those kids that got picked on a lot, finally learn your lesson?

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  58. Anon 1:06 pm;

    You are beyond help and you know it.

    Domo Arigato

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  59. Sometimes those who continue to push and push need to get popped in their nose and mouth with one shot and once they see their own blood, they stop and become decent kids.

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  60. Lubbock maybe. San Angelo? Doubt it.

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  61. "That is between him, God, and his parents."

    Hey Sisk, I think you forgot to mention the Police somewhere in that sentence.

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  62. I played on the Lubbock team that went to Nationals but got moved up and I can tell you the guys they were able to pick up make this team much stronger than in 2008.

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  63. How's your 4.5 team this year Mel? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  64. We have some solid players. We are just happy we actually had a local league and could qualify to go. Can't prepare for Dallas heat out here in the desert but we are going to give it our best. No ringers though, if that's what you really want to know.

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  65. I have seen the Ft Worth team and seen them play and I honestly have to see I don't see how Lubbock can be better than Ft Worth. I just don't. I think its FTW and LBK in finals and I see a FTW win IMO.

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  66. Name one decent player on the San Angelo roster. Wild Fort Worth should take them down easily.

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  67. Coleman (if he has been playing) is the best player in the event at 4.0. Even if he did whiff that overhead...

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  68. Dallas has no chance in the 4.0s. Weakest representatives in years at that division. Pretty sad.

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  69. WOW!!! Written like a person with some serious sour grapes. You are either a serious moribd hater, OR someone from another city trying to get a pulse on the Dallas competition you will be facing.

    Either way, not feeding into your Debbie Downer attitude.

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  70. I prefer to whine and complain behind my anonymous screen and throw shit at everyone. That way I bring everyone down to my level of play, and feel a lot better about my game, or lack of.

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  71. Can current DIII College tennis players play at the 4.0 level? Waco 4.0 has two current college players who play for LeTourneau. The players are Bryan Crenshaw and Mitch Guerra.

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  72. HTown Hacker noticed this. One of the guys from Ft Worth was ranked about Craig Weymer is Super 18s.

    Just noticed that Paul Vorapunpisuit of the Fort Worth champ was ranked one spot below Antoine Ford in the Super 18 rankings in 2001 (ahead of people like Will Taylor and last year's 4.0 ringer Craig Weymer). He and Bigam will be a nice one-two punch.

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  73. Here is the link

    http://www.letu.edu/opencms/opencms/_Student-Life/athletics/Men/Tennis/2010_stat_files/teamigbg.htm#plyr0001

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  74. "Debbie Downer"??? Really???? Are you gay!!!

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  75. Anonymous said...
    Can current DIII College tennis players play at the 4.0 level? Waco 4.0 has two current college players who play for LeTourneau. The players are Bryan Crenshaw and Mitch Guerra.
    July 29, 2010 11:09 AM

    Brandon said...
    There are only 30 teams ranked by the ITA. These players are untouchable.
    July 29, 2010 11:16 AM

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    But if a kid from Hardin Simmons can get dq'd then why cant current players from LeTourneau who smokes Hardin Simmons not get dq'ed
    July 29, 2010 11:27 AM

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    Current D3 Player must self rate 4.5

    http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/USTA_Import/USTA/dps/doc_13_7372.pdf
    July 29, 2010 11:27 AM

    Anonymous said...
    Hey Brandon, maybe you can enlighten us as to why the opposing teams in your little 3 team "league" never bothered to play each other,......the last 2 years. Was it because they were only there as a set up fo your team so you guys didn't have to go play the Qualifier tournament for an honest trip to Dallas? That's the way it looks on tennislink? Just sayin.
    July 29, 2010 11:28 AM

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    Both are benchmark rated at 4.0
    July 29, 2010 11:28 AM

    Anonymous said...
    That's laughable. They self rated 3.5 in 2009.
    July 29, 2010 11:32 AM

    Anonymous said...
    The LeTourneau team finished the year 22-3 and lost to UT-Tyler in the Conference semis 5-2. UT-Tyler finished the year #10
    July 29, 2010 11:34 AM

    Anonymous said...
    11:27 not if they are ranked.
    July 29, 2010 11:36 AM
    Anonymous said...
    Either way, those college m-fers are playing competitive matches/training sessions on a daily basis, and should not playing 4.5 league tennis

    July 29, 2010 11:38 AM
    Anonymous said...
    They are playing 4.0 league tennis.

    July 29, 2010 11:40 AM
    Austinwild said...
    The D-3 player I tried self rating from Hardin Simmons did not get dq'd, he was given a 5.5 in the self rate, so he doesn't get to play in Austin, since he is no where good enough to play on the open team.

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  76. I am pretty sure those Waco guys can be dq'd. I am looking into it.

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  77. Look all you want Einstein. Both had valid computer ratings before going to play D3.

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  78. Mitch Guerra self rated as 3.5 last year.

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  79. I think that would be a significant change in circumstance to warrant a change in rating status.

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  80. Then they should have signed up for 4.5 league this year. Don't they want to play up to their level or be sneaky and beat up on 4.0s?

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  81. Exactly. I see 4.0 players playing on 4.5 teams all the time. Waco is being very unethical and shady.

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  82. I wonder if guerra and crenshaw will wear their Letourneau gear in their matches.

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  83. Does anyone expect anything less from Waco? Look at the college program, the coach recruits professional tennis players.

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  84. Damn, I'm proud to be a college player competing at 4.0. I love to beat up on has beens that have nothing to do but whine and complain about other players. Take it on the court this weekend, and I will make my momma proud.

    Then go home and clean my room.

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  85. And those baylor players could get a 4.0 rating too and be untouchable

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  86. The year Waco won Nationals they had a player Jon Arveson who had played for Highland Park's State Championship teams and after winning nationals with the Waco 4.0 played and won a few matches for Baylor University's varsity team. Was he top 6, no, but he wasn't near 4.0 if Baylor put him in varsity matches.

    Dallas captains have nothing on the Waco captain. He will get down and cheat with the best of them.

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  87. stop crying about crenshaw and guerra, they are playing 4.0 because thats what they are.... they are not even the best players on that team.

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  88. There should be NO current college players playing 4.0 tennis. If they are at any kind of decent college playing tennis they should not be playing 4.5.

    Most college players should have to play at 5.0 or Open. Are all college players 5.0+. No, but there are far more closer to 5.0 or Open than 4.0 or 4.5.

    Again, after the big push at the end of last year to get rid of most of the sandbaggers we still have a problem mainly due to self-rates and college players playing down.

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  89. I'm sure Crenshaw and Guerra suck. If they are playing college tennis they are also weak idiots.

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  90. Didn't crenshaw go to state in3a?

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  91. That certainly doesn't make him great.

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  92. Hey guys my name is mitch guerra thanks for all the flattering comments, me and bryan greatly appreaciate all the attention and to be considered in the same category as arvesson. is a dream come true. dont u wish ur captain was good enough to put together a team that has me on it.
    * get ur facts straight crenshaw didnt even make it out of his 3a district. and at letourneau we rode the bench. if we played it was against mental impaired players. and arent returning in the fall bc i suck !!!! i weigh 116 soaking wet and just lob the ball' i actually just learned how to serve two days ago. just bc ur a 3.5 playing 4.0 dont be upset with good ol. waco texas. im bench marked. watch u will see how much of a ringer i am. come watch this atp player play tomorow morning. free of charge. i love spectators. thanks and good luck to all

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  93. Regardless of what any of us think, these players will be at Sectionals. Instead of making a fuss about it, nut up and play your best if you should be matched against them. I for one will enjoy the challenge if I get matched up against them.

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  94. Cliff that competitive attitude you carry is awesome and very few people have that nowadays!!

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  95. With 7 Lubbock players returning from a Nationals run in 2008, did you lose on purpose at 4.5 to get back to 4.0, sit out or what???

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  96. Cliff,

    if you were on that team, and back again, please don't talk about "nutting up" ------I'm pulling for my guy's to advance, if they come up short, I'm pulling for Texas.

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  97. John,

    2008 was the first year I was rated a 4.0. I played in 4.0 league as a 3.5 from 2005 up until that point. So I can talk about nutting up whenever I please.

    I can't speak for anyone else, but I'll never throw a match to keep a rating. After we went to nationals, our team split up as per USTA regulations, and no one sat out. During that time, several on that 2008 team were bumped to 4.5. So out of the original 12 that went, only 7 are returning.

    Complain all you want but in the end it will not matter because you will still play who you are going to play.

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  98. Cliff,

    Looks like you played a lot with Mel McRee who was closer to a 5.0 than a 4.0. Must be buddying up with Lance Coleman now.

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  99. Since you're looking, how many times did I play with lance?

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  100. Cliff,
    I will think you improved over time and got bumped to 4.0 from 3.5, not that you were out of level to begin with. You are the luckiest 7 players in Texas!I went to Nationals in 2008 at 3.5 and I'd love to have Flora,Defeo and Harvey back at 3.5. It would never happen because of their production at the next level. My weakest player(me) would take work to get back to 3.5. I mentioned 3 from my team, you guy's have 7, that's incredible! Have fun this weekend! Go Dallas!!!!! Go Texas!!!

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  101. Per Usta rule Lubbock could have stayed together and all "Play up" Defeo, Harvey, Flora all need to tank for 2 years then make another run at 3.5 lol. Hmmmmmmm

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  102. Lets be honest about this. Those Lubbock guys ALL tanked matches to get back to 4.0. Anyone who would tank matches to drop a level would obviously lie about it as well. Those guys are all scumbags and I hope somebody beats them.

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  103. Not much to do in Lubbock. I guess tanking matches is just a form of entertainment.

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  104. The tennis has started

    Wild Dallas (Morrison) win 5-0 first match.

    Now on court vs NoHo

    Lifetime had just started when I left - Good luck to both Dallas teams!!!

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  105. It's easy to hide behind an anonymous name and speculate. But since we're being honest, you can cry and tell yourself whatever makes you feel like a man. In the end what you or I think means nothing. Our ratings are what they are.

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  106. Arcaria wins 3-2

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  107. Houston singles players Alex Ellingsen & Renish Halani looked very tough this morning. I dont think either of those will lose a match this weekend.

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  108. Morrison wins second match 5-0!!

    Great start

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  109. Nice job, GH!! 10-0 in sectionals is very impressive! Thanks for representing Dallas so well!!!
    Good luck to lifetime too!

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  110. Keep it going GH!

    blake s (lakes)

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  111. Lifetime wins 5-0. Both Dallas teams 2-0 going into tomorrow.

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  112. Minchul Ho is gay!

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  113. Tomorrow will be the hottest day so far this summer. No, really! 103F high plus heat index... Hopefully nobody passes out tomorrow. Should benefit deep teams.
    Go Dallas teams!!!

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  114. Who would have thought that Dallas would be 18-2 after 2 rounds. Good job LTF and GH.

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  115. I think Lubbock and NETX do not have to be as deep to get out of their flight.

    They don't have to go back to back on Friday and Saturday.

    Their matches on both days are 6 hours apart.

    Lubbock will be fresh for LTF and NETX will be fresh for us.

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  116. Not necessarily. If you wait too long between matches, your body actually stiffens up.

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  117. Cliff, You lost to T. Campos??? You SUCK!!! Lubbock is in big trouble tomorrow!

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  118. Dallas 4-0, Fort Worth 0-4. Dallas 18-2, Fort Worth 7-13. So much for the Fort Worth talk!

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  119. Think what you want to make yourself feel good, but you should grown a pair of nuts and put your name down so we can pick your losses apart.

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  120. Think what you want to make yourself feel good, but you should grown a pair of nuts and put your name down so we can pick your losses apart.

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  121. What's with tennis link?? Several of the Flight 4 matches are still not entered. Do they not have electricity out there at LBH ??

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  122. I see in 4.5 Branch rolled SETX 5-0 with the tightest match being 3 & 4. Nice !!!

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  123. score reporting doesn't have anything to do with match scores not being varified by the captains does it ??

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  124. Cliff,
    What college did Lance Coleman play for, I remember in 2002 Lance telling everybody he played college. I thought he played Division 2, if I remember right.

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  125. I don't know what college, if any, Lance played for. I barely know the guy to be honest with you.

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  126. I guess GH has former Davis cup players for real...

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  127. Amazing. San Angelo wins its 4.0 flight with just 10 players.

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  128. Amazing!! Waco won 4.0 flight with 8 players

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  129. Congrats to the Dallas 4.5s on destroying their pool. It's going to be a great match in the morning with SA but give me Dallas heading to Tucson. It would be great to see them make it. Be nice to see some Dallas people out supporting them at 7am at LB Houston.

    On a side note: Think about how happy CoreDawg and RO would be if Branch had to break up.

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  130. Congrats to Arcaria and Bmo for their effort!!!! See you at 7am

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  131. R U kidding me??? I'm sleeping in!!

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  132. Coleman played for ACU

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  133. Dallas 4.0 ladies and Dallas 4.5 Men are going to Nationals.

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  134. Congrats to Dallas 4.5s! Well deserved. Best team all weekend. Took down both SAs 3-1 today.

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  135. Thanks for the update Kern. I just hopped on the computer to see what happened. That is a awesome Sunday for those guys. congrats to a good bunch of guys and taking out the evil Torres. Just kidding I don't even know him but he seems like Dr. Evil with a long spindly mustache. :)

    wow it is has finally happened for Team Branch, Team Feldman, team OC, heck just call them Team Dallas All Stars. They finally found the right mix and made it happen and should have a good chance to do damage at the next level.

    Dallas 4.5 will be wide open now. Team Corey are you ready? Royal Oaks? Brookhaven, High Point? Who will pick up some scraps of that team and keep the dream alive at 4.5 for 2011.

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