Friday, August 15, 2014

Mid-season Review - The Year of the Junior Varsity


 


2013 was spotty representation that produced big results.  Dallas won sectionals at the glamor events of tri-level and 5.0 and our B teams, I mean over 40 teams, won sectionals at the 3.5 and 4.0 levels.  That was about it.  For only four teams at nationals we did scrape together two national titles and a 2nd though.  Not too bad.  2014 is shaping up to be the year of the junior varsity, with Dallas’ men only managing to scratch out sectionals titles at 3.5 and 3.0 thus far.  We also have some mixed wins but, again, I have to put over 40 mixed in the junior varsity category, although that 9.0 lineup was pretty strong at any age.  I do have high hopes for the 4.5 over 40 men.


How far away are we on the rest?  The Dallas 4.5s represented well but just didn’t seem to have the top end horsepower that was on display in the finals.  I was told that one of the 4.5 singles players in the finals was dropped off at High Point by his mom.  Not certain about that but they were evidently pretty young.  It’s called 18s for a reason and we aren’t getting any younger.  JCC gave the champions from Amarillo their toughest match and Greenhill was a line away from the semis.  I won’t even discuss Dallas West because I have no idea how they got off to a 0-2 start. 
At 4.0 it was arguably worse.  The Fretz team that ran rough shod through city playoffs was beaten 5-0 by Houston.  SWEPT, ouch.  And the High Point team couldn’t find a way to eek out two lines when they needed them to advance to the semis.  On the plus side, we had teams in the 4.5 and 4.0 semis and won at 3.5 and 3.0.  Not too bad all in all.

What’s next?  A little regrouping, a little player shuffling, a little down time, a little fretting about ratings, and the search for the mythical ringer.  Welcome to the fall.

I’d like to thank all the captains who make it happen for the rest of us.  It has to be a thankless, tiresome job.  I’m sure I couldn’t do it. 

 

73 comments:

  1. Is that the kid from Amarillo?

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    1. Yep, amarillo child. CHEAT

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  2. Ringers aren't mythical. They grow on trees in Houston and apparently no tree is necessary to grow them in Amarillo.

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  3. As usual the flights in 4.0 Fall are unbalanced with Flights A and C strong and Flight D having 6 of the weakest teams.Another Great job. Flight A will have 2 very good teams not making the play-offs

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  4. Flight A looks like spring 4.0 QT. I thought we just got done with a lot of these teams.

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  5. How did a guy named Smith get on the Oak Creek team in flight B?

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  6. Maybe a preview after the rosters get filled?

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  7. Just looking at mixed 8.0 results. How does Canyon Creek miss making playoffs and Springpark makes them yet AGAIN in a year that they all have to break up?

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  8. Simple. SP has Kelley, they dont.

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  9. How freaking hilarious. Kingsley/Sisk super team with roster of 12 "all-star" players, and kingsley plays himself and LOSE their first match??? What a freaking joke!!! LMFAO

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    1. I thought you only needed Kelly on your roster.

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    2. Kelly isn't as good when he doesn't play

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    3. Kelly and his 3.5 lady partner win any of those combo lines. Why in the heck did he even get on roster if he is not going to play?

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  10. What??? Kelley sits out both combo matches?? Lol. Mccullough and Head got the luckiest break of their life

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  11. If he played today Sisk walks into sectionals. Without Kelley playing you saw what happened. Guy is money. Hate him or not.

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    1. He is a legend in his own mind.

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    2. How can you tell how good he is if he doesn't play?

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  12. Considering he has not lost a city or sectional combo match in two years might indicate he is decent...Bash on

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    1. He hasn't played yet so I guess he hasn't lost. And he conveniently missed the tri-level match against Houston last year as well. I'd be the doesn't play the big match tomorrow either.

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  13. Bash on?? Kelly - WE KNOW IT IS YOU AND THAT YOU LOVE YOURSELF. Do you think we are that stupid?? Do you actually think we are that stupid and think a player would consistently come here on the blog to sing you praises?? Your blonde hair buddy has told us how you constantly are checking the blog, even when on vacation.

    You are so Narcissistic!! I'm sure you wish you had a rubber backbone so you could bl*w yourself!!!

    Get a life and quit coming on here posting how great your are. The Dallas tennis community is SICK OF IT and SICK OF YOU !!!!

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  14. Yep, he seems to miss all the big matches alright. Trilevels and the nine nationals he has been to. Maybe one day he will play a big match. How dare he miss a combo match when he was surfing the waves... What an idiot!!

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  15. Gotta love the posters who have won nothing their entire career. At least they are good with hate posting and jealousy.
    Mk

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    1. USTA league tennis is a career?

      Don't we pay to play in these leagues?

      Maybe I'm crazy, but your career has nothing to do with tennis. Don't you have a used car lot or something?

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  16. 4.0 flight A will be the winner of Dallas sectionals. Everyone else just going thru the motions.

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    1. What is Dallas sectionals?

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    2. There is no sectionals in the fall. That's why it will be so easy for you to win it

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    3. I meant to win the fall and get a playoff spot for next year

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  17. Look how quick MK is on here to defend himself. Even when "surfing the waves". He is obviously constantly monitoring the blog, looking for an opportunity to stroke his own ego.

    Yes Mike, you have gone to Nats and have a great record (when skirts are on the court). We get it. We have heard it enough.

    Now PLEASE, let the blog rest in peace, and just allow others to make comments on the threads going on without you stroking your own ego. We don't want to hear you rehash how great you are. Get a life.

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  18. Somabut will dominate yet again this fall. Sisk will do so as well. I think the 4.0 is becoming a threat to do some damage in the spring.

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    1. Some people excel in the fall

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  19. Depends on your definition of damage.

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  20. Anyone know who is winning combo?

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  21. As long as Kelley loses his match if he even plays who cares!!! I think Brookhaven Mccullough will win. Kelley will avoid that showdown for fear of losing the big one.

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    1. Kelly to the rescue. Sisk swept McCullough

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    2. Looks like the 2 3rd set breakers were the difference. Not Kelly's line. Doesn't look like a rescue to me. He can beat anyone at 4.0 when it doesn't count for ratings.

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    3. Yeah, don't you know a third set breaker win is better than a dull blowout.

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  22. Really, Brandon Myers is a 4.0? Well compared to Kelly he is. I was there to see that and that was a beat down. Think Kelley enjoyed that one ? Anyway, Sisk headed to sectionals third year in a row. Sisk seemed to push all the right buttons again. Hats off.

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  23. Sisk best captain going right now.

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    1. Freeman is quaking in fear at the thought of a Sisk combo team.

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    2. He should, he has never beaten a team w Kelly on it

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    3. Getting blown out at QT makes you the best captain going?

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    4. Beat Kelly's team at tri-level last year. You know Kely skipped that match because he was worried he couldn't win it

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    5. Yep, that's why he skipped after never losing a trilevel match in two years, he was scared .

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    6. I would buy that w 99 percent of most guys in Dallas but Kelley has NEVER shyed away from a big match.

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    7. It is obvious that whatever he does will be criticized, vilified and scrutinized to the nth degree but agree w 1:21 post that he does not avoid big matches.

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  24. Third straight combo sectional for Carlton Sisk. Congrats to Garland boys.

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    1. Who won 7.5 combo? Alzuro?

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    2. Muniz team won

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  25. Will there be a wildcard for 8.5 combo?

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    1. Depends on who finished second

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    2. Team with Brandon Myers finished second so probably so

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    3. Myers is a solid player. Nobody in combo should beat him. How did they finish second when leading 2-0 after day one Kelley a no show?

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  26. Oh, now I got ya. I would say you would be correct in that. Seems like Brookhaven would get tired of losing to teams w Kelley on them year after year and try and get him eliminated from the league. Oops, they did try and failed. Still don't see why they should get favoritism for a wildcard?

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  27. I was pulling for Head, they were my favorite.

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  28. Unless Somemorebutt was there I was hoping for Head. Very tight though and was there for anyone to grab.

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  29. Sectionals flights are out for 40s. 4.5s have only two flights and Dallas is in with Austin, Waco, Abilene and San Antonio. 4.0s have four flights and Dallas is in with NOHO, NETX and Valley. 3.5s have two flights and Dallas is in with SETX, San Angelo, Fort Worth and NOHO.

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    1. Austin and San Antonio is tough. This year, I would rather have Houston. I like Rossouw's chances of winning this and making it to Nationals.

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  30. My biggest disappointment was the DTA scratching the Muniz versus Oh 7.5 match. How can you go 0-9 and still have a chance to not finish last?

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    1. We pay to play tennis. Why did they scratch it. It is more fun to actually play.

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    2. Did they also scratch the final Sisk/Head match? If Head sweeps, he would have edged Sisk out. The scores aren't posted.

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    3. I think they played that but just haven't posted it yet

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    4. They played and Sisk won 3-0

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  31. Oh loses that match 0-3 if played and goes a perfect 0-12...
    The DTA robbed him of his perfect weekend

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    1. That winless run by Oh is terribly cheapened by this injustice.

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  32. What about a mixed preview?

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    1. Maybe a 40s preview but no one cares about mixed

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    2. I could beat Kelley in mixed if I could choose my own 3.5. Simply hit to his partner every time. You people act as if this guy is a great mixed player. As a matter of fact my doubles partner was within a point of taking a matchbw him to a tiebreaker and would have won bec his 3.5 was better than kelleys

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  33. Some of us do care. I think Spring Tank wins with their ace in the hole.

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    1. Then do your own update

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    2. Kelley plays and Alan team up 1-0 from the get go. Does he play is the question. I would imagine he would give Brookhaven a break and not try and knock them out of mixed yet again. If I am them I pay him to not play.

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  34. By looking at SP 3.5's I think sp in trouble. Kelley not playing w his normal partner bec of national rule break up. I don't see sp beating Brookhaven Bartlett. Scratch that, Kelly wins easily and then they just need one more

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