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.