Fall Mid-Season Contenders
Not a lot has been resolved in 4.5 to this point in the season. It still looks like some of the biggest matches will be at the end. The key for now is to not stumble before the big one so you maintain a little breathing room for playoff qualifications.
Flight A – Greenhill Red/Rossouw and Lakes/Way have distanced themselves from the crowd and are just waiting for their season end match up.
Flight B – Three horse race with Greenhill Blue/Rossouw, Brookhaven/Harllee and Oak Creek/Loose-Herget in the running. It will be Greenhill and Brookhaven in the playoffs with the seeding determined when they play the last week of the season.Flight C – This flight has been a bit of a mystery. Village/Warren starts out 1-2, then beats previously undefeated JCC/Reiman. If Greenhill/Tucker can get past Huffines and Collin College they can squeeze Village out of the playoffs. JCC will rebound and still win this flight.
It looks like the 4.0 flights took an opportunity to bunch up a little closer before we start the second half of the fall with a couple of previously undefeated teams falling. Should make for some interesting finishing runs.
Flight A – One loss Brookhaven/Tarangioli got a close win over previously undefeated Canyon Creek/McHugh leaving the two of them and McKinney/Parish all with one loss. I still like Canyon Creek and Brookhaven to advance.
Flight B – Probably the best flight with Garland/Sisk, Brookhaven/Bartlett and Fretz/Noel all still undefeated. This flight had the MOW but the Garland v Fretz scores haven’t posted yet. All three have good top 8 lineups but I’d say Fretz lacks quality depth so I’m going with the other two to advance.Flight C – Huffines remains undefeated with McKinney and Stonebriar still in hot pursuit. Huffines has already beaten McKinney so they have a little cushion to work with. I like Huffines and McKinney to advance.
Flight D – Previously undefeated Fretz/Jayaram lost. Huffines/McIntosh remains undefeated. There are two other one loss teams but I still like these two to advance.
Congrats to the 9.0 and 7.0 teams out of Dallas that won sectionals last weekend. This has been a good year for Dallas mixed with 9.0 and 7.0 teams having won 18s and 40s. We may have come up a little short in 8.0 this year but I have a feeling we might be a little better next year. Goswami/Brookhaven had a tight 2-1 win over Houston in the finals, with Christian/Ware taking a third set tie breaker for the deciding win. McKinney/Muniz took the 7.0 level with the team of Salinas/Botero also taking a third set tie breaker for the 2-1 win. Good luck to both at nationals.