Since 4.5 still has a little left before they finish the regular season, here are the final results from 4.0 flight play. Bold flight winners head straight to cities. Italicized second place teams and third place teams head to QT, with McKinney and SpringPark just missing the playoffs. I’m not a fan of the two flight format for city playoffs. It will produce the best team but will not always produce the second best team. Since Dallas often gets a wild card, this seems a little unfair. Of course the Dallas wild card doesn’t typically do a lot at sectionals so maybe it doesn’t matter.
City playoffs - High Point/Le will be the #1 seed at cities and should have Brookhaven/Bartlett and one of the QT winners in its flight. Bartlett gets the High Point flight based on the sets lost tie breaker. Since I think High Point wins it all, they’ll need to be picked to win their flight first.
The other flight should be Oasis/Moehler, GTC/Sisk and the other QT winner. Here’s a real mystery. I don’t think I know anyone on the Oasis roster but there’s no denying they are undefeated. Everyone knows GTC/Sisk but it’s been a while since he’s been a factor. This will come down to who is available as neither team seems to sport a lot of depth.
QT playoffs – Again, a two flight format with both flight winners headed to city playoffs. Greenhill/Ohl should be the #1 seed but I’m not sure that’s a good thing. They should have Oak Creek/Head and Fretz/Noel in their flight. Ohl was the preseason favorite to come out of QT but he lost his best singles player to a Fort Worth team. If Corey can get his singles stud out for the playoffs, I’ll take him in the upset. Otherwise it should remain Ohl.
The other flight should be Oak Creek/Ramasami, Oak Creek/Lai and Greenhill/Wendelken, guaranteeing that a new player will be at 4.0 cities this year. I don’t see Greenhill being a factor here so I’ll take Oak Creek. Your guess on which one is as good as mine.
Flight A – Oasis/Moehler 9-0 (35-10)
Oak Creek/Lai 8-1 (29-16)
Fretz/Noel 7-2 (31-14)
Flight B – High Point/Le 9-0 (40-5)
Greenhill/Ohl 8-1 (34-11)
SpringPark/Walters 5-4 (26-19)
Flight C – Brookhaven/Bartlett 8-1 (32-13) (31)
Oak Creek/Ramasami 8-1 (28-17)
McKinney/Bazan 6-3 (27-18)
Flight D – GTC/Sisk 8-1 (32-13) (30)
Oak Creek/Head 7-2 (32-13)
Greenhill/Wendelken 6-3 (31-14)