Monday, August 17, 2015
Damn it feels good to be a Gangster...
Sectionals 2015 is in the books. Dallas made the Final Four or better in 5.0, 4.5 4.0, 3.5 and 3.0. From everything I saw, this should be a very strong year for Texas come Nationals.
Straight Outta High Point
4.0 High Point/Le is your lone Dallas Champs from this weekend as they defeated a strong Fort Worth Team that previously took the mighty Houston Team behind the woodshed. At line 1 Singles, former Lifetime teaching pro, Victor Tran had a routine 6-3, 6-2 win. Line 2 singles had Jorge Aguilar walking off but he was up 6-3, 5-0; I have to think if they needed that line he would get it. Shawn Arcaria and Tim Newman win in 3 after losing a set. 6-3, 4-6, 1-0. This was a big match. At line 2 dubs, Tony Le and Ryan De La Paz came back from a set down and won 1-6, 6-2, 1-0. After the first set, it appeared that this line would go south but Ryan and Tony fought hard for the win.
They probably wanted to beat Freeman, I am sure this is satisfactory. This team came with a lot of hype and they managed to overcome some early season issues and make it through. Rigney was his usual great sport himself so maybe this is better than beating Freeman. While it may not come with the same prestige as beating mighty Houston, shutting up that mighty mouth and attitude has to give a great amount of satisfaction.
It is time to put our petty differences aside and get behind this team. Lets hope they bring home a championship. The last 4.0 Texas team to win one was Bill Sanders from Waco several years back. That is too long.
4.5 Houston/Freeman wins 4.5 and what would a sectionals weekend be like without Freeman winning a sectionals title. They defeated the much celebrated ad ballyhoeod SETX team. From Dallas, Reiman gave SETX everything they wanted in the semis and dropped a close 3-2. They had a retire so hope Feldman and Cambron are both fine. Just like 4.0, lets get behind this Texas team. The last Texas team to win at 4.5 was San Antonio. I suspect this team is really good as like most, I thought SETX had this one in the bag.
5.0 San Antonio wins and Dallas is the runnerup. Loren Collins was his usual dominant self. Jooste and Jiminez lost a third set breaker. This team is tremendous so I know San Antonio is too. I am fully behind them as well. I hope to have a Texas sweep of all levels.
Texas 2015 Nationals Representatives
From everything I saw, Texas looks stronger than I have ever seen it. Every level looks poised to make some noise.
5.0 San Antonio/Godwin
I have looked through these rosters and made some educated guesses. I have to say this is the strongest Texas group I have ever seen. I know we won't win them all but there is not a single team that is "just happy to be there."
Best of luck to all of you. I am taking a break from the blog for a few weeks but will see you again.