I don’t know many people who were at over 40 sectionals so I don’t have a lot of inside information on this one. It sounds like there were multiple good teams at most levels. The winners were Austin at 4.5+, Dallas at 4.0, San Antonio at 3.5 and Dallas at 3.0.
The 4.5+ level was the most interesting to me. At first glance seeing Austin, San Antonio and Houston all in the same flight I really liked Dallas’ chances. Dallas had San Angelo, Valley, NOHO and Fort Worth. Dallas did well, going 3-1 (13-7) on the weekend but were taken out by San Angelo in a tough 3-2 match. As expected Bruno rolled with a 6-0, 6-1 win (that guy is unbelievable). Looks like it came down to two third set tie breakers and Dallas lost both. In the final San Angelo kept their magic touch in three setters, winning both of them, but that was it. Austin took the other three lines in straight sets and Dekruyff did not disappoint. That guy is now 29-1 for the year, losing one three setter at 9.0 mixed (18s). I’d have paid to see he and Bruno square off but that didn’t happen. Everyone likes to complain about ringers at the lower levels but you've never run into anything like these two guys.
For the 4.0s it was a traditional Dallas versus Houston final, although the better Houston guys had snuck over to NOHO to play. NOHO squeezed by a tough FW team in their flight but otherwise sailed. Dallas went undefeated in flight play in a lighter flight. The finals were 3-2 Dallas.
Did San Antonio have something going on at 3.5 this year? SA and SA Wild played each other in the final and SA Wild won 3-2. That’s some pretty solid depth at one event for one town. The Dallas team went 1-2 but lost to SA and Austin who were both strong.
Who is surprised that Bender won 3.0? I don’t know much about him but he just seems to win a lot.
There were only three teams in the whole event but this team did go 19-1. That’s pretty good at any event.
I believe 55 and over is this weekend in Beaumont. Dallas is sending two teams so good luck to all.