I’m now sorry I wasn’t able to make any of the tri-level matches this weekend. I heard there was some pretty good tennis. But a quick check of tennislink told me there was a lot more going on over the weekend than predicted. Evidently there were some surprises left after all. The final results weren’t particularly interesting considering the top two teams finished as I expected; it’s how they got there that got my attention.
On Friday, Team Tony sweeps Team Bearden and Team Corey/Vince sweeps Team Myers. Ok, no surprises there. Saturday morning Team Corey/Vince sweeps Team Kanchi and Team Tony sweeps Team Myers. So now it should be down to the only undefeated teams who play Sunday morning. So what happens? Team Tony wins the 3.5 line, Le/Tran lose to Arcaria/Sullivan in straight sets, and Noel/Barrie beat Chavez/Nguyen in three sets. I did hear Corey played a third set tie breaker to remember. And just like that it’s over. Team Le has no more matches left and Team Corey/Vince only have to beat Team Bearden to advance. At this point Team Bearden was swept by Team Tony and Team Myers, only beating a winless Team Kanchi 2-1. So they are a collective 2-7 going into the last match.
Team Corey/Vince wins the first set on all three lines and then loses the 3.5 and 4.5 lines in third set tie breakers. Team Tony advances on the lines won tie breaker. I don’t know who set the final lineup for that last match but rumor has it that Pete Carroll was consulted. I wasn’t there so I don’t know who was available but I’m told better players were present and watching the matches. This is part of the excitement about tri-level. With only three lines playing, one little slip up and the match has turned the other way.
Houston plays its tri-level cities this weekend. Looks like they will lead with their 4.5 line. Even though they lost, I still have to think Tony’s team leads with its 4.0 line. And with all respect to Kelly, Fort Worth leads with their 3.5 line.
In a quick sectionals preview: in a Dallas v Houston match I’d give the 4.5 line to Houston, the 4.0 line to Dallas and I make the 3.5 line the swing vote; in a Dallas v FW match I’d give the 4.5 line to FW, the 4.0 line to Dallas, and the 3.5 line to FW; in a Houston v FW match I’d make the 4.5 line a push, but give the 4.0 line and the 3.5 line to FW. Of course the Houston and FW rosters aren’t finalized yet so one last addition could make a difference. This assumes all teams play their best lineups for these matches and FW adds one more 4.5.