Monday, November 9, 2015

The Thrill of Victory, Then the Agony of Defeat


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.

44 comments:

  1. Sisk in Name Only team will be the team to beat.

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  2. So who made the Queensley line up Sunday afternoon?????? That may be the worst, boneheaded captaining decision in the city of Dallas. The only other captain extravaganzas that come to mind is Tiny Le trying to play a different lady than he introduced her as, getting 3 people dq'd, trying to bring a 5.0 back as a 3.5 (AGAIN), faking scores at 2013 Trilevel, tanking in the fall and alienating true friends. At least what team Corey did was ignorance, what Tiny and his cast of clowns has done is cheating.

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    1. Same person that recruited the majority of our players made all of our lineups. Our 3.5 line was supposed to be our lock and went 0-2 on Sunday, including being up 6-1, 5-2 serving in the last match. We've all had matches like that but that was tough to swallow. Don't think I've ever had a day with such a high and a low. But I've got a lot of experience finishing second so we will move on from here. Really enjoyed my match with Bob against Jean and Chavez. Great guys and great players. Those are the kind of matches I'm in these leagues for and that is what I will remember from the weekend.

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    2. If you wanted a lock he should have played your other two 3.5s. They are both much better. One of those guys that played was 2-2 in 3.5 flight play. How did he even make the team?

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    3. Our best 3.5 was only available Friday night. I do not know why Michael didn't play the second match. I will say Jeff has been to 3.5 nationals on multiple teams so perhaps he had a bad day.

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    4. Alienating true friends, did Arcaria write that? Arcaria has to realize that 1. he's not Asian, and at the end of the day Asians look upon Asians, regardless of all else, and 2. Karma is a bitch. Arcaria has alienated people in the past when he captained, yet when it happens to him he gets pissy. Such is life when you cheat the man in the glass.

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    5. What guy went 2-2 in flight play?
      Jeff and Pushkar were a good 3.5 team on paper....and both had played some 3.5 and 4.0 league matches this year. Maybe Jeff was tired from earlier match that day.
      Funny, we are talking about 3.5 tennis. Hey Corey, going to nationals many years ago doesn't mean anything if you can't close in 2015.
      What about the guys who won, corey, you should sign them up.

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    6. 2:52 I did not make that comment, nor will I make a comment about it. Can you be any more obvious who you are though?

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    7. 9:20, absolutely right the Pushkar guy did play some 4.0. He played three matches and won seven games. He's now 2-2 in fall 3.5.

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    8. Sounds like Vince brought a ringer. After all, he beat Vince.

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    9. Wouldn't call someone beating Vince a ringer.

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    10. To 9:20, many years ago as in at least twice in the last three years? I got exactly what I wanted out of tri-level, really fun match against really strong, nice opponents. Would have been nice to win but not going to cry about it.

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  3. True, but we are going to trilevel while Queensley and his cast of chokers are staying home.

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  4. Murray, well done. Dallas will have the best 4.0 line and FW will have the best 3.5 line. 4.5 line will be a toss up between Houston and Dallas. In my opinion it all depends if a motivated Kelly shows up. However, if Sisk doesn't strengthen his 4.5 line not sure even Kelly could carry either player. Pollard solid but not an elite 4.5 and Brent will be in way over his head. Also beware of a wildcard for Dallas. If they get a wildcard look out for Kingsley group. They will be dangerous when backed into a corner and can bite. Just looked at how they "snatched defeat from the JAWS of victory".

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    1. Why would you think Dallas would be a toss up with Houston. FW has Kelly!!!

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    2. When I look at Houston, I think their 4.0s look very suspect.

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    3. So do their 3.5s. Sisk will sweep Houston!!!

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    4. Bec Kelly has no help. Best 4.5 around but playing Houston with either of the other two guys would even be tough for him.

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  5. Kelly and Pollard will still beat anyone else.

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    1. Luck goes to the good.

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  7. Mad props to corey and partner for beating jean and chavez thats a good win

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  8. Corey was spectating.....want a lock? He plays! Worried about eligibility for one?? Now none are eligible.

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    1. Corey solid be he is no lock. Just terrible captaining.

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    2. Vince built the team. Vince recruited the players. Vince decided the lineup for the last match. Without Vince I wouldn't have had enough players for the team. I'm not gonna take credit for the team's wins or our losses. Was really happy with the team Vince put together.

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  9. Rumor going around Lifetime Fitness today Kelley may not be able to play nationals for FW . A team from middle eastern states has asked USTA for him to be banned from FW since he was banned from Dallas and should be a national suspension. PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE! We all can rejoice in the streets. His FW team aint gonna win anyway so dont matter!!! This is so great!!

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  10. Don't know about the FW suspension but not sure I buy FW has no shot. With Kelley playing you are in every match. Not a coincedence that without him his Dallas team didn't get past cities. at the same time his fort worth team went to sectionals where he didnt drop a set all year. his 40 and over fw team going to nationals and before his suspension his dallas team was headed for both 40 and 18 nationals. I dont like him butt saying they have no shot is crazy. he will not drop a match at nationals and will do his part like he does every sectionals and nationals. starting 1-0 is a great advantage, whether it helps or not will remain to be seen. GO LE!

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  11. It's true, kelley meeting w fwta tonight. God i hope he gets canned!!!!

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  12. Can we all just stop. Every team that goes to nationals had ringers and springparknwould have won if Alan, Gene, or Mike would not have been suspended. Not just Mike. They would have one if Kyle did not get stuck in traffic.

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  13. this is now getting personal on getting Kelly out of tennis, how pathetic is that, DTA was petty suspending him for crap many others including National Title Boy Le do every Fall.
    If he gets a national suspension, it just makes USTA look even more like a joke.

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    1. Le can out cheat Kelly any day.

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    1. What makes you so sure these are not women bitching about Kelly?

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    3. thanks for the comic relief, Tennis girl. This board needs more humor.

      But, in the case your post was actually serious, perhaps dropping out of high school was not a good idea, after all..

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    4. You were so proud of your post and its amazing insights that you removed it?

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  15. Nice analogy, a country that prides itself on being the best, yet you are touting the people that have to cheat to win and calling the rest sore losers. Shut the hell up and just show us your boobs.

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  16. 713....corey isn't a lock?? Just beat Nguyen and Chavez and couldn't get past Robinson and Carlquist?? Okay. Lol. Anything can happen at the lower lines. They could have sealed a win at 4.5!!

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    1. Beating Carlquist and Robinson is simple. Just hit the ball to their backhands and they will fold.

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    2. It's not even that difficult. Those guys suck. And they're old and out of shape.

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  17. someone please fill us in on what tennis girl posted then deleted, i missed it. Thanks

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    1. I am paraphrasing but it was something along the lines of "why do we bother complaining about minor tennis things when there is terrorism, wars, hunger happening"

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  18. Carlquist and Robinson are good players! They're not as strong as Corey, that's why I said he could seal the win at 4.5.

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