Many fall but only one marches on
As is always the case, only one team can advance to Nationals from the Texas section. No back doors, no wild cards, no second chances (well, unless you took SpringPark's mixed invitation). So what did we learn? I'd say we learned that a 9.0 line can beat any 7.5 line pretty badly but I hope we already knew that. Some of us learned that Kelly, while good, really is mortal. Some of us already knew that. We also learned that even though Faris wasn't on Tony's 18s team he could have been. Evidently not a lot of people really knew that.
Sisk punched his second ticket captaining a team to nationals. Once can be a fluke or a gift, it takes at least one more trip to back it up. It was decade in the making but so be it, a big accomplishment nonetheless. While this isn't an official USTA nationals event there is still a pretty good argument that it is the marquee event. But even with this being an all-star event, we also learned that when you pull a bunch of all-stars together you can end up with a lot of guys that may not be team players. Just because I'm the best player I know doesn't mean I'm actually the best player. Lets hope no one on the Fort Worth squad gets voted off the island before its all said and done.
This team has a real shot at winning it all at Indian Wells. They will start every match up 1-0 with the 3.5 line. I see no way they get beat. The year Pickett won it all he started every match up 1-0 with Mike Kelly and Jason Moore. Right now it looks like Faris and Mark Nguyen are the second line. If the 4.5s are my weakest line I like my chances. Sisk's challenge will be keeping everyone relatively happy until it's done and getting people who haven't had that much playing time together out for plenty of practice. This team has the potential for a fair amount of disfunction but if they can keep it together they might just win it all.