Playoffs are here (QT is as someone on the last thread is a participation ribbon). Those who have performed have earned the privilege of playing the playoffs. This is where there is pressure. I now a number of facilities are not sure the playoffs exist. Yet, the real season starts when something matters. This week it all matters and you get the privilege of pressure.
And they are out. 4.5 and 4.0 men both kick off the competition with 6:00pm Friday matches at Brookhaven and Canyon Creek, respectively. On Saturday they flip and the 4.5s go to CC at 8:00am and noon while the 4.0s move to BH at 8:00am and noon. Makes it hard to watch all the good matches. All the driving is usually a pain but when they are all playing at the same time you just have to make choices. At least no one has to go to the wasteland of LB Houston. So, if you aren’t playing and want to see the best matches (like me), what will it be?
4.5 looks like this: Greenhill and SpringPark to sectionals... or JCC
Friday at 6:00pm at Brookhaven: (1) Greenhill/Rossouw versus SpringPark/Aguilar OR (2) JCC/Reiman versus Brookhaven/Harllee. There aren’t many years when a JCC – Brookhaven match wouldn’t get top billing but the Greenhill – SpringPark match could be the finals. The established lion versus the young interlopers. Or something like that. I really think Greenhill has to win this. If a first year team led by a 4.0 bump up takes them out its gonna really sting. Gotta go with JCC after their earlier 4-1 win over Brookhaven in flight play, even though JCC won two third set tie breakers in that one.
Saturday at 8:00am at Canyon Creek: (1) Greenhill versus Brookhaven OR (2) SpringPark versus JCC. I’ll take Greenhill but I’d go watch the second match. Whether SpringPark wins or loses the first match, both teams will be staring down possible elimination from sectionals and this one could be tense.
Saturday at noon at Canyon Creek: (1) Greenhill versus JCC OR (2) SpringPark versus Brookhaven. These will still be very interesting matches no matter the standings. I’d expect it's still three teams fighting for two likely sectionals spots so every line still matters. I’ll take Greenhill and Springpark here but no easy matches will be had all weekend.
4.0 looks like this: McKinney and High Point to sectionals.
Friday at 6:00pm at Canyon Creek: (1) High Point/Somabut versus Huffhines/Jayaram OR (2) Garland/Sisk versus Huffines/Ratcliffe – gonna take High Point and Garland in these two matches. Huffhines/Jayaram has made a nice undefeated run but I gotta think Somabut is taking this seriously this year and won’t fall prey to his Achilles heal of playing the wrong guys when he shouldn’t. I just don’t see the high end talent on Huffhines/Ratcliffe.
Saturday at 8:00am at Brookhaven: (1) Huffhines/Ratcliffe versus McKinney/Kanchi OR (2) High Point/Somabut versus Garland/Sisk. As the QT winner and therefore fifth seed, McKinney has to go four matches in two days so how far can you ride the same singles guys? This match should be a little bit of a breather for them though. Garland has some talent but I still think High Point advances.
Saturday at noon at Brookhaven: (1) High Point versus McKinney (this is likely the finals) OR (2) Garland versus Huffhines/Jayaram. The second match will be a question of who empties the bench first. Huffines is likely 0-1 so I’d hope they are still giving it their best lineup. Garland likely has a loss too. We’ll see. The marquee matchup is High Point and McKinney. I picked McKinney at the beginning of the season and I’m staying with them.
Sunday at 8:00am at Brookhaven: (1) Huffhines/Jayaram versus McKinney OR (2) Huffhines/Ratcliffe versus High Point. McKinney and High Point are both still in the running for city champion and the mythical runner up bid to sectionals so both keep winning.
Sunday at noon at Brookhaven: (1) Garland versus McKinney OR (2) Huffhines versus Huffhines. Sisk is a nice guy and I’d imagine he pulls names out of a hat for this match to get some guys a playoff match. I’ve got to go with Huffhines in the last match.