Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Let the Combo-ing Begin. Or Re-Begin. Or Whatever.


 

This is the kind of commitment I like to see.


First, kudos to the DTA for rescheduling this event and not cancelling it.  You can tell from the number of teams that this got a lot of interest this year.  I know the calendar is pretty full already but this is the right result and it reflects a level of commitment that is appreciated.


Men’s 8.5 combo has two flight consisting of: Blue flight with Team Entrekin, Team Kingsley, Team Bearden, Team Mills and Team McHugh; Red flight with Team Sisk, Team Myers, Team Iyer, Team Kanchi and Team Arcaria. 


For the Blue flight, I think this is Kingsley’s to lose.  While that is entirely possible given past lineup challenges in various events, and while I am dubious about some of his 4.0s, I still think he takes the lighter Blue flight.  The real interest here will be who he plays when.  Several teams in this flight have pieces but look to lack the depth to really challenge at all three lines.


For the Red flight, I think it is Sisk’s to lose.  Unburdened by the temptation to play himself, Sisk will instead have to negotiate who plays with whom, while he’s also negotiating his way past Team Vatum, er Kanchi.  No hard feelings here, but I’m still surprised Vatum was allowed to come in at 4.5 after he got caught failing to remember he went to junior nationals.  Is Kalamazoo that non-descript?  Can't say as I’ve never been.  I’m also surprised Kanchi is letting Vatum back in the fold after failing to disclose to his captain that he should have come in at 5.5, not 3.5.  I mean, surely no one knew.  Right?


I'm not going to get into the 7.5 event but those are some of the worst 7.5 teams I've ever seen, and I'm not just talking about the team that has all 3.5s and 3.0s.

 Last Weekend’s Playoff Recap – The NOHO week in review

4.0 18+ Nationals – NOHO went undefeated in their flight posting a very strong 13-2 record.  Unfortunately they fell 3-2 to the NorCal team that won it all.  Spearman claimed all along that the 18s sectionals event was all about practicing for 40s and 55s.  Who expected the 40s and 55s teams to fall short while the 18s team played on Sunday at Nationals.  I’ve said it before but I’ll say it one more time, THIS WAS THE YEAR TO TAKE ADAVANTAGE OF A WEAK TEXAS 4.0 FIELD.  And you’d have gotten an extremely favorable flight draw at Nationals.  They’d never give Freeman that soft a flight at Nats.


9.0 55+ Sectionals – As predicted and a surprise to no one who was paying attention, Dallas obliterated the opposition going a perfect 9-0 at sectionals.  They lost one set in the process.  It was their first match so I can only assume they were still waking up.  Sorry but NOHO didn’t have a team.


8.0 55+ Sectionals – NOHO went undefeated in Flight 1 while Dallas struggled to a 2-2 finish losing to NOHO and Austin in two tight matches.  In the final it was Fort Worth, with actual Fort Worth guys, defeating NOHO 2-1.  Congrats to our little brothers to the west on their impending trip to Nationals.

 

76 comments:

  1. Sisk has owned combo. His luck comes to an end finally.

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    1. Yep, Raja is going to teach Sisk a lesson in captaining.

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  2. I still have to put my money on Davidson and Kelly. But, who ever wins, will deserve it. It is perfect weather. Let's see what happens.

    And Raj hasn't had ANY good captains choices so far.

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  3. Sisk 4.0's will be his downfall

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    1. Sisk's 4.0's are better than his 4.5's

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  4. Yes Davidson and Kelly are best players in combo. Problem is they are both flaky and Kelly will miss both Friday matches. I think Raja will captain the pants off Sisk

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    1. Oh yeah, Raj is the Bobby Fisher of USTA Dallas.

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  5. Omg gosh I hope not!!!!!

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  6. If combo is a fall event then Raja is your guy

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  7. If Raj and Sisk's brains were turned to lard, it wouldn't grease a very big pan.

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    1. If you took their lard, it would grease a lot of really big pans.

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    2. How does Tony Le get a wildcard?
      MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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    3. That okay. Tony choke agin.

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    4. Anywon gess who posteded the 3:18 abuv? Knot hard to figeer owt. He seams to knot lyke Tonee

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  8. Does anyone know where men's combo will be played? DTA has 5 different sites listed on their website.

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    1. Reverchon Park - Dallas, Texas

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  9. Brokehaven, Canyon Crook, Puffhines

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  10. The first few rounds are at Samuell Grand and the Finals at Kiest.

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    1. Are those the rounds for their gats?

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  12. http://tinyurl.com/h3jzaj5 -- All round robin matches at Canyon Creek and Finals at BH..

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  13. Raja is going down tonight faster than a $2 hooker for a Benjamin.

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  14. We will beat Sisk, at least if Pearson plays. I think we will win 2/1 and grab that Benjamin

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    1. Vutam can slap Kelly or Davidson around like the $2 hooker's pimp.

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    2. Looks like Vutam didn't even show up to the playa's ball. Kanchi is rapidly catching Rossouw in the near miss category.

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  15. I should hope so, Kelley only has 26 years on Vutam. That being said, a lot of people have thought they could do the same and failed miserably. The hate will keep coming Kelleys way but I will never count him out. I don't care if he is sixty. He is pretty damned good regardless of being half a hundred years old. Question is does Raja play himself?

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  16. If course raja will play. He is the captain. Why wouldn't he???

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    1. He will play because he is the captain. Why wouldn't he? I bet there are players on his own roster that could answer that better than me.

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  17. Match tied 1-1. Kelley won, Hyunh lost a close won. Other line in tiebreak

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  18. Rajiv K seems allergic to third set tiebreakers in big matches.

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  19. Why the hate on this blog for Raja K?

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    1. Comment said Rajiv K not Raja. He also lost a big match at sectionals.

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  20. He didn't make it to the third set. He lost in 2. No hate. Just facts.

    The deciding match was fun to watch 7-6, 6-7, 10-8. All 4 players played well. It was a serving clinic by everyone! Team Sisk just came up with a few more shots at crunch time. It was a great match. No bad calls, great sportsman ship. It's obvious Kelly didn't play in that match.

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  21. How did matches go this morning?

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  22. No updates on Tennislink. Not sure what takes so long but I am assuming Raja team prob mailed it in after list last note and Arcaria team will be lucky to get a set from Sisk

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  23. Sisk was playing the early match and Teterude was kicking ass and taking names.!

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  24. Does anyone know where and what time the finals will be played?

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  25. Sisks team cruises to the finals. They can go 0-3 tomorrow and still win the flight.

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  26. How in the heck can they go 0 and 3 and still win the flight??? That is ridiculous

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    1. Because we f'n rock dallas's lame ass.

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    2. Screw you 9:10! Cheating bastards! Kelley and Davidson playing as 4.5's is a freaking joke. Alan A as a 4.0 a joke and even Sam Hyunh tanked to a 4.0 two years ago. Put ur name down biatch!

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  27. I don't understand how so many solid 4.5's could play on same team. Sisk could put a 4.5 team together just with his combo team that would easily win Dallas. Amazing how Sisk talks these guys into playing combo but not men's

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  28. Sisk luck Vutam didn't play.

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  29. Sisk didn't have Vincent vs kanchi

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    1. Vutam beats anybody on Sisk' roster. I'd laugh as he managed Kelly.

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    2. Kelley is a jerk and his own teammates prob don't like him! Vutam would treat him like a rental car! If vutam would have played w raja he would have made idiot Kelley look like a beginner. That sissy lobbing and drop shotting crap would have made Kelley eat the ball. Kelley would have been crying!

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    3. so why didn't baby superstar play this weekend and whip the old man's ass. Guess mommy did not let him out of the house, or was out trying to figure out best way to tank in 2017

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  30. Who won the other flight?

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  31. So why didn't he play?

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  32. Total bs lineup for Sisk 4.5. Davidson and kelley get 3-4 matches while some guys get only one or two. Total favoritism and combo should play everyone equally!!!

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  33. You know what happens to teams that play everyone equally? They don't get to go party in Austin.

    Kingsley gets the wildcard.

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  34. Equally?? Not everyone's game is equal, nor is their schedule!

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  35. Big deal! Party in Austin??? Big whip I would rather stay in dallas

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    1. And you will, with all the other LOSERS!!!!

      Except Vince's team. They are losers that get to go.

      Just in tennis. Not in life.

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    1. How does Sisk do it every year?????????

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  37. The USTA allowing Davidson to play as a 4.5 is a joke. If he had to self rate he could do so no lower than 5.5. Somehow a single loss, 2 years ago at 4.5 (with Alan) trumps 4 years of high level college success?

    In my view, Rajiv and Jay playing him close is the most impressive result of the weekend.

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    1. isn't 4.5 fun playing a Nationally Ranked DII player, it is quite the joke but Todd Reed, TTA, and USTA allow this bullshit to happen. Now shut up and pay your member fees.

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    2. The matches were close. It shows how crappy his partners must be.

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  38. He self rated in high school. It's just like all the other college players. They self rate before they sign their letter of intent to play.

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  39. All his matches were close against average players and he was playing w a solid 4.0. Davidson may not be a 4.6 but he is def not a 5.5. Same ol song, if u lose the other team is out of level. Heck, he even dropped a set in combo and was two points from losing. I would say things were pretty even all weekend. No one played without dropping a set.

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    1. Vutam at 4.5 is a bigger joke

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    2. Earlier this year he won an open singles tournament, beating 3 5.0s along the way. He's clearly closer to 5.5 than 4.5.

      Yes, he was 2 points from losing - which is a great effort by the other team. With his level he should not have dropped a set, even playing with Alan.

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    3. Good player but not closer to 5.5 than 4.5. Great playing by all this weekend! Congrats to Kingsley as well!

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  40. I thought Teterud was the bright spot of the weekend. He played great and went 3-1

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  41. Teterud is a legend in his own world. If you don't believe me he'll text you all about it.

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  42. Tet closer to 5.0 than 4.0

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  43. The complete blogs are really inconceivable and definitely everyone will share this information.

    j2tennis

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  44. Thanks Olivia A! Get the word out that TET is getting better and better. He is by far in the best shape of anyone playing in Dallas and it shows in his tennis.

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  45. Thanks for that TET. You must be pals with the likes of Kelly.

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