I don't cover 6.0 mixed but I like this pair's chances.
Nothing seems to get more comments from our loyal readers than a post about mixed. I find it discouraging and fascinating at the same time. One more reason I don’t play mixed. I try to stay away from it on this blog but like so many things in life – particularly college life – I know it’s bad for me but every so often I just can’t help coming back to it. This weekend is 18s mixed in glamorous Tyler. I actually like Tyler, at least it’s not Beaumont. I’d hate to have to play with a surgical mask on. And why do they send the old people to Beaumont? That air combined with a little physical exertion and someone could keel over. Anyway, Dallas is sending some strong contingencies to Tyler this weekend. I expect Houston to challenge at every level but as is often the case, I like our chances. Assuming everyone can attend I expect us to come back with some hardware. And by hardware I mean more towels.
For starters, don’t count out the 9.0 team from Dallas this year. A core group of this roster went to 18s 9.0 mixed in 2014 and also won 40s 9.0 mixed the same year. Houston and its mini-me SETX have also had a lot of success at this level. Dallas is in a flight with Fort Worth (which has several Dallas players on it), NETX and Lubbock. I like Dallas’ chances to advance to the finals. The other flight has Houston, Austin, SETX and Valley. Gonna go with Houston here. Still like Dallas to advance to Nationals but this one could go either way.
At 8.0, with a Rossouw sized roster, comes the High Point team that went 28-2 for the season. I mean seriously, 23 people on a mixed roster? You only play three lines a match. At some point “I just want to be on the best team” has got to get a little old when you don’t actually play. I want to be on the best team too but I want to be on it because I’m actually in the playoff rotation. Ooops, that may answer the question of why I don’t actually get on the best teams. (Pause for a moment of self reflection)
Dallas 8.0 is in a flight with NETX, San Angelo and Valley, all of which looks pretty manageable. I tend to worry a little about small market teams that didn’t play many matches. They’re usually pretty bad, but jump up every so often and are really good and you don’t see it coming. I like Dallas to advance to the semis – let’s go ahead and get it over with – and to advance to Nationals.
And a nod to Dallas 7.0 which is sending two teams. Don’t know a lot of these people but I’ve been led to believe that Houston is the favorite at this level. Interestingly, if both Dallas teams win their flight it looks like they could square off in the semis before one of them would meet Houston in the finals. It will depend on which flight the lucky loser comes out of.
And in the 'who knew' category, they actually have a 6.0 level playing with three teams. There are none from Dallas but - wow - so many 2.5 ratings. Is that really a thing?
Good luck to all.