It is finally time for annual heat stroke inducing Dallas City Playoffs. With all of the comments preoccupied with Mixed, I decided it is time to take a break and get to an important event. Since I am short on time, let me get started.
5.0-- We have the division I am most optimistic about advancing to Nationals and winning. This is one of those play-in tournament events.
2 v 3 Match--We have Cooper Fitness/Vahdat-Noel versus the 5.0 ever present Perkison (formerly Village and now Springpark). This looks to be a tight match. Cooper has current Louisville player Parker Wynn and a lot of players I don't know. I am guessing they are really good. Cooper won the head to head 2-1 in the first week Perkison has Loren Collins and longtime 5.0s with other players I don't know. I will take Cooper in a 2-1 but I expect a dog fight.
In the Winner to Sectionals match, it will be the Cooper/Springpark winner versus Lakes/Jannasch. The Lakes have a tremendous team. They only dropped one line all year. Lakes has a lot of options and the beat Cooper 3-0 without dropping a set. They beat Springpark 3-0 but former Baylor player Zoltan Papp did take 3 sets to beat Kyle Davidson.
In the end, I take the Lakes to win this and go on to win sectionals. These are three really great teams. I don't see a wildcard in their future but any of these teams would represent Dallas well.
4.5-- Greenhill/Rossouw-- We start withe the ever present City Playoff participant and QT winner Greenhill/Rossouw. Normally, I don't think too hghly of QT winners but this team is pretty good and like all Rossouw teams... very deep. This is a deep, experienced and talented team. He has several marginal 4.5 playoff players but he does have some top in 4.5s as well. Marc's top players are very formidable. I think this QT champ is in the mix.
Brookhaven/Bartlett--This is a name I don't generally associate with 4.5 City Playoffs but it is another large deep roster. I don't think they have the top end players of some of the other rosters. They will do well but I think they are probably safe from the August Sectionals heat.
Brookhaven/Harlee-- This is a name I do typically associate with 4.5 City Playoffs. Like the other BH team, it has really good players but he appears to be lacking those next level ringers that could be playing in 5.0 and competing. They will be in the mix but I am not sold.
JCC/Reiman-- This is another frequent attendee at this event. Thye have top talent like Clint Sumrow and they will be a tough out. I expect them to have a good chance to win this event.
Sprinkpark/Aguilar-- These are the new kids on the block and the surprising number 1 seed. They are clearly a very good team. I am curious to see how they stand up in the post season.
In the end, I will take JCC and Springpark with JCC wnning a close 3-2. Springpark will be hoping for a wildcard but 4.5 is so iffy about wildcards.
I will be back tomorrow to ponder 4.0!