Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Week Four

Play resumes this week after most of last week's schedule was rained out.

There's a big match in the 5.0 league this week as the Met takes on Lost Forest. Hernan Guevara and his crew had ruled the 5.0 league for years before being unseated last year. Lost Forest got a late start this year and pretty much defaulted the first week against the Met when they fielded a lineup including a 4.0 player at line one singles. This week, his roster is much stronger, with players like Robert Bickmore and former Longhorn Otis Sadler now dotting the roster. The Met has had little trouble in their first three matches, and a win this week will pretty much seal the deal for them.

In 4.5 there's a good matchup in Divsion III as the Yutts and Mob Squad square off to break a tie atop the standings. The Yutts lost singles stalwarts Tor Krosby and Rich Ryu from a team that went 3-6 last year. This year, Alain Tran has got them playing better doubles, and many people are predicting they will knock off the once-mighty Mob Squad this week. The Mob Squad has a plethora of singles options. Steve Phan, Ted Phoummarath and Aadrian Hasker have all shown the ability to win in the singles spots, but the doubles has been very spotty. The Yutts have a chance to sweep the doubles.

In Division II, West Side has been destroying the competition. This week they'll play playoff veterans Jedi Knights, who have been a bit weaker thus far this year. Still, with a win Thursday the Knights will keep their season alive. Last week West Side's number one doubles team of Peter Hansen and Milos Dimitrijevic had a huge win over John Kudrick and David Kent and Murray Fonseca continued to win at number one singles. The Black Sheep's doubles will definitely be tested against the Knights this week. Will Samuel Holmes be able to take a singles line for the Knights?

In 4.0 Division I the two 3-0 teams, Bear Creek and the Copperheads, will break their first place tie this week. Sidney O'Pry is undefeated at singles for the Copperheads and may face tournament veteran Juan Pacheco for Bear Creek. I look for the Copperheads to pull out a victory. In Division II, heavy favorites Chancellor's takes on a decent WSTC Phoenix team, who has some competent doubles players like Walt Murray who may give Chancellor's its first test.

In Division III, the Top Spinners already seem to have a stranglehold on the top spot. SAP and the Over Hitters both try to stay alive in the standings in their matchup this week. Similarly, Division IV is a runaway, with the Hurricanes still not having dropped a set on the season. They play a Rice team that appears to have seen better days.

36 comments:

  1. Don't underestimate Bear Creek. They are the clear favorites. Longer history of success with current roster.

    Copperfield Copperheads has had an easy schedule thus far. Sidney O'Pry has had particularly easy prey.

    IMHO Bear Creek 4-1, only loss in one of the doubles.

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  2. Best moment of 2007, Sidney O'Pry was challenged to a fight over a tennis match. Sidney is a former instructor and 7th Degree+ Black Belt in a few different martial arts. Sidney took the high road and is a class act. It's an honorable game, I wish more people would treat it the way Sidney does.

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  3. The Met has only played two matches, the third one got rained out. Plus, they have to stay with the same line-up against Old School since they did start the matches but didn't finish because of the rain.

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  4. Yea but that that Old School team couldn't beat Freemans 4.0 team.

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  5. Anyone have predictions for this weeks 4.5 matches?

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  6. Kingwood 4-1 over Westside

    Met 5-0 over Lakeside Estates

    Mob Squad 3-2 over Yuttes

    Westside 4-1 over Jedi Knights

    Who else is playing?

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  7. What do you mean when you say Bear Creek has a longer history of success with their current roster? What success are you referring to? I'm not being negative, just curious. I think they did well in the HTA 4.0 leagues in the Fall and Spring - is that the success you are referring to?

    If so, cool. Just want to see if I'm missing something.

    Go Bear Creek!

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  8. Old School will take the Met team out 3-0 when they resume play!

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  9. what were the matchups/scores when play was halted?

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  10. i doubt old school has any singles players that can take out garg or nanjappa. theyre roster has sombito and lopez who are good players, but i wouldnt either of them taking out these guys today. the doubles will be good matches, but met is still favored in my opinion especialyl with addition of sullivan as well

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  11. 4.5 playoff prediction:

    MPTC-Kingwood Crush
    MET-Houston Hurricanes

    WSTC-Black Sheep
    Copperfield-Lobsters

    MPTC-Yutts
    LLTC-Mob Squad

    Winner and Runner Up:
    MPTC-Kingwood Crush
    WSTC-Black Sheep

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  12. Mob squad had a lot of doubters for a team that made it to sectionals every year and came a couple of points from nationals a few years ago.

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  13. 4.0 playoff predictions:

    Copperfield
    Bear Creek
    Chancellors
    JCC
    Sienna Plantation
    SAP
    Hurricanes
    Rice

    Winner & Runner-Up:
    Hurricanes
    Chancellors or Rice

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  14. In 4.5s I like Kingwood (winner) and either Mob Squad/Westside/Met (runner-up)

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  15. 3.5 Playoff Predictions:
    Seinna Plantation (winner) and Racqueteers (runner-up)

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  16. THE MOB SQUAD are a bunch of has beens We will win four lines at least

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  17. I agree, the Yuttes will win 4 lines over the course of 2 matches :)

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  18. The Old School roster twice beat MET last year albeit they did not have Nanjappa but Lopez plays Garg and I think his chances are good.

    Sullivan and Januzzi lost to Deluca and Teague last year in strait sets.

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  19. Better call a line judge when Lopez plays...

    Or remind him before the match that any ball inside or on the line is considered IN, not out.

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  20. Better call a line judge when Lopez plays...

    Or remind him before the match that any ball inside or on the line is considered IN, not out.

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  21. What about the Rolido Boys?

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  22. Yutts will win tonight. They will sweep doubles.

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  23. Who are the Rolido Boys? Have they ever made the playoffs.

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  24. nice self-post lopez. youre so obvious

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  25. garg will take lopez--i think lopez's train has left the station so they say

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  26. Top Five in 4.5

    1. Kingwood
    2. Hurricanes
    3. Mob Squad
    4. Shwing
    5. Westside

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  27. Top Five in 4.0

    1 Hurricanes
    2 Hurricanes JV
    3 Chancellors
    4 Sienna
    5 Copperfield

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  28. I think the Rolido Boys would do well...

    In the 3.5s.

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  29. Sorry to get away from the mud slinging. I wanted to agree with one of the earlier post.

    Sidney O'Pry is a class act on the court and recognizes this is ONLY TENNIS.

    He may get mad at himself, but never abuses his racquet or show improper ettiquete to his opponent.

    Whoever plays him should have fun.

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  30. eliot lopez is a cheater?? what a big surprise...

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  31. whoever play him get a line judge.

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  32. fear the shovelMay 8, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    They do well in 4.0.

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  33. Fear the Shovel,

    The Rolido Boys tend to do well in the Fall and Spring when the top 4.0 teams move up and play 4.5/5.0 but the summer is typically a different story. Do you think they will make the 4.0 playoffs this year? If so, why?

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  34. Jedi Knights over Westside 3-2. Division will get even more interesting.

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  35. Tough call there based on results so far but Jedi Knights are always strong. Which 3 lines for Jedi in your prediction? Is it at MP?

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  36. Week 4 Predictions (4.0):
    Div. I:
    Copperheads over Bear Creek 3-2
    Lost Forest over MIB 4-1
    Qual Forest over Net Rushers 3-2

    Div. II:
    Chancellors over Westside 3-2
    JCC ver MPTC 5-0
    Comets over Village Knights 4-1
    WF over Pecan Grove 4-1

    Div. III:
    Sienna (TS) over MPTC 5-0
    SAP over Sienna (OH) 3-2
    Rolido Boys over Sugar Creek 3-2

    Div. IV:
    Met over Rice 4-1
    Smokers over Acers 4-1
    Royal Oaks over Westside 3-2

    Week 4 Predictions (4.5):
    Div. I:
    Met over Lakeside 5-0
    Kingwood over Westside 4-1

    Div. II:
    Westside over Jedi Knights 4-1
    Copperfield over Ball Busters 5-0

    Div. III:
    Mob Squad over Yuttes 3-2
    Swing over Lost Forest 4-1

    BIG MATCHES:
    4.0:
    1. Copperheads v. Bear Creek
    2. Chancellors v. Westside
    3. Met v. Rice

    4.5:
    1. Westside v. Jedi Knights
    2. Mob Squad v. Yuttes

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