Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend Update

Congratulations are in order for the Fort Worth Tri-Level team, as they won a squeaker over Jason Freeman's Houston team by pulling out a 10-8 third set breaker in the 4.0 line. Legendary captain Bob Somabut came up big ON the court this time, and spanked a backhand winner on match point to seal the deal.

Fort Worth will be headed to Indian Wells to compete at Tri-Level nationals, playing aside Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova and the rest of the stellar field in the beautiful Coachella Valley. Best of luck to Joel Pickett's crew. He was a class act throughout the weekend.

It was a good weekend for some of my fellow Metropolitan Racquet Club members in the major zone held in San Antonio this weekend. Rob Collins, who was seeded sixth, took home the Open Singles crown, beating Adrian Valdez along the way and not dropping a set. Top seeded Matt Drake took home the 4.0 crown and his first major zone.

The Houston area had a good showing overall. John Patch took the 4.5 singles and Tim Green won another 5.0 singles major zone, though the field had only five participants. Hats off to Cy-Ridge alumni Jason Owsley and Tommy Do, who reached the semis in the 4.0 doubles. Do also made it to the semis of the singles.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

San Antonio Major Zone and Tri-Level

The HEB Major Zone will be played this weekend in San Antonio. Local players are top-seeded in the 4.0 division (Matt Drake) and 5.0 division (Tim Green). There seems to be a dearth of 4.5 Houstonians playing tournaments this year. Jon Griffin is seeded third, but there are few other locals of note in the draw.

Also this weekend is the Tri-Level Sectionals being held in Kingwood. Jason Freeman again has a powerful team which will face tough competition with San Antonio, SETX and Dallas in their flight.