Monday, June 18, 2012

Under the Radar?

I don't think I've mentioned the Unicorns once all year. They lost the vast majority of their talent from the team which put a huge scare into the National Runners-up, the 4.0 Hurricanes. They could have been very competitive at 4.0 Nationals.

Quietly, they've added a few pieces to their roster lately which seem intriguing. They've got some juniors with a lot of Champ tournament experience. Phi Nguyen had a win this year against Greg Nitayamekin, who's regarded as one of the top 4.0 singles players this season. Kristian Rodriguez is another junior who appears to be rapidly improving. Garrett Browne is another Champ junior. Riley Deshazo had a nice high school resume. The Unicorns still have two matches with scores to be entered. Will all of their juniors get qualified? Will any of them be competent doubles players (usually a weakness of juniors)? Time will tell, but this team bears watching.


55 comments:

  1. They ain't sht from what I've seen on the courts....

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  2. Ain't nothing to worry about. They lost to sorry teams this season.

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  3. It sounds like the same person writing here doesn't know how to speak proper English.

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  4. I began the year thinking Chancellor's (as they were known back then) was the 4.0 favorite. Copperfield and the Hurricanes have also held the top spot in my mind. I think I'm moving back towards Copperfield if they manage to keep Bromley and Z. Salinas eligible. Luiz Bombonatti is a quality player, and they've got a lot of talent back from last year's playoff team. While it's true that they lost to Chancellor's 5-0 in the playoffs last year, 4 of those lines went to third set breakers, and Bombonatti took Cuong Truong to three. With the Salinas family and Bromley in the fold, I think they become favorites.

    /bored at work and killing time on tennis link.

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  5. @ 11:44

    yup, it's prob some haters. just let them be

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  6. What are the odds Copperfield pulls off the triple crown (Sectionals trips in 4.0, 4.5, 5.0)? If I offered you 4-1 would you take that bet? Would you give 4-1?

    Remember, there are two bids in 4.0, and always the possibility of a wild card in 4.5.

    According to my "source" Copperfield's junior program is thriving. With the lower age limits and some increased League interest with some recent hires, is it possible they could be building a dynasty out there??

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  7. Looks like Orlando Galvan is now eligible for the playoffs. Soong Hay Tam, who would also be a "factor", still has time.

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  8. When is the last time a Copperfield 4.0 or 4.5 team made it to sectionals?

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  9. Freeman's Hurricanes are still the favorites.

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  10. 5.0 copperfield has already clinched sectionals. 4.0 copperfield lacks the leadership to advance. 4.5 is probably in the top 3 to make it to sectionals out of houston.

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  11. Freeman's Hurricanes are still the favorites.



    +1

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    1. Maybe with the help of the Philipinos.

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  12. #1 Westside Blacksheep
    #2 Copperfield Lobsters
    #3 JCC Blast
    #4 Hurricanes
    #5 Jam
    #6 Lakeside
    #7 Deucebags
    #8 HRC

    4.5 will be tough to pick.

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    1. Blacksheep probably wrote this list. They've never made it out of Houston and they are probably 3rd best...right Tommy or Sean!!!

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    2. Ristau needs to sit if they want to advance, the problem is that he things he is very good. Ristau = stay in Houston. Copperfield and Sugar Creek all the way.

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  13. Our team will not be stopped. Blacksheep all the way!!

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    1. You won't stop losing?

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    2. Even the Deucebags can beat again the Blacksheep.

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    3. sounds like wishful thinking for Blacksheep

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  14. How can you pick against Mob Squad 4.0 H'Town? We have the current 4.0 Coke singles and doubles champion. That is 2 lines before we even start the match. The question is who will join us in Dallas?

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    1. Bad captaining thats why.

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  15. Can someone please explain how Copperfield 4.0 gets two 18-year old superchamps on their team as selfrated 4.0s? Isn't there a rule against that?

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  16. Mob squad 4.0?? really?? You are one line loss from being in second place... The westside warriors #1 singles and doubles team would beat them easily..

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  17. Interesting to see that the Hurricanes Matt Mussenden beat two of those heralded Copperfield juniors (Lucas Bombonatti and James Fojtasek) at a big superchamp tourney a week ago. I wonder if he will make his Hurricane singles debut during the City playoffs? Perhaps Martinez moves to doubles?

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  18. Yep and Hersh beat Copperfield's Anuj Singh a few weeks back on his home turf at the Copperfield tournament. Copperfield is overrated but are clearly the strongest in a weak division. Same goes for Westside, strong but they haven't been pushed yet.

    Hurricanes once again are the team to beat. We still haven't seen their true top 8.

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  19. Hurricanes are over rated - got lucky in thier last 2 matches to even make it into the playoffs - while all the other top teams are blowing out the competition.

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  20. Hurricanes 4.0/4.5 vs Copperfield 4.0/4.5.
    This would be great to see these match ups in the playoffs.

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  21. Sugar Creek 4.5 will get one more line out of the Jim brothers, who have both only played once so far - probably to avoid any chance of a bump-up. This will qualify them for city. They will then be able to play their strongest lineup when needed. If this happens, they are the strongest team top to bottom, again IMHO.

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  22. 4.0 and 4.5 rankings leading into the playoffs. I don't care about the seeding or the matches/lines won percentage. This is purely my projection of each team's best lineup verses the other playoff teams.

    4.0
    1. Hurricanes
    2. Copperfield
    3. Good Guys
    4. Unicorns
    5. Mob Squad
    6. Lakeside
    7. Warriors
    8. Phoenix
    9. Seinna Plantation
    10. Rolido Boys

    4.5
    1. Sugar Creek
    2. Copperfield
    3. Black Sheep
    4. Hurricanes
    5. JCC
    6. Gooder Guys
    7. Lakeside
    8. Mob Squad
    9. Deucebags
    10. HRC / Gypsies

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  23. gooder guys and mob squad dont belong on that list. they are not going to playoffs. both team has 3 losts.

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  24. yea they do, mob squad 4.5 are better than jcc and gooder guys they just got thrown in a big time division. Lakeside is underrated, y'all will find out soon enough.

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  25. Deuce bags is number 1..

    In the womens 4.0 division

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  26. huge match on thurs at sugar creek. the season is on the line for the most talked about team this season. too much talent on that roster, but somehow they ended up in this situation. they will need to win against lakeside to make the playoffs. a lost will send mob squad to post season. however, mobsquad will need to sweep clambakes.

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  27. The HTA should sponsor a match between the Gooder Guys and the 4.5 Mob Squad for a berth into the 4.0 playoffs. The winner would have a real shot against the 4.0 Hurricanes.

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  28. Whatever happened to Sienna 4.5? I think they have a good chance to win women's 4.0

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  29. didnt i see hung from mob squad whip up on gregory who plays on the canes 4.0. 4.5 is far beyond 4.0 level. 4.5 have guys that played itf, futures, davis cup, div1,2,3 college and open players.

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  30. Copperfield 4.0 has two juniors that were both champs. Zachary salinas was never officially a superchamp. He played 1 or 2 superchamp doubles matches which is legal for champ players. He never officially superchamped. Heath just superchamped a week ago at the masters. Hecwas an 18 champ when he refilled and played his league matches.

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  31. So Heath is done in 4.0.

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  32. Really? I just looked at the rules and all it says is that a super champ must self rate at 4.5 or above. If Bromley had not been a super in the last five years when he self-rated, I'd say he followed the letter of the law and should remain eligible. (at least until he gets his third strike).

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  33. Here is the exact rule I was quoting:

    1. If a player was a Super Champ in the past five years, he/she must self rate at or above a 4.5 NTRP level; former High School players can not play below the 3.0 level.

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  34. that's like saying if a 4.5 super champ self rate was ok then committed to a d-1 school right after he self rated. Would that be ok? He needs to be protested !!

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  35. I can understand 18s Supers needing to self rate 4.5, I think that is where they belong. Requiring all Super Champs regardless of age to self rate 4.5 is silly. There are some 18s Champs who could play 4.5 well, as well as 16s Supers that could play 4.5 well, but at the same time I feel as if a large number of these players would rightfully belong in 4.0 instead.

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  36. techically, they havent "played" d-1 tennis match unless they officially "played" a d-1 match

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  37. Hurricanes 4.5 are a lock to whoop up on all Texas teams...Soong Hay Tam, John Greenwood, Ray Martinez, Matt Mussenden, Scott Foster, John Grego, Greg Zachary. Good luck against that stacked ass lineup.

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    1. Who the fuck is John Greenwood?

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    2. http://www.usta.com/Play-Tennis/Tennis-On-Campus/greenwood_gives_virginia_experience_edge_in_title_bout/

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    3. i guess you guys haven't seen the westover team from Austin, i just check the roster and its very impressed, we talk a lot about our local teams been the favorites every year,but this team from austin it really impressed me......by far ,i think this is the best team, and my favorite to win sectionals !!!......

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  38. Two of those names haven't plYed a match so can't be eligible for post season.

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    1. Hurricane's have matches to enter still. If they are playing against any Filipino teams they will find a way to get those people in to the lineup. Trust me Red's little Filipino army works for Freeman.

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  39. Hurricanes wont make it to the finals of local playoffs. they would have to go through either Blacksheep or Copperfield. No way they can match those teams. Copperfield and Westside beat them easily 4-1.

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  40. Freeman just put a new player on his 4.0 team. He and berry will be in that score sheet against the Filipinos even though he wasn't on the roster when it happened. Cheater.

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  41. Canes 4.0 have another match to play you dickheads.

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  42. How about we just play tennis and let whatever happens, happen? No need to point out flaws and trash talk other teams. Each team puts in effort that contributes to the teams success in some way. Just enjoy the competition and look forward to more intense competition once you get to playoffs, if some teams make it that far.

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