Friday, October 26, 2012

4.5 Nationals This Weekend

The Men's and Women's teams head to Tuscon this weekend for 4.5 Nationals. I spoke briefly with Jason Freeman this weekend and he is optimistic about his team's chances to do well. They've got a moderatly tough but not impossible grouping, with Florida, Hawaii, and an Eastern team that appears to be pretty good.
By all accounts, Hersh Pise is playing some really good tennis, and he will be relied upon heavily.

The first match for the men will be at 9AM Tuscon time against Florida, with the match against Eastern taking place in the afternoon. I've played one of the guys on the Florida team, and seen another play. They'll be tough.

The women have a similar grouping, with Florida and Eastern also in their flight, in addition to a team from El Paso (El Paso is in the Southwest Section, not Texas). Betsie's team will also start out with Florida, playing at the same time as the men.

Good luck to all...bring home some hardware to Houston.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

4.0 Nationals

Tuan Tran and his 4.0 Mob Squad are out in Tuscon for 4.0 Nationals, which begins on Friday. Hopefully they've had a chance to get acclimated to the thin air, as the ball does tend to fly a bit out in Tuscon.

The Mob appears to have a favorable flight, starting out with historically weak Intermountain at 7:30 on Friday. They also play Northern on Friday afternoon. Saturday's slate appears to be tougher, with Missouri Valley and Caribbean the opponents.

There's no way to truly tell which sections will be weak or strong, so you have to start out with your A lineup. I'm sure Tuan will be scouting the Northern section since Texas got stuck in the only five team flight and it would be nice to find a match to rest the top singles guys.

Good luck to the Mob Squad.