Saturday, June 7, 2014

Final State Championships

Well what a time and the upsets have started.

Congrats to Byron Cato and Jonesboro on winning State Championships and the Berth to Sectionals, now how are you going to fare once you lose your stud singles player within the next 48 hrs once the numbers are run.

Also great playing by Ft Smith as well did not expect them to finish 2nd, congrats guys was fun to play you guys, Jim Anderson was a good representative of your team

Jonesboro won the big match-up against Miller/Fairley winning 4-1 behind singles play and taking 2 MTB's in doubles.

Jonesboro then beat Ft Smith 3-2 on Sunday to clinch winning both doubles, although #2 Singles with Bolds was much much closer than expected. They then took #1 Doubles in MTB, while losing MTB at #2 and being blown out at #3.

Cato did a masterful job in the doubles mixing up team placement each match to keep teams guessing

Arkansas 4.5 Men's Results

Miller/Fairley 2-0 after Day 1 then the underdogs do it again with Ft Smith taking out Miller 3-2 Laster thrashed E. Bailey 2,1
Hickey lost to Hardee 1,4
Anderson/Eads lost to Matthews/Miller
Carson/Smith beat Heflin Brothers
McCain/Gilliam beat Clifford/Bourdo --- Wyatt should have protested but too bad
Saving players? No P Murphy, no Mattocks, Jones out of Town == disaster

 Jonesboro sitting 2-0 behind singles domination of young guys, they will be needed at 5 PM against Miller Team for what should decided the title

Ft Smith and NWA both 1-1

Birch sitting at 0-2 after facing Jonesboro and Miller

Interesting match ups tonight should be fun.

Expecting several Dynamic DQ's of Self-rates after this tournament and numbers are run, I'll keep it to myself for now .....

I see the following gone once new numbers run:

Andrew Bolds -- sorry charlie your trying to keep it close against FT Smith won't help
Andrew Todd -- no losses and rolled at State
Grady McCain -- should have been protested as a signee with D2 UAFS UAFS Signs 4 then add in dominating doubles play at State

Matt Hardee -- was close but should be safe now
Jordan Custer -- close but losses at State keep safe
Justin Mattocks -- borderline and could go either way

Thursday, May 29, 2014

State Tournament Schedule Released ... oh it is a Doozy by the ATA on the guys

So old days the biggest complaint has been the guys having to play a match on Friday and missing work because of a match schedule at noon and then nothing until Saturday, well the higher ups at ATA decided to go one further and scheduled not "1" but "2" matches on Friday. Should make for interesting line-ups on Friday

So matches:
Friday
Noon:
Birch v Cato
Fairley/Miller v. Humbert/Stursma
4:30:
Laster v Humbert/Stursma
Fairley/Miller v. Birch
Saturday

11:00 AM
Humbert/Stursma v Cato
Fairley/Miller v. Laster

5:00 PM
Fairley/Miller v Cato
Birch v. Laster

Sunday
11:00 AM
Humbert/Stursma v Birch
Cato v. Laster

Good luck to all and have fun on the courts

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

State Championships right around the Corner

League Play has Finished and let the Games begin

Assuming there will be a 5 Team Royal Rumble the weekend of June 6-8th Five Teams Fighting to Go To Sectionals

Miller/Fairley:

Cato/Jonesboro: Bolds has been DQ'ed to 5.0, believe it was a Dynamic DQ and not grievance

Stursma/NWA:

Laster/WATA:

Birch/CLR:

 Should be interesting will the 4 teams have their full line-ups for that inevitable Friday match that ATA loves to play on Friday for the guys at 11 AM or will the guys get lucky and get a 4PM start or later.

Rumor: of 2 more players from unknown teams are currently being looked at, so teams could change some more.
Also can anyone find the current DII signee on one of the teams.

Any captains want to write their bio send a message, have some fun but nothing offensive

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

State Championship Teams Taking Shape

It appears the State Championships lineup is taking shape:

Mid-Season Winner: Miller/Fairley is in

NWA: Humbert-Stursma/Bella Vista/BV

CLR: Miller/Fairley and Birch will fight it out this week, but both teams should advance into State -- Teams Split matches to finish season, good hard fought matches on both sides

 NEA: No matches played, Cato added to 2 Memphis Players, which seem suspect at best but appear in rules as long as Bolds has not played College, although the 4.0 rating is an absolute joke. The 2nd team has more 4.0 players than 4.5, need a rule made that team requires 2/3 of players to be at level so jokes like this don't happen. Still need to play 3-4 matches by Monday

WATA: Same as Jonesboro, Laster set to win but second team has more 4.0 than 4.5 players, another joke league. Still need to play 3-4 matches by Monday

Independent: Kiker second team setup but 1 player signed-up, not sure I see how they will play 3-4 matches in this league to get qualified Seeing potentially 6 teams for State, Hopefully ATA will not go with the craptastic 2 divisions of 3 teams route in order to make money, but rather make it an endurance test and play a full RR of 5 matches.  -- UPDATE NO GO



Cato is shaping to be a powerhouse and with the additions of the young guns could be the favorite or even money with Miller/Fairley

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Update on some Matches

Central Little Rock Well season finally winding down, 1 team is eliminated from contention now. Robinson sits at 0-4 and out of any chance of going to State Tournament after dropping Robinson dropped 2 5-0 decisions to Miller's Team Miller also defeated Kiker 3-2 losing the 2 singles matches before sweeping the doubles. Kiker is now on the ropes for a standing 8 count on their chances to make State out of CLR. They have a big match against Birch Thursday Night. A Birch win knocks Kiker out of the running and all but clinches a spot at State for Birch with 3 more matches to complete. There were a few additions over the last few weeks and subtractions. Birch: lost Hudson and Edens back to Jonesboro, even though Jonesboro still only has one team filled, the second team still has not registered any players, I hate this right now because it should throw up many red flags, the same thing is happening in Hot Springs as well. WATA is not much different with no matches being played. Time for ATA to step in and maybe force WATA/NWA to consolidate when there are only 2 teams in each region, they are only an hour apart. NEA is a bit tougher. Maybe it is time for the guys to suck it up and do what the ladies do and play a travel league. Kiker: Added Udai Garimella and Scott Eibes both former D3 players but ultimately non-factors right now. Garimella though has 2 nice wins over Freeman and J. Murphy Miller: Added 5.0 self-rate appeal Justin Mattocks and former Henderson State player Matt Hardeee, both will be interesting to follow. Mattocks is more of a game changer but needs to watch out for strikes. Strike Watch Matt Jones is 8-0 right now, assume he has 1 strike from the Gilliland/Herring destruction at Mid-Season, maybe more. Mattocks will need to be watched, Hardee already has 2 wins as a 4.0 so he probably should be rerated to 4.5. Taunton on Kiker's team is close, but maybe safe now with a few losses Garimella: may have a strike after beating Murphy Andrew Todd: 3-0 with all straight set wins and many breadsticks, but over a 4.0 self-rate More updates next week as more matches get played. All matches must be done by May 19th.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mid-Season in the Books -- Miller/Fairley Perfection

Well not much to say other than Miller/Fairley dominated going 15-0 this weekend, very dominating. They were money in MTB going 5-0, including 2 in the Birch match and 2 in the Kiker match Birch took 2nd squeaking by Robinson in final match with MTB win at #3 doubles after dominating the singles lines.

MVP for the weekend: Matt Ridgeway Jones 3-0 in dominating performances with the best win being a straight set shellacking of Guy Gilliland/Brent Herring, probably equals strike #1.

Bynum Matthews as always solid in doubles winning with 3 different partners.

Otto Fry also appears to be recovered from calf injury and put together 2 solid singles wins over the weekend beating Kyle Clem and Kevin Luneau handily.

Eddie Bailey showed he is one of the best singles players in the state and puts any injury issues to rest for now.

Interesting result was the Luneau/Toliver doubles team beating a solid Taunton/Martin team and then nearly clinching a win over Gilliland/Herring tandem.

2nd Place went to Birch and assuming they finish 1st or 2nd in league play should advance to state. MTB's were their bane for the weekend going 1-5 in the clutch play. Not having Hudson for the weekend was huge but may not have stopped the juggernaut of Miller/Fairley this weekend. As well as missing Lyon and Edens may not have turned the tide quite yet, but could be interesting come state June 6-8th.

So not much has changed Miller/Fairley is clearly the best team right now in the state and appears ready to make a deep run at Sectionals provided their 40+ guys do not run out of steam playing double duty, same could be said for Birch as well with half of team pulling double duty as well We shall see what happens and will update later with new information as it comes down the wire.

*** Side Note** Kiker's Team as added former Hendrix Player Udai Garimella, nice addition but in the end will not be a game changer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mid-Season Tournament 48 hrs out

Well the annual tradition of playing a Mid-Season Tournament continues in Arkansas with the 4 Central Little Rock Teams being the only representatives this year, guess NWA and WATA decided to save their $150 and play with each other back home, more like beatdown their weaker step-brother to advance to State.
So with that said lets look at matches:
Match #1 2:00 PM Saturday Birch v. Kiker: Already played one full match with Birch winning 4-1, think will see the same score, Kiker may have a few more of their players this time, but so will Birch. 1st match Birch did not have a few big guns playing, such as Hoffmann, Gilliland, and Byrd. Expect them both to play as well as the addition of Herring who appears to be eligible by the skin of his teeth. Just do not see Kiker having any chance to pull this out. Doubtful the team will miss Lyon, Hudson or Edens for this match Miller v. Robinson: Much like the other match-up, see this one going 4-1 as well for Miller. Just do not see where Robinson wins a line unless Miller throws out his B-Team, no names going to be given out. Expect Miller to roll out a stout team to shake off some rust, will Bailey be healthy for the weekend, can Matthews continue his doubles dominance from 2013. Match #2 8:00 AM Sunday Let the fun begin Robinson v. Kiker: Could be an interesting match depending on who is awake early enough, going to go with Kiker 3-2 with a few MTB's. All about match-ups. Kiker should have best player in Taunton, but Robinson is a veteran team with some good players. Not sure who goes out in singles for either team except for maybe Clem for Kiker, assume K Luneau for Robinson. Split the singles and Kiker takes 2/3 doubles Miller v. Birch: For all of the marbles here. Who will be able to shake off the crusties for this match. Again all about the match-up. Not having Hudson will hurt in this case. Ideal Match-up: 1S: Hoffmann v P. Murphy 2S: Garretson v. Bailey (if healthy) or Clifford 1D: Delco/Gilliland v. Matt Jones/Miller 2D: Byrd/Jones v Matthews/Bourdo 3D: Herring/Birch v Heflin Bros. Overall think in gut will go to Miller 4-1 with several close matches. Match #3 2:00 PM Sunday Miller v. Kiker: Steam roll time should be 5-0 but probably end up 4-1 or 3-2. Will too much energy be used in the 8 AM match by Miller would be the kicker. Do not see a path to victory for Kiker, fight hard but just not there with the guns. Birch v Robinson: again similar to other match should be a 5-0 romp but probably 4-1, Robinson could sneak one out but will be tough unless Birch is tired from morning match and can not field their strongest team. Just my opinion as I will watch from the sidelines this weekend unfortunately. Should be entertaining to track at the least. Good Luck to all teams

Monday, April 7, 2014

New additions shake-up CLR Race Possibly

Open up the League site on USTA and what do I see 2 new names on Birch's team.
They are not in time for Mid-Season Tournament but will play regular season matches.
Additions of Aaron Hudson and Matt Edens make the race for CLR very interesting as they now balance out the singles in many ways with Miller having Eddie Bailey and Patrick Murphy.
Hudson and Edens can both play singles and will help out Hoffmann more than likely and allow Delco into the doubles line-up.
Some strong possibilities now and some great match-ups could be headed to the LR Area Courts in the near future as Miller and Birch go to Battle.
Excellent recruiting by Birch, but also opens the question will there be a Jonesboro League or do we see more defections from Jonesboro to a CLR team. Maybe Armstrong/Hunter go to Miller if room? Daniel Milnes, Huckabee, Harris where do they go?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FIRST MATCHES OF SEASON PLAYED IN 4.5 LEAGUES

IN CLR Birch beat Kiker 4-1. The match had 2 5.0 appeal downs playing one for each team and not surprisingly both won their respective matches. Brett Taunton teamed with Jonathan Martin to beat Birch/Bacon 2-6, 6-0, 10-8 @#1 doubles. Jason Lyon played with Stuart Jones at #2 to defeat Kiker/Anderson 6-4, 6-4 using late breaks in both sets to serve it out. Remaining Matches Brad Delco defeated Shaun Wiseman 1,0 Kyle Garretson (5.0 Bump down) beat Kyle Clem 4,2 #3D: Marquez/Jackson snuck by Nordentoft/Williams 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 In NWA Humbert-Stursma/Bella Vista/BV shutout Purkey 5-0 in two straight matches and have all but clinched a state berth, not playing mid-season Humbert is led by Appealed Andrew Todd, self-rate so will need to watch scores and any grievances, though think he may already have 2 strikes with consecutive straight set wins 1,1 and 1,2 The team has may solid doubles players in Humbert and Sturmas as well as Slaveski, but the big question as always will be will they show up at State.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Say What is this Blog Dead!! Resurrection 2014

Time to make a comeback after being lazy for 2-3 yrs. Will start handicapping the 4.0/4.5/5.0 leagues as time and teams form in the near future. Should be fun!! 4.5 Men 18+ League Appears to be 10 teams across the state 4 in CLR, 2 NE, 2 NWA, 2 WATA, 2 Hot Springs/SWA  

NWA: Appears Sturmsa-Humbert will be at State with convincing 5-0 wins already over their league mates 10:1 State Chances

 NEA: Scott Hunter led team that appears to be stout. Hunter/Armstrong one of the best doubles teams, when they feel like playing. Aaron Hudson Willy LaFerney and Matt Edens are solid singles guys, Milnes/Cato/Owens good doubles, but who else will they add. Should have no issues advancing to state and one of the Top 3 right now even with slim roster 5:1 State Chances

 Hot Springs: Kiker going the back way again this year playing 2 leagues and using Hot Springs to advance, should be similar to his CLR team. Good but just not strong enough to compete with the big guns of the state. 50:1 State Chances  

WATA: Again just another league of teams with Seth Laster using it to advance. 6 guys on team including Kevin Hickey. Much like Kiker, but a little more dangerous and last year they hurt Birch in tournament play, so could be dangerous opponent for others come state. 15:1 State Chances  
CLR: This is the main league of 4 Teams based in Little Rock and will be the only 4 teams playing at Mid-season to get the automatic berth. I would expect the 2nd place team would also advance to state this year ad have 5 teams for the state tournament.

1. Wyatt Miller: Early favorites right now. They are a merging of sorts after Brad Phelps bump up. They have the lock down singles player in Eddie Bailey, they also have a great stable of doubles players in Matthews, M.R. Jones (5.0 Appeal), Wyatt, Heflin Brothers, and the Murphy Boys. Questions: Who is the #2 Singles? Patrick Murphy and Eugene Clifford Can they field three solid doubles teams on a match by match basis? Right now put them down at 2:1 to win State and go to Sectionals.

2. Brent Birch: Should be the clear #2 team. Has some depth and solid doubles players in Garretson, Delco, Byrd, returning Herring, and Gilliland Singles: Hoffmann but then who? Can Gilliland handle the #2 spot, will there be a Dinehart sign-up coming after mid-season tournament? Overall solid team but can they compete with the depth of Wyatt's team. Solidly #3 team in state behind Wyatt and Hunter. 10:1 State 

3. Danny Robinson: No overwhelming players but solid 4.5 players, best player would be K. Luneau. Veteran team but not sure they can compete for 6 matches, see them going 3-3 ad fighting Kiker for 3rd place.

 4. Brandon Kiker: They have Brett Taunton on their team, but one player does not make a championship team. They will be dangerous but lack of depth will hurt. Kyle Clem will need to step up in singles to help and then hope they can sneak out some doubles matches. Kiker/Anderson are veteran team that can compete against anyone but just not against the best teams. Do not see any singles guys to compete with the likes of Hoffmann, Bailey, Murphy, Todd, or Hudson. As teams line-up better will update early predictions.