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.