Monday, August 25, 2014
Observations from Pacific Northwest USTA League 18 & over Sectionals - Two teams play each other three times in a season
In the Men's 3.5 flight, the final came down to two Seattle area teams, and not just that, but two teams that were in the same sub-flight in local league play.
In their local sub-flight, Robinswood finished 10-1 with a 43-12 court record and 33 sets lost. Mill Creek also finished 10-1, 43-12, but had 31 sets lost. However, because head-to-head is the tie-breaker before sets lost this year, Robinswood's 3-2 win over Mill Creek put them in first place. And one of those court wins was a match tie-break, so a very close match.
Both teams advanced to local playoffs where they met in the final, Robinswood winning 4-1 this time, one of the matches in a match tie-break. However, because there was a wildcard for the Northwest Washington District, both teams advanced to Sectionals.
At Sectionals, the teams were in separate flights, and Robinswood went 4-0 to win theirs, while Mill Creek went 3-1 and 13-7 to tie with a team from North Idaho, but Mill Creek had won the head-to-head match 3-2, one in a match tie-break, to win the flight. Thus, Mill Creek and Robinswood had their third meeting.
Alas, the third meeting was no different from the first two. Robinswood won 4-1, this time only the one win by Mill Creek was a match tie-break so it was nearly a sweep.
So congratulations to Robinswood who is headed to Nationals and did so by beating a persistent Mill Creek team three times.
I have to think this is pretty rare, two teams playing three times each at different stages of the season. Has anyone heard of something similar?
Update: It turns out it is common. See this.