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Final C Player Robin (2 games to 15 pts.) Updated 12/27/06.
01/15/07 The End! Finally the End!
12/27/06 Joel Greengarten takes 1st in A's Final!
Outstanding matches/results A's for 3rd. C's Round Robin...well I killed it. I defaulted Don for failure to play his matches vs. Bob and Marv. After numerous extensions and warnings, I just had no choice.
10/27/06 Bill S. advances to another A Final!
10/05/06 One Trophy Delivered!
I heard from Don and he plans to play again and finish his remaining matches against Bob and Marv..if they are still interested to finish. Also tonight, I heard some of the A crowd is coming by to play tonight. I doubt Bill S. is going to be there since I heard from Tom Baldinger that they got softball playoff this weekend. So things are moving painfuly slow, but at least they are moving.
09/06/06 Member Area Linked Up
07/24/06 The League that Never Ends
A's with six players has been stuck at the semi-finals stage for a long time. Basically there's a conflict between my limited schedule and one of the matches. So it sits and sits. I'll ask for some help from our community of players to see if anyone is willing to get these guys in and playing.
C's with three players has been limping for a long time waiting for Don to get out on the courts. I have not received any word that's ever going to happen in my lifetime. So I'm awarding Bob Zeiss first in C's, Marv Second, and Don third. I'm going to have a minimum number of players set for a division before I offer it. To have three just doesn't work.
06/08/06 B Division Completed.
It was another repeat final between the two power houses of B's. Alex and Nick had a one and half hour match. Anyway Nick summaries it below:
I won the final with Alex, (13), 12 and 7, I served first. It was a very tough match, lasted a little over 1.5 hrs, and I can't tell that I know what gave me the edge. I was drained by end of game one, somehow won game two and had a good run of serves in game 3, all the while maxing out my timeouts. Alex changed his routine and managed to surprise me by being very aggressive, while still playing the ball all over the court. Great game, and I was lucky to be the winner.
Well as promised, these guys had another trophy finish. So we'll try to get them into B+. Not sure how B+ is going to work, but there's some distance between B's and A's. Since Andres went back to Columbia, Ignacio automatically gets third place.
06/08/06 Joel Greengarten advances to his first A Final.
Last time Abe and Bill faced each other in a semi-final it went three games with Abe almost winning in straight games. (11), 14, and 7. So it'll be interesting to see who advances this time around. Good luck everyone.
06/03/06 Semi-Finals Ready.
06/03/06 Dave Evans Passed Away.
I'll keep his records. After eight consecutive wins he broke into the top 10 in the ELO rankings. It was always a motivation to get better to beat him and I was disappointed that he retired from intramurals last year. So I'm pretty sad that he passed away. Rest in peace Dave.
05/17/06 Semi-Finals Ready.
05/14/06 Got a few minutes, Ignacio advanced to Semi.
05/04/06 Dave Pollak Advances to A's Semi-Finals.
Still waiting to hear from the quarter-finals in the B's. Cook also closes this week for May and goes to Summer Hours. So we're in trouble.
05/04/06 Abe Pollak Advances to A's Semi-Finals.
We've been playing three games lately with a low scoring tie-breaker. So either I'm no longer focused, tired, or just quitting. Last night, it was about 9:00 when I noticed the cell phone hasn't rung once. Let's see my wife starts calling at 7:30 normally and even though yesterday was a late night for me. It should still have been ringing. I should have called her phone and made sure things were ok before the tie-breaker. I was still pretty tired, but my focus was not totally on the game and I wasn't moving well.
It's a good end to A's. I rushed myself up too early to A's, probably out of fear to avoid real competition, but most likely out of not taking the trophy from another guy. It's my league, I feel I should not win. Well that's old thinking, I have a strong desire to get better and I know playing A's for a couple of leagues has only made me a stronger player.
05/02/06 Nick Holerca Advances to B's Semi-Finals.
For Alex, it's Ignacio Esteban and Silas Clark. This is Ignacio's first league and he defeated Alex in League play, so have all the wounds healed? Silas has been away from the sport for a while, but he did prove himself at Hillsborough with a 2nd place finish in B+ and a first place finish in C's at Fairfield. So I think both Alex and Nick need to be on guard and play some serious racquetball to have a repeat of last league. Looking forward to the games guys.
05/01/06 Alex Rtishchev Advances to B's Semi-Finals.
Roger had some interesting shots of his own. I saw him do an in-between the legs shot ala Nick Holerca. In-between games two and the tie-breaker, he thanked Nick for the advice of not playing Alex's game. Things looked good Roger in the third game, but he wasn't making many points. Eventually Alex advanced with 10, (10), and 3. Good game guys, glad I was able to watch parts of it.
04/25/06 T-Jay Hu Advances to the Quarter-Finals.
04/16/06 Draw sheets Posted.
04/11/06 Esteban takes 2nd seed in B's?
04/09/06 Excel is Out. Time to start seeding the league.
04/09/06 League Mod': B+ Division to be added.
03/18/06 League Mod': Inter-Division Play Stays.
03/18/06 League Mod': Earlier Bubble Matches.
03/16/06 Delgado loses last bubble to Weickert (Lefty).
It was an easy first game with George refusing to warm-up and played a cold first game. So I capitalized and walked with 15-1 win. George started to wake up and planted himself in front of the short line waiting to cut off ceiling returns or drop shots into the corners. Most hard passes he was able to reach behind him and get a racquet on. Lost the second game 6-15. Tie-breaker was more of the same and he played a smarter game. Also told me outside that he was patient with his shots and waiting for me to commit or lean before taking them. It worked. George got it, (1), 6, and 3.
I think , I mentioned some where below that I thought I was hiding in the A's to avoid having to really prove myself in B's again. When I won the trophy back in 2003-04, I had a pretty easy draw. Claudio Ortiz hurt himself and David Fugate did not want to play into Vishal. Clark lost to Vishal. Charette lost to me, so suddenly I'm in the final vs. Vishal. It was a long battle with two ref's, but I won in three games. Other leagues I've been toward the bottom of the draw. I think once I moved to the next round because Tom Baldinger couldn't make it.
Anyway sucks that an off night, dropped me down to B's. Must always be prepared to do your best. Tonight unfortunately was not. When George learned that I was knocked to B's he felt bad. I said, don't feel bad man. It was an honorable defeat. Not sure, but I think I'll finish out A's along with Felix this time and start B's next league. Just for time constraints.
03/12/06 Good to do my Job.
Things started off weird with Ajay doing a flat out terrible job flipping the coin. I think he was trying to influence the call or something. I was a little nervous, I didn't have the same IPS (Ideal Performance State) that I had on Monday at Busch. Maybe too fired up. I guess this match actually meant something. I hope to have a few more to get my head straight before State Singles or I'm in trouble.
I just noticed a funny thing it was exactly a year ago that I played Joel for a league match. Back then I had 6 and 3. This time I did better. I was more aware of my shot selection and the consequences of those shots. One shot during the rally I had Joel in front of me and off to the right a little. I was behind him toward the left corner. I held up on my swing because he was right in my cross-court shot. I wasn't about to go DTL and have him crush it. Yes, it would have been a penalty hinder, but without a ref' it's a replay. Another shot came off the back wall and I focused on the ball took a shot that nailed Joel in the back while he was standing in center court. Another hinder? Not sure if I saw him the way a lot, but that's two points right there.
Basically if Joel gets a shot in the front court he's going to rip a kill shot just about every time. So I needed to hit shots that got him moving and got him deep. I'm pretty sure during the second game I took away two points just by being absent minded. Joel was cool about that. I had a lot of fun. Joel asked me if I get a lot of screen calls. I answered no. Joel won 6 and 9.
On the other court, we had Bob Zeiss and Marv. Schuldiner play their league match. I didn't get to see much since we started at the same time, but Zeiss walked away with the win 3 and 7. It's been a while since Marv. played. Afterward, he came over and we played some Quake 2 on the PC. Yeah I know an old school game, but fun.
03/01/06 Missing Matches via Email.
My web hosting company, Applied Innovations, has setup an SSL (Secure Connection) to encrypt all data received and sent on my page. So I feel a lot more confident about people logging in and doing more online. I'll have more details on that later.
02/24/06 Super Friday? Delgado keeps bubble.
One Lee earlier in the day told me he had played Andres like seven or eight times and was looking for weaknesses. He told me what he learned and I agreed and make a game plan around it. Every time that I went against the game plan Andres punished me for it. Andres is a great touch player that I've known since I've been playing racquetball. He also played my first league in A/B. He's always been fast and had good control. So I had to bring out a power game to have a chance.
First game, I served and ran a couple of easy points with pinches. Then we battled and Andres kept most of his shots in play and controlled the third shot of any rally I hit up front. I squeaked a 15-13 win. Second game I trailed 10-1 and was able to fight back to lose 14-15. The Tie-breaker was also pretty close, but Andres hit some shots that were out of the book and made some errors. I was also making errors and losing my lead. Ajay was watching the game and thought he was making me nervous and started to leave. I banged on the door and motioned him to come back. I wanted the pressure. Anyway we had a great game and a couple of solid cross court passes helped put the game away. 13, (14), and 8. Great match.
02/22/06 Some missing matches.
02/21/06 Back in Black! Well at least I know how deep...
I checked the schedule and again we're behind thirty games! People are just not meeting their dates. Guess we'll start dropping inter-division matches as they are missed. I wish my online system was ready that would help.
Before Nick drops out of the league he took a bubble from Felix Revis. T-Jay Hu goes three games against George Weickert (L) before giving up a donut. A's have been dishing out decisive victories over the B's.
02/15/06 Rtischev and Zeiss Return!
02/15/06 Behind on my Finances, real life called...
Anyway think I have my checkbook in working order again. It hasn't been reconciled in a very long time, so to crunch some numbers and see it in balance again is a good thing. I owe some other websites some stuff so I'll work on that tomorrow.
01/29/06 All good things must come to an end...
In inter-division play we had the Pollak brothers in the A's take on some of the B's. Abe Pollak shutdown Andres 5 and 4. Dave Pollak played a close match with 11 and 12. Anyway I'm going to refocus the schedule another time so we can wrap up division play
01/25/06 Delgado stays focused vs. Revis
I had a match vs. Felix Revis tonight at Cook. Normally I can't stay past 7:30, but I had the match in advance and I'll burn Friday. So it worked out. Anyway I played since 5:00 and I played a mix of doubles, singles, and cut-throat. I wanted to simulate a tournament, I wanted to play hard every game and see if I can keep things mentally under control for my pretend final with Felix.
Felix showed up we kind of forgot what we looked like. He got changed and started to warm-up. His warm-up was a little quick, so that opened a new branch in my game plan. I won the coin toss and opted to receive. The idea was to get the serve back quickly and start attacking. If I can mount up the points and take game one, then I can attack game two as well, while putting a lot of pressure on my opponent to win 100% of the remaining games. The plan worked I won 4 and 12.
We split two more games after the match, since we were the only one's playing and I would hate to see Felix spend $3 for just two games. Now properly warm-up he was hitting better shots. I relaxed a bit, I didn't have any open goals, but eventually got back on track to take the second game. I setup some new goals, "Ok you won the match, big deal, one game he was cold. Can you do it now that he's hot? What do you need to do Joe? What is he serving? Where is he relocating? What serves are giving him trouble? He's expecting a cross court ceiling return to his backhand, hit a DTL pass! Get him moving..." I'll tell you compared to the instinctive method this works a lot better.
I think you need both, they each serve a different role. During a rally the analysis side tells your instinctive side what to do. Instinct cannot break down a game and Analysis cannot help you get your feet set for a kill shot. I've been relying solely on instinct for a long time. I've been playing half the game.
If you read the blog, my objective was to keep control, stay in the game, and consider each of my shots. My goal was to win point by point. I still caught myself falling into instinctive-mode, but I got out of it most of the time.
We had some spectators...well passersby, I think I heard one of them say, "Yeah the guy who's hitting the ball hard..." Not to brag, but I think they were talking about me. :-) I hope they had a good show. I'm also starting to find the mechanics where I get more bang for my buck. Less effort and a lot more control and power.
01/24/06 I need to watch some damn matches!
I added some code to send out email automatically to missed matches. Probably need some tweaking.
12/22/05 A's Heating Up
12/20/05 Pollak Brothers Double Team.
Dave received a call from Abe saying he's going to be late. I didn't mind, so I played the newcomer Felix. I won 15-11, after I stopped giving him setups as Dave quickly noted. We were able to play a cut-throat that I believe I also won, so I was ready to play Abe or so I thought. Oh before I write about my second match. I felt something pretty weird during the cut-throat. I took a swing in about mid-court with both Dave and Felix behind me. On my follow-through I felt the racquet encounter some resistance. I look back and see Dave ducking out of the way. I didn't hit him, but I felt the disturbance. Felix laughed and said the "Wind tunnel effect." Hmmm, maybe. Interesting that I would feel that, it's something so subtle.
First game was pretty much even, at a time out Dave asked the score and I said 11-11. Well that perked Dave's interest. Well the first game was pretty close 15-13. There was one shot that I was proud of and I think it happened in game one. During a rally, I was a little behind Abe and in center court. I actually thought about my shot. If he's so far left, he's going to anticipate right...When the shot came, I blasted it DTL to his backhand (left). Since he leaned right, he basically just tapped the racquet on the floor and couldn't shift his weight back left. I love it when a plan comes together.
Second game, I lost my focus, and lost 15-4. I naturally wanted more from my 100th and 101st matches, but it wasn't meant to be. I keep gathering overwhelming evidence that I need to train and train hard. Thanks for the games and for coming on Sunday to play.
12/08/05 Inter-Division Play Updated.
12/07/05 Lost some posts. League Trophies again.
Each has the traditional engraving, "EQP Racquetball (2005-06) A/B/C Division Singles. 1st/2nd/3rd place. I'll double check my connections so I don't do this again. Anyway good luck and thanks for playing.
12/07/05 League Adjustments.
12/05/05 League Woes.
11/11/05 Couldn't Stop Him. Nick at 18!
It was an interesting match against Nick. First game, was pretty close. There was definitely one bad call on his part. Where I was on the left side of the court and I hit a kill shot and instead of actually moving toward the ball Nick decides to barrel into me looking for a hinder. Even though the ball would have been on its third or even fourth bounce by the time it reached me. I laughed, but agreed with the replay.
I don't know if it was seeking a justice call for a block that I called earlier where he hit the ball between him and the sidewall and I couldn't go through him or swing without hitting him. Whatever the case.
End of the first game, I see Nick stretching his back and just moving around hurt. I even offer him a chance to forfeit, but he didn't accept. Anyway he kept stretching and during the second game played as if he was nailed ot the floor.
He was more like his old self in the third game and was able to win. 13, (3), 4. I was pretty angry with myself that I let my heart get in the way of a win or at least a better effort. So outside the court while hw was laying on his back. I loomed over him, pointed my racquet at him and said, "Next time I show you mercy, you'll be dead." Sorry for saying that Nick, but I was a little angry with myself for getting off my game plan. Anyway good game.
11/11/05 Nick's Streak Continues, 17 Wins!
11/08/05 Nick "Unstoppable" Holerca Continues
Other action, we had a far sweeping match between Chris Jacquet and Silas Clark. They must have stood around and took turns letting serves go by, but Chris had a narrow win in the tie-breaker 2, (1), and 10.
11/02/05 Wheat from the Chaff
From A's, Tom Baldinger had to withdraw for personal reasons. In B's, Erik Lopez has to focus and study for a CPA exam. Art Ernst doesn't work in Edison anymore so making the trip North for a league isn't working. Miten Bhatt hurt his back.
Anyway to those who couldn't continue I want to thank you for playing and I hope to see you next league.
10/31/05 Trick or Treat for Bob Zeiss!
10/27/05 Who had the thousandth game? Who knows!
Last week, we had what may be our first A Division match between Abe and Dave Pollak. Dave recently had me restring his racquet and I've received many compliments about my stringing, but I think this is the first time I've been credited for winning a match. Dave Pollak (and my strings) won in straight games 12 and 6. As I wrote Dave, nothing beats the feel and power of new strings.
T-Jay Hu who's been struggling in the B's made a great effort against Roger Nussbaum on Monday, but Roger was still able to close in straight games 12 and 10. So far, T-Jay survived his first bubble "" match against Marv Schuldiner winning 8 and 5. Still two more to go against Bob Zeiss and Don Tietjen.
Ignacio Esteban, B's, is starting to inch up on Alex and Nick on league wins and he's already been through some of the top contenders. It'll be interesting to see. Ignacio also burst "" George Weickert's (L) only remaining bubble in three games 4, (3), and 9. So George drops down as a lefty to B's. I'll need some time to figure it all out. I might have to put Ignacio on my bubble list.
10/24/05 Some additional player profiles
Lopez, B Player
Roger Nussbaum, B Player
10/22/05 Friday was good to see
From game one I saw Marv setup some nice pinches in the front corners where T-Jay stay flat-footed. I also saw T-Jay start hitting his stride and hitting drive serves down the line and although they didn't bounce twice they were still effective. Marv also had good control of center court for a good part of the match. It was interesting and T-Jay Hu walked away with 8 and 5.
10/20/05 League Leaders
Would have to say, there's still a couple of bumps in the road for Nick and taking number one seed. The hard-hitting newcomer, Roger Nussbaum, is proving to be a solid contender. Along with Nick's nemesis Alex Rtishchev who played him in the finals last tournament. So things should heat up real soon.
So far it's been no contest for Don Tietjen in C's he already faced both of his round robin opponents in C's in league play. Think Bob Zeiss is definitely on his heels with great shot power. Marv Schuldiner also forced a third game from Don, so it could be anyone's robin. The guys still have to go through the draw and hit some bubble matches in B's. So we'll have to see how things play out.
10/20/05 Lost One Gained One in A's
10/20/05 Where's Joe?
10/20/05 League Stepping on Intramurals Turf?
10/02/05 Automatic Schedule Posted
Happy birthday Ma!
10/02/05 Pulled George out of B's
In other action had Andres Quiroz waiting around for Silas Clark until Roger Nussbaum showed up to practice. He agreed to play his match and had a great practice session with Andres. Roger walked away with the victory 8, (5), and 4. I told Roger I was pleasantly surprised.
09/30/05 A slow start, but a start nonetheless.
09/29/05 Slow Week One.
I've addressed most of the problems except one. I need to track how many courts I can safely take up and make the most of them otherwise the program will schedule everyone in two weeks and I'll have some serious headaches. Sorry for the delay, I'm working on it.
09/27/05 Registration is Closed.
09/07/05 Working for the Sixteen Players in B's.
Another round of players synopses. I gotta go make bottles, so I can only do two today and getting the pictures ready takes some work.
Alex Rtishchev, Registered.
09/07/05 Synopsis of Players (Part 1)
Baldinger (Team Head) Registered.
Dave Pollak, Registered.
Marv Schuldiner, Registered
Don Tietjen, Registered
Joseph Delgado (Team Head) Registered.
08/23/05 Players Back story
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