Omaha Vicious is a team on the rise, taking 4th place at the Chicago Open, after fighting their way out of the Challengers Division in Maryland. New Coach Todd Martinez is helping out them out with the leadership they’ve needed and they’re getting contributions from everyone on the team, especially veteran and team Captain Zach Sherman (ranked 12th Overall), their highest ranked player. Sherman put up some awesome numbers during their 4th place finish, where their core players stood out and stepped up. It always helps when you can just focus on what’s happening on the field, and Sherman’s game will continue to benefit from not having to worry about the details and game plans Martinez is coming up with.
Having a group of core team members, who produce when it counts, is one a fundamental pillar of a winning paintball team, and that’s exactly what happened in Chicago for Vicious. If they keep up their development, they could contend.
Vicious is developing multiple weapons in the first attacker, the “1”, position with the pick ups of Luis Munoz (ranked 111th Overall) and Keith Devit (not ranked), and they’re getting Phil Kahnk (ranked 15th Overall) back which will help Bryan Bortol (ranked 94th Overall) and Shane Colby (ranked 36th Overall) in up front. Trevor Resar (ranked 91st Overall) is another great option for the team up the center.
Vicious is finally starting to build different looks to throw at their competition. It’s tough to scout a team with multiple attackers, and guys who can play either side. Bortol and Kahnk both have shined in the past, and when you aren’t the only guys the team is counting on to gain ground and run opponents down when it counts, it’s allows room for mental growth.
The rookie Munoz fared well in the points he played, and looks to be a very versatile up and coming front player. He got his tryout based on his starring turn while playing for FGCU during the NCPA Championships, where he was scouted by Vicious’ current coach. Only time, and points played, will tell if he can hang in the professional divisions of the PSP, but he looked good in his first pro event.
Back players Matt Sosseman (ranked 44th Overall) and Chris Hooker (not ranked), who’s big guns and high paintball IQ could see more playing time with the way the field is laid out for the PSP West Coast Open.
With great support, one of the best coaches, a solid contributing core and young killers who wants to get reps and get better, keep a close watch on the boys from Omaha Vicious, who could finally fulfill their quest to win a professional event in 2013.
Mark your calendars for the 4th event of the 2013 PSP season, the PSP West Coast Open, brought to you live from the AB Brown Sports Complex in Riverside, CA, next week, August 16th – 18th, by Paintball Access.
Can Upton 187 Crew and the Ton Tons fight out of the Challengers Division? Will Houston Heat win their second tournament of the year? Can Dynasty make it to the finals 4 events in row? Find out the answers as the best paintball players in the world fight it out at the PSP West Coast Open!