Sunday, June 17, 2018

Seattle area teams headed to 2018 Pacific Northwest USTA League 18 & Over Sectionals

The 18 & Over local playoffs were held in the Seattle area and teams are headed to PNW Sectionals to be held August 10-12 in Portland.

I believe that at each level, the winner of local playoffs advances plus the finalist as a wildcard.  This can influence the finals as teams don't have to win to advance and sometimes will use the match to get more players a playoff match.

The 2.5 women saw #3 RBW-Harnish and #1 HBSQ-The All Nets-Flock play in the final, RBW taking a 2-1 win, all the matches in straight sets.

The 3.0 men's final had two ETC teams, #1 Blasko vs #4 Lash, and Blasko got the 5-0 win.

The women's 3.0 final had #1 RBW-Sakoda playing #3 AYTC-Serve Us A Double-Thomas with RBW winning 3-2, all three wins in fairly easy straight sets.

The men's 3.5 final had #1 seed RBW-Chan playing #3 MC-Fight Club-Vashist and it was a 5-0 win for RBW.

The 3.5 women saw #4 TCSP-Alexis Olympia FC-Miller facing #5 RBW-Moskos and pulling out a 3-2 win, one of the courts in a match tie-break.

At 4.0, the men's final had #3 MI-Sedlacek taking out #1 PSC-Smashers-Volli-Tortop in a close 3-2 win, one court in a match tie-break.

And the 4.0 women had #4 AYTC-Hood playing #1 PSC-Tzeng in the final and AYTC taking a 4-1 win.

For the 4.5 men, two AYTC teams played, #1 AYTC-4.5 o'clock somewhere-Reni taking the 5-0 win over #2 Frosted Tips-Grayson.

The 4.5 women had #4 AYTC-Godfrey playing #1 NTC-Sutter and NTC taking the 5-0 win.

Last, at the 5.0+ level, the men had #3 BETC-Brown facing #4 FC-Basha Tennis and FC taking the 2-1 win.

Congratulations to all.  Good luck at Sectionals!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Breaking News for Seattle! New league for 2019 and wildcard weekend for 2019 Northwest Washington local playoffs

I just wrote about the upcoming 18 & Over local playoffs taking place in Seattle this weekend, and I happened upon the 2019 league schedule that has been posted.

For the most part, the schedule is the same as we are accustom to.

Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over are both early start leagues that will be play September thru November/December with playoffs at the start of December.

Adult 40 & Over as well as 18 & Over will be played as this year, January thru March and March thru June respectively.  Similarly, Mixed 40 & Over will be June thru August like this year, One Doubles will be a Summer league, 65 & Over will be in the Spring, and Mixed 55 & Over will be in the summer.

But there are two big new things that have shown up on the schedule.

First is a new 18-39 coed league.  As noted above, those over the age of 40 have their Adult league the first three months of the year, but those under 40 are left out.  This new league will be run during the same period and use the World Team Tennis format of doubles for men and women, singles for men and women, and a mixed doubles match, so 5 matches total.

Alas, I'm over 40 so won't be able to take part, but I'll be interested to see how the league goes and what participation is.  I think this league is being rolled out in other areas and sections too so I'll write more about it as I learn more, but please contact me or leave a comment with what you think or if your area is adopting this league.

Second, our local playoffs for Adult 18 & Over and 40 & Over were a bit smaller this year with fewer sub-flight second place teams advancing, but this appears to be going back to normal with all second place teams advancing.  In order to accomplish this there will be a new "Wildcard Weekend" a week before the local playoffs actually take place and complete.  Expanding the time the matches can be played over makes more courts available which I think is a great way to address the issue.  Thanks Jill for listening to feedback and coming up with a solution!

My understanding is that the wildcard weekend will be played more like local league matches at the home team's respective facility and not part of a block of matches at a designated playoff site as the actual playoffs will continue to be.  I don't see a problem with this and hope, and think it will, works well.

What do you think?  Do you like these changes?  I have to say I do as they are great ways to provide more playing opportunities for players in our area, and other areas that adopt similar approaches.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Seattle area 18 & Over local playoffs this weekend - A quick preview

Local, state, and even sectional playoffs are taking place in several places around the country in June.  In my neck of the woods in Seattle, our 18 & Over local playoffs start this Wednesday and are played through the weekend.

Note that these playoffs are a bit smaller than past years as not every 2nd place team in each flight advanced, in some cases just one, so some good teams may not have even made these playoffs.

Here are some quick previews using my ratings' and the top averages for each team to seed them.

The 2.5 women have 5 teams so there is a "play in" game on Wednesday to get to the semis, and interestingly my #2 seed is playing in that match.  It could make the semi on Saturday very competitive.

The 3.0 men have 4 teams in the semis to both be played Saturday, and my #1 and #2 seeds play in one match, one being the wildcard, while #3 and #4 play in the other.

The women's 3.0 draw is the largest with 8 teams, so every team will have to win two matches to make the final and get a bid to Sectionals.  For the most part, my seeds match the draw so the top-teams have a good chance to win their quarter-final matches on Friday and make the semis and decide things there if things go by the numbers.

The men's 3.5 draw has 5 teams so another "play in" game also on Wednesday, my seeds also nearly a perfect match to the draw.  The top teams have a good chance to make the final, but the #2 seed has a lot tougher road than the #1 seed.

The 3.5 women is another 8 team draw and this one looks to have a lot of opportunity for upsets.  In two of the matches, my ratings have a pretty clear upset predicted, and the top-2 seeds could face each other in a semi-final.

The men's 4.0 draw has a "play in" game too, and does have my #2 seed playing on Friday.  And other than the top seed, the teams are grouped very close so there could be some competitive matches.

The 4.0 women has 6 teams so two quarter-finals on Saturday, and my top seed is playing in one, and my #4 seed has a bye into the semis.

The 4.5 men is a simple 4 teams in the semis, and the draw matches my seeds, although one semi has near equals playing what should be a close match.

The 4.5 women is also 4 teams, but here my clear top-2 seeds are playing in one semi, so a weaker on paper team is going to make the final and get a bid to Sectionals.

Last, the 5.0 men have 4 teams and my top-2 teams are on opposite sides of the draw so can make the final against each other.

For those teams wanting more details on their opponents, I can do flight reports or team reports on any and all teams.  Contact me if interested.

Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 USTA League playoffs continue - Just played and upcoming events

It is June, and more areas have played or will soon by playing local or district/state playoffs.  A few even have Sectionals just played or to be played soon.

In Southern, Kentucky just held their 40 & Over States and has 18 & Over to be played in three weeks.  Arkansas just finished part two of both their 18 & Over and 40 & Over States.  Georgia is finishing their 40 & Over States today and has 55 & Over next weekend.  Mississippi has their 40 & Over States coming up next weekend and Louisiana has their 18 & Over played over the next two weekends.  North Carolina has their 18 & Over States in two weeks followed by the 40 & Over the following week.  So it is a busy month in Southern.

Florida held 40 & Over Mixed Sectionals part 1 this past weekend and has part 2 in three weeks, and finishes the delayed 55 & Over Sectionals in two weeks.

This coming weekend has Southern California holding their 40 & Over Sectionals.

And in what I've written on the past few weeks, I missed that Southwest held their 40 & Over Sectionals last month so along with NorCal 40 & Over, some teams are already headed to Nationals!

In my area, Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, the 18 & Over regular season just finished and local playoffs are in two weeks.  Elsewhere in the PNW, Eastern Washington has their 40 & Over playoffs in three weeks, and 55 & Over Sectionals are at the end of the month.

What have I missed?  Do you have any playoffs scheduled for June?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Previewing 2018 USTA League Nationals - The top women's 40 & Over 4.5+ teams

Most sections and areas are now playing their USTA League regular seasons, some have even completed them and had local or state/district playoffs.  So it seems like a good time to take a look at who the top teams are and who may be vying to make it to Sectionals and Nationals.

The metric I'll be using is the top-8 average for each team using my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings and for these lists include the top-40 teams and ties.  And to keep a little intrigue and anonymity, I'll be listing the area for the teams but not the team names.  Contact me if you are interested in a report with the team specifics and more details.

I started the 40 & Over division with the 4.0 men and women3.5 men and women, 3.0 men and women, 4.5+ men, and now the 4.5+ women.

RankLocationAverage
1SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20184.61
1SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20184.61
1SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - LOW COUNTRY-LCTA4.61
4SO. CALIFORNIA / SAN DIEGO4.58
5FLORIDA / REGION_2 / DUVAL4.57
5NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - UP4.57
5NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - DN4.57
8NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - MP4.55
8FLORIDA / REGION_6 / SOUTH PALM BEACH4.55
8FLORIDA / REGION_3 / PINELLAS4.55
8FLORIDA / REGION_6 / SOUTH PALM BEACH4.55
8SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20184.55
8PACIFIC NW / NORTHERN OREGON4.55
14NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - LP4.54
14NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - MB4.54
14NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - MA4.54
17SO. CALIFORNIA / SAN DIEGO4.53
17SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20184.53
17NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - MP4.53
17SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / SAN GABRIEL VALLEY4.53
21TEXAS / DALLAS4.52
21NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - SA4.52
23SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / SAN FERNANDO VALLEY4.51
24NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - UP4.50
24FLORIDA / REGION_6 / INDIAN RIVER/MARTIN/ST. LUCIE4.50
24SOUTHERN / NORTH CAROLINA / NC - METRO (Chl)4.50
24NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - MA4.50
24NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - UP4.50
24TEXAS / DALLAS4.50
30PACIFIC NW / SOUTHERN OREGON4.49
30SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / ORANGE COUNTY4.49
30NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - SA4.49
30NORTHERN / NORTHERN / TWIN CITIES - 20184.49
34FLORIDA / REGION_8 / BROWARD4.48
34MIDDLE STATES / PHILADELPHIA4.48
34SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / ORANGE COUNTY4.48
34SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / SAN GABRIEL VALLEY4.48
38NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - SA4.47
38NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - DS4.47
38FLORIDA / REGION_54.47
38NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 4.5 - SA4.47
38TEXAS / DALLAS4.47
38SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / BEACH CITIES4.47
38PACIFIC NW / NORTHERN OREGON4.47

Southern, NorCal, and Florida dominate the top again.  But just one team will advance from Nationals from each, so this speaks more to the competition there will be at Sectionals.

If you are interested in a report like the above with even more information for your local league flight or to scout any level of playoffs, a flight report will fit the bill.  Not only will you get the top-8 average for each team, but the overall average and a summary showing how each team has played their courts so you can see if they are stronger/weaker in singles vs doubles and if they tend to stack or not.  Contact me if interested.

Previewing 2018 USTA League Nationals - The top men's 40 & Over 4.5+ teams

Most sections and areas are now playing their USTA League regular seasons, some have even completed them and had local or state/district playoffs.  So it seems like a good time to take a look at who the top teams are and who may be vying to make it to Sectionals and Nationals.

The metric I'll be using is the top-8 average for each team using my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings and for these lists include the top-40 teams and ties.  And to keep a little intrigue and anonymity, I'll be listing the area for the teams but not the team names.  Contact me if you are interested in a report with the team specifics and more details.

I started the 40 & Over division with the 4.0 men and women, and 3.5 men and women, 3.0 men and women, now the 4.5+ men.

RankLocationAverage
1SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20184.68
2SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - HILTON HEAD-HH4.67
2EASTERN / METROPOLITAN REGION / Manhattan4.67
4FLORIDA / REGION_54.64
4NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.5 - SF4.64
4FLORIDA / REGION_3 / PINELLAS4.64
7NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.5 - DS4.63
7NORTHERN / NORTHERN / TWIN CITIES - 20184.63
7SOUTHERN / NORTH CAROLINA / NC - WESTERN NC (Mtn)4.63
10NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.5 - EB4.62
10SOUTHERN / TENNESSEE / TN - MEMPHIS4.62
10SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - LOW COUNTRY-LCTA4.62
13FLORIDA / REGION_4 / ORANGE/SEMINOLE/LAKE4.61
13SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / ORANGE COUNTY4.61
13SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20184.61
13SOUTHERN / NORTH CAROLINA / NC - LAKE NORMAN4.61
13NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.5 - SM4.61
13MID ATLANTIC / MARYLAND / MONTGOMERY COUNTY4.61
19MISSOURI VALLEY / HEART OF AMERICA / Heart Of America Leagues4.60
19SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / ORANGE COUNTY4.60
19TEXAS / AUSTIN4.60
19FLORIDA / REGION_7 / COLLIER4.60
19SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / ORANGE COUNTY4.60
19SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / SANTA BARBARA4.60
19NORTHERN / NORTHERN / TWIN CITIES - 20184.60
19NORTHERN / NORTHERN / TWIN CITIES - 20184.60
27NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.5 - EB4.59
27TEXAS / DALLAS4.59
29TEXAS / DALLAS4.58
29NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.5 - FA4.58
29SO. CALIFORNIA / SAN DIEGO4.58
29SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / ORANGE COUNTY4.58
29TEXAS / DALLAS4.58
29SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / ORANGE COUNTY4.58
29SOUTHERN / NORTH CAROLINA / NC - LAKE NORMAN4.58
36SOUTHERN / NORTH CAROLINA / NC - ENO RIVER (Dur)4.57
36FLORIDA / REGION_3 / HILLSBOROUGH4.57
36NO. CALIFORNIA / Men's 4.5 - MA4.57
36TEXAS / AUSTIN4.57
36PACIFIC NW / NORTHWEST WASHINGTON4.57

This is a plus league so these teams do have 5.0s rostered and that is part of the reason for the higher numbers, but there are some good teams notably from Southern, Florida, and Northern California.

If you are interested in a report like the above with even more information for your local league flight or to scout any level of playoffs, a flight report will fit the bill.  Not only will you get the top-8 average for each team, but the overall average and a summary showing how each team has played their courts so you can see if they are stronger/weaker in singles vs doubles and if they tend to stack or not.  Contact me if interested.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Previewing 2018 USTA League Nationals - The top women's 40 & Over 3.0 teams

Most sections and areas are now playing their USTA League regular seasons, some have even completed them and had local or state/district playoffs.  So it seems like a good time to take a look at who the top teams are and who may be vying to make it to Sectionals and Nationals.

The metric I'll be using is the top-8 average for each team using my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings and for these lists include the top-40 teams and ties.  And to keep a little intrigue and anonymity, I'll be listing the area for the teams but not the team names.  Contact me if you are interested in a report with the team specifics and more details.

I started the 40 & Over division with the 4.0 men and women, and 3.5 men and women, 3.0 men, and now the 3.0 women.

RankLocationAverage
1NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.0 - MA3.36
2SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20183.25
3SOUTHWEST / SOUTHERN ARIZONA3.17
4SOUTHWEST / NORTHERN NEW MEXICO3.16
4SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - CLARKE OCONEE - COTA - 20183.16
6MISSOURI VALLEY / OKLAHOMA / OKLAHOMA CITY3.15
6SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - BIRMINGHAM - 20183.15
8SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - LEXINGTON-LATA3.14
9NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN CONNECTICUT3.13
10MISSOURI VALLEY / IOWA3.11
10TEXAS / FORT WORTH3.11
10TEXAS / SAN ANTONIO3.11
10MID ATLANTIC / VIRGINIA / NOVA3.11
14SOUTHERN / LOUISIANA / LA - NEW ORLEANS3.10
14SOUTHERN / GEORGIA / GA - ATLANTA - 20183.10
14SOUTHERN / TENNESSEE / TN - NASHVILLE3.10
14FLORIDA / REGION_8 / SOUTH MIAMI/DADE3.10
14SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - GREENVILLE-FTA3.10
14SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - GREENVILLE-UPTA3.10
20NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.0 - SF3.09
20TEXAS / FORT WORTH3.09
20SOUTHERN / KENTUCKY / KY - LOUISVILLE3.09
20NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.0 - DN3.09
20SO. CALIFORNIA / SO.CALIFORNIA / BEACH CITIES3.09
25MISSOURI VALLEY / HEART OF AMERICA / Heart Of America Leagues3.08
25MIDWEST / WISCONSIN / MADISON3.08
25SOUTHERN / ALABAMA / AL - TUSCALOOSA3.08
25MIDWEST / OHIO VALLEY / CHARLESTON3.08
25TEXAS / SAN ANTONIO3.08
30NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.0 - SA3.07
30SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - FLORENCE-PD3.07
30NEW ENGLAND / NORTHERN CONNECTICUT3.07
30NEW ENGLAND / SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT / Southern CT3.07
30MISSOURI VALLEY / HEART OF AMERICA / Heart Of America Leagues3.07
35SOUTHERN / ARKANSAS / AR - CENTRAL LITTLE ROCK3.06
35SOUTHERN / ARKANSAS / AR - CENTRAL LITTLE ROCK3.06
35SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - BEAUFORT COUNTY- CCTA3.06
35MIDWEST / OHIO VALLEY / COLUMBUS3.06
35NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.0 - DS3.06
35NO. CALIFORNIA / Women's 3.0 - DN3.06
35SOUTHWEST / NORTHERN NEW MEXICO3.06
35SOUTHERN / SOUTH CAROLINA / SC - GREENVILLE-UPTA3.06

Like for the men, there are several early start Southern teams with players who are now 3.5s, but Northern California leads the way with a team with a whopping 3.36 top-8 average, but guess what?  They didn't even make it to Sectionals let alone win there so they won't be at Nationals.  Perhaps they had availability issues, but two of their top-8 didn't play at all at Districts and their top-2 only played 2 of the 3 matches.  That is why the matches are played and not just figured on paper by the ratings!

If you are interested in a report like the above with even more information for your local league flight or to scout any level of playoffs, a flight report will fit the bill.  Not only will you get the top-8 average for each team, but the overall average and a summary showing how each team has played their courts so you can see if they are stronger/weaker in singles vs doubles and if they tend to stack or not.  Contact me if interested.