Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 USTA Nationals 18 & over 3.5 Preview

More Nationals continue this weekend, the 18 & over 3.5 men and women playing in Tucson.

For the women, the first flight finds Florida, Texas, Pacific Northwest, Northern Cal, and Missouri Valley vying for a semi-final slot.  Interestingly, only Florida went undefeated in their regular season, so are they the favorite?

The next flight has Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Hawaii, and Northern.  None of these teams went undefeated in the regular season.

Next, Middle States, Southern, New England, and Southern Cal will be playing round robin with Mid-Atlantic the only regular season undefeated team.

The last flight has Caribbean, Southwest, Intermountain, and Eastern.  Just Intermountain was undefeated here, although Eastern used points per court so didn't keep track of wins/losses.

For the men, the five team flight has Texas, Middle States, Northern Cal, Intermountain, and Northern.  NorCal and Intermountain were both undefeated in the regular season so this could be a hard fought flight, and Texas is usually formidable too.

The second flight has Florida, Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest, all but Mid-Atlantic being undefeated in the regular season.

Next is Southern, Missouri Valley, New England, and SoCal, all but New England were undefeated.

Last, PNW, Hawaii, Midwest, and Eastern line up and Hawaii and Midwest didn't have any regular season losses.

Interestingly, both teams from Southern are from not just the same state and city, but the same club!  Birmingham seems to be the center of 3.5 tennis in the South!

Good luck teams.