As always, the ratings used in preparing these previews are my Estimated Dynamic NTRP Ratings. And for the purposes of comparing teams, I'm calculating the average of the top-8 players on each National's roster.
The 4.0 women have one of the tighter groupings with the highest average at 4.13 and the lowest at 3.90. In fact, all but #17 have a top-8 average of 3.98 or higher. This should make for a very competitive Nationals.
Flight 1 is the 5-team flight with Caribbean, Intermountain, Middle States, Northern Cal, and Texas has the highest and lowest rated teams, but also #4, #7, and #9 so will not be a walk in the park for the top-seed due to the other teams and having to play 4 matches.
Flight 3 with Eastern, Florida, Missouri Valley, and Southern Cal has the #2, #6, #11, and #14 teams and is probably the second toughest flight.
Flight 4 has Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northern, and Southern with the #5, #8, #10, and #16 teams.
Flight 2 has Hawaii, New England, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest and has the #3 team, but then drops off with #12, #13, and #15. That #3 team seems to be a pretty big favorite, but again, the spread is not that large from #1 to #16.
If you'd like more details on any of the flights, I can generate a flight report for any of the them that will show the average rating for the roster and the top-8 average.
Or if you want to see details about a team including each player's rating and a summary of their record and courts played on the team through each phase of the season, a team report is a great resource for your team or any opponent as a tool to scout them.
Contact me if you are interested in any reports.
Note: As always, average ratings for a team does not win a team match. Who plays in the match, the line-ups and how they match-up, and how a given player plays on that day are what determine who wins. So the highest rated teams using top-8 average may or may not win, but it is interesting to look at.