Friday, September 18, 2015

2015 USTA League Nationals 18 & over 4.0 Women Preview

USTA Nationals start in just two weeks, on October 2nd, for the 18 & over 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0+ levels.  Here is a preview of the 4.0 Women flights.

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.