Saturday, September 19, 2015

2015 USTA League Nationals 18 & over 4.5 Men Preview

The second weekend of Nationals is October 9-11 and has the 18 & over 3.5 and 4.5 levels competing.  I've already previewed the 18 & over 3.0 Men and Women, 4.0 Men and Women, and 5.0+ Men and Women taking place October 2-4.  Here is a preview for the 4.5 Men.

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.

There is another big range from the top to bottom with the top team having a top-8 average of a whopping 4.71, the lowest being just 4.35.

I'm sure the USTA flight assignments are somewhat random, but they have not been kind of the teams in flight 7.  Intermountain, Middle States, Midwest, and Northern Cal are in this flight and with the #3, #4, #5, and #11 rated teams, a very good team won't be making the semis.

Interestingly, flight 5 won't be a whole lot easier.  The sections here include Eastern, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Missouri Valley, and Texas, and this flight has the #2, #6, #7, #8, and #16 rated teams.

I'll list flight 8 next simply because the highest rated team is here and it is one of Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Southern, and Southwest, the other three teams rating #10, #12, and #15.

Flight 6 with Caribbean, New England, Northern, and Southern Cal has the #9, #13, #14, and #17 teams.

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.