Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 USTA League Nationals 18 & over 4.5 Women 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 3.5 Men and 4.5 Men, and here is a preview for the 4.5 Women.

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 a healthy range from the top to bottom with the top team having a top-8 average of a whopping 4.59, the lowest being just 4.35.

Flight 4 with Caribbean, Middle States, New England, and Texas does not have the highest rated teams, but may be the toughest flight to get out of with the #5, #6, #7, and #10 rated teams.

Flight 3 with Florida, Missouri Valley, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest is the next strongest with the #1 and #2 rated teams, but also has the #14 and #17 teams.

Flight 2 with Hawaii, Northern, Southern, and Southern California is similar with the #3 and #4 teams, but also #12 and #15.

Flight 1 with Eastern, Intermountain, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Northern California will be competitive with the #8, #9, #11, #13, and #16 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.