Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2015 USTA League Nationals 40 & over 4.5+ Women Preview

The fourth weekend of Nationals is October 23-25 and has two more 40 & over divisions being contested.  I've already previewed the 3.5 Men and Women, here is a preview of 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 fairly big range from the top team's 4.68 down to 4.36.  But being a plus league, how many and where your 5.0 player's rate makes a big difference here.

The flights are actually quite balanced, so I'll just go through them in order.

Flight 1 has Caribbean, Eastern, Hawaii, New England, and Texas and comprises the #2, #5, #6, #11, and #14 teams.

Flight 2 has Northern, Pacific Northwest, Southern, and Southwest which includes the #3, #7, #12, and #17 teams.

Flight 3 has Mid-Atlantic, Middle States, Missouri Valley, and Southern Cal comprising the #4, #9, #10, and #16 teams.

Flight 4 has Florida, Intermountain, Midwest, and Northern Cal which includes the #1, #8, #13, and #15 teams.

So the top-4 seeds are all in different flights and could in theory all reach the semis.  We'll see if that happens.

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.