View Full Version : How does it work?

11-09-2008, 03:41 PM
Maybe this is a stupid question, but how does a team advance, and have a chance to play for a national championship? Is it based on your season ranking? Is it like h.s. tennis where you have to win sectional, regional etc?

11-09-2008, 05:37 PM
The top 64 ranked teams make the NCAA tourney. There are a few exceptions; just as in NCAA basketball, sometimes a dark horse wins a conference tourney and gets an automatic spot, but the 64 teams in the NCAA tourney are usually the top 50 in rankings plus some small conference tourney winners, some of whom are legitimate 51-64 strength teams anyway.

The top 16 ranked teams host 4-team tourneys. In each 4-team NCAA regional, the top team plays the 4th ranked team and the 2&3 teams play each other. The winners play in the second round. This narrows the field to 16 teams.

Then, the 16 teams meet a couple of weeks later, after final exams are done, at whichever site is hosting the NCAA final 16. The teams are seeded 1-16 and #1 plays #16, #2 plays #15, etc., in a perfect bracket arrangement.

11-10-2008, 04:33 AM
Alright, thanks. However, I thought the ITA only ranked the top 25 teams. Is that wrong?

11-10-2008, 08:32 AM
Pretty sure it's the top 75 teams are ranked for D1.

11-11-2008, 04:01 PM
What about D3? Do they do the tourney differently?

11-11-2008, 09:33 PM
ITA ranks top 75. It's not BCS standing like football who rank the top 25. Like posted earlier if you win your conference you'll get into the tournament, no matter how weak your conference actually is. Also i think (not sure) but top 40 are guaranteed at spot and anything after that are up for an a large bid. So you had St. Mary's of CA who was ranked 47th and didn't make the tourney.

Coach Carter
11-20-2008, 09:47 PM
What about D3? Do they do the tourney differently?

nope...very similar. you could easily do a google search for the 2008 NCAA Tennis D3 Bracket

11-24-2008, 02:24 PM
Thanks, Coach Carter, I'll do that. However, according to a previous poster, if you win your conference, you're entered into the tourney. The college I'm looking at has one their conference multiple times, but has not played in the tourney. Why?

Coach Carter
11-24-2008, 06:22 PM
not every conference has an AQ (automatic qualifier) bid into the tournament...many don't!

11-25-2008, 05:57 AM
Ok, that makes sense. Does it have to do with the strength of the conference? The team I'm looking at is good--they've won their conference like 22 years in row--but their conference is extremely weak.