Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by pgreg, May 26, 2010.
What are your opinions on the different levels amongst the 3 Divisions. How big are the gaps?
Reasonably big. Wash U, a top 10 Div III team, played Drury University, a top 30 DII school. Drury won reasonably easily, 6-3. There are other examples, but a good DIII school can beat a mediocre DII school (or weak DI school), and so on...
That's not very easy in college tennis.
I watched this match, and there was really never any doubt that Drury was going to win, from beginning to end.
For #17 DII against #7 DIII, 6-3 sounds about right.
Tennis is competely unlike the major sports (football, basketball) at the college level. In basketball you'll see a DIII team beat a very weak DI team maybe once or twice a year, and even then it's usually something of a fluke.
There are several teams in DII and DIII that would be nationally ranked if you put them in DI. Most ranked DII and DIII teams could take most average/below average DI teams, even though DIII schools do not award athletic scholarships. Christopher Newport, a DIII team which spent most of the season unranked and is now around #30, beat 3 DI schools comfortably earlier in the year.
Gap is the wrong word. There is a lot of overlap. That is because the quality of tennis in each division has such a wide range due to differences in budget and recruiting. There are some REALLY bad DI teams and there are some REALLY good DII and DIII teams. I'd say the difference is that generally there are a lot more decent/good DI teams out there than there are DII or DIII teams. Head-to-head, if schools are comparably ranked in their division you can say there's a gap (e.g. a top 5 DI school vs. a top 5 DII or DIII school), but you can't say there's a gap between divisions as a whole.
^^ This is very true.
Well said Goran!
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