Middle States 4.5 Sectionals

tennisjon

Professional
There is a lot of variety in the lower levels of D1. My unranked D3 team had multiple court wins over a D1 team in a tournament a few years ago.
 

J_R_B

Hall of Fame
There is a lot of variety in the lower levels of D1. My unranked D3 team had multiple court wins over a D1 team in a tournament a few years ago.
You have to look no further than Mercer County's 2 D1 teams to see this:

Princeton: Top players are near 6.0 caliber, below 5.5 doesn't sniff the lineup.
Rider: Delighted to have any 5.0 caliber players, lower lineup filled with 4.5 level players (and sometimes lower in lean years).
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Princeton: Top players are near 6.0 caliber, below 5.5 doesn't sniff the lineup.
I can indirectly attest...

Many moons ago, when I was just starting out playing D1 Tennis at Seton Hall University, my first collegiate match was a scrimmage against the Princeton club team. And they took us to the wood shed. I think our #1 singles player was the only guy who won a match - he was top 25 in the country, so that probably wasn’t a big surprise. But the rest of us got straight mowed down. I remember leaving on the bus thinking, “Geez, if that’s their club team...” :)
 
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