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A new UTR tournament. Anyone know how the teams were selected? Running in parallel with the NCAA D1 Championship

 
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ClarkC

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A new UTR tournament. Anyone know how the teams were selected? Running in parallel with the NCAA D1 Championship

With 64 teams in each of the men's and women's NCAA tournaments, it is no surprise that this field looks very weak.
 

jcgatennismom

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A new UTR tournament. Anyone know how the teams were selected? Running in parallel with the NCAA D1 Championship

The NIT tourney on the men's side at least is a bit of a joke. Supposedly UTR would select teams based on UTR that were not selected for NCAAs. The selected team with highest UTR is Vandy (ITA 69) with team top 6 UTR of 75.59. There were 8 teams with a higher UTR rank than Vandy that didnt play NCAAs- teams like UCF (76.87) and Miami (76.57). Probably players already had plans to fly home or werent interested in playing NIT. Two other teams have UTRs in the 74.5ish range-Liberty (ITA 77) and Denver (ITA 60). UC Davis was a team UTR of 73.20 has an ITA ranking of 84. It goes downhill from there. An NAIA team with a team UTR of 62-that is an average UTR 10, Citadel with a 6-20 record and team UTr of 63.84, Army ITA #175 with team UTR of 67.97, UC San Diego with ITA #166 and team UTR of 69.65. For the bottom 4 teams, the average player for every line is 1 UTR or more below the Vandy players. For Citadel and Reindhardt, it is is closer to 2 UTR-matches that wont even count for UTR. Too bad they didnt ask a team like Georgia Southern which had a good year-usually GA Southern is lower ranked than the other GA public MMs like GA State and Kennesaw state, but GA Southern was ITA #88 this year-in line with UC Davis. Reinhardt is a GA NAIA team but no team with a UTR under 70 should be playing in a men's NIT tourney.

How can UTR call this an elite tourney? There are about 240 D1 teams and they cant find 8 to play in the top ITA 100? Chase Hodges was probably begging teams and taking anyone who would play. I feel sorry for the better 4 teams. Elite college players usually wouldn't play UTR 10s unless they were paid hits or friends. I wonder what opportunities the players on the better teams gave up to play this tourney-vacation with family before internships, prize $ tourneys, etc. I think the NIT could be a good idea but next year start earlier on recruiting teams and have a minimum ITA or team UTR score.
 
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andfor

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Would have to talk with some coaches involved with either playing in or being invited to play the NIT. My guess is they started with the highest ranked teams that did not make the NCAA's and as teams declined worked their way down taking those who accepted.
 

Sureshot

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This looks like a one and done attempt at holding an alternative to the NCAAs. The difference in level is just too great to generate any interest amongst college tennis fans
 

ClarkC

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Alternative would be to wait until the NCAA field has narrowed down to 16 teams and give a second chance at glory to the best teams out of the 48 who were eliminated. Duke, Miami, Princeton, South Carolina et al. on the women's side are more interesting than CalPoly, Appalachian State and Stetson. Ditto for men's choices.
 

andfor

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Alternative would be to wait until the NCAA field has narrowed down to 16 teams and give a second chance at glory to the best teams out of the 48 who were eliminated. Duke, Miami, Princeton, South Carolina et al. on the women's side are more interesting than CalPoly, Appalachian State and Stetson. Ditto for men's choices.
Good idea!

Regardless of the posted short comings I’m all for the additional post season playing opportunities. Hats off to the players, coaches, AD’s and UTR for their efforts to highlight more college tennis.
 

JLyon

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Great idea from Universal Tennis. As a college coach, it was disappointing that the ITA sent an email out in early May saying that they would not accept the results from this event. This caused many teams to not participate. All in all, best of luck to the teams involved.
that's very disappointing on the ITA side, but not surprising considering they are taking the USTA approach of trying to ignore UTR hoping they go away, even though UTR helped build College Tennis in many ways the past couple years
 

silentkman

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Great idea from Universal Tennis. As a college coach, it was disappointing that the ITA sent an email out in early May saying that they would not accept the results from this event. This caused many teams to not participate. All in all, best of luck to the teams involved.
it's the end of year. Who cares what the ITA thinks?
 
it's the end of year. Who cares what the ITA thinks?
It can matter for rankings to position for the next years it’s kickoff weekend draft or get into it if you are on the fringe. But with so many transfers and player turnover each year, not sure why the current team would care outside of the coaches.
 

silentkman

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It can matter for rankings to position for the next years it’s kickoff weekend draft or get into it if you are on the fringe. But with so many transfers and player turnover each year, not sure why the current team would care outside of the coaches.
Thanks for the information.
 

FSUFan

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This year’s UTR NIT was a solid event with Tulsa winning the men’s and women’s titles. The level of teams in year 2 was much higher than year 1.
 
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