INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 teams and 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship. Per NCAA policy, the top 16 seeds are guaranteed to host if a bid was submitted and criteria are met, and matchups between conference opponents were avoided in the first two rounds of the championship.
First- and second-round competition takes place May 12-13 or May 13-14 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 19-23. The event will be hosted by the University of Georgia.
“What started months ago with hundreds of student-athletes from 315 Division I women’s tennis teams has culminated today with 64 teams earning an invitation to the national championships,” said Marija Pientka, senior associate athletics director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the chair of the Division I women’s tennis subcommittee. “As parity in the women’s game continues to increase, the early round pairings promise to be exciting and it will be interesting to see which teams advance to the finals site in Athens, Georgia.”
The matches shall be regulation dual matches. Three doubles matches consisting of six-game sets will be played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point; played the best of three sets. No-ad scoring will be used and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) will be played at six-games-all. The team winning four or more team points advances in the championship bracket.
During the championships, all matches will be stopped after the doubles point is decided. All remaining individual matches will be stopped once a team winner (four points won) has been determined. The score will only reflect completed matches. The complete list of teams and sites is included on the official bracket, which is available at www.NCAA.com.
Thirty-one conferences receive automatic qualification into the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships. Each conference and its automatic qualifier are listed below.
|American Athletic||South Florida|
|Atlantic Coast||North Carolina|
|Big Ten||Ohio State|
|Big 12||Texas Tech|
|Big West||UC Santa Barbara|
|Colonial||William & Mary|
|Mid-Eastern||South Carolina State|
|Missouri Valley||Wichita State|
|Mountain West||San Jose State|
|Ohio Valley||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville|
|Southland||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi|
|WAC||University of Missouri-Kansas City|