Championship field chosen
Final 16 teams to compete for title May 18-22 in Athens, Ga.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 teams and 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. Per new NCAA policy, the top-16 seeds were guaranteed to host, and matchups between conference opponents were avoided in the first two rounds of the championship.
“We are excited that the championship has a true national feel to it, with each of the top-16 teams hosting the first two rounds of the tournament and with the new provision in place that prevents conference opponents from playing one another in the early stages of the championship,” said Cathy Beene, the associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Georgia Southern, and chair of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee. “This gives the potential for the country’s top teams to gather in Athens to play for the national title, which is what we think every stakeholder wants. We are looking forward to some outstanding tennis over the next couple of weeks.”
First- and second-round competition takes place May 11-13 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 18-22. The event will be hosted by the University of Georgia.
The matches shall be regulation dual matches with three eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six singles matches, each valued at one team point, played best of three sets. Regular scoring will be used and a 12-point tiebreaker will be played at eight games all in doubles and at six games all in singles.
|Atlantic 10||George Washington|
|Atlantic Sun||East Tennessee State|
|Big Sky||Sacramento State|
|Big West||Cal Poly|
|Mid American||Western Michigan|
|Mid Eastern||South Carolina State|
|Mountain West||Boise State|
|Ohio Valley||Eastern Kentucky|
|Pacific 12||Southern California|
|Southern||College of Charleston|
|Sun Belt||Middle Tennessee|