Men's tennis: Teams announced for 2016 NCAA Division I championship
INDIANAPOLIS-- The NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 teams and 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’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 13-14 or May 14-15 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 20-24. The event will be hosted by the University of Tulsa.
“The 2015-16 men’s tennis season has been extremely competitive. This bracket is a great reflection of that competitiveness and the hard work each student-athlete and team has been putting in throughout the season. I look forward to watching as teams advance to the final site in Tulsa.” said Bobby Bayliss, the chair of the Division I men’s tennis committee and the director of tennis facilities at the University of Notre Dame.
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.
Thirty-one conferences receive automatic qualification into the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. Each conference and its automatic qualifier are listed below.
American Athletic – South Florida
Atlantic Coast – Wake Forest
Atlantic Sun –North Florida
Atlantic 10 – George Washington
Big East – St. John's (New York)
Big Sky – Weber State
Big South – Coastal Carolina
Big Ten – Ohio State
Big 12 – TCU
Big West – UC Santa Barbara
Colonial – College of Charleston
Conference USA – Rice
Horizon – Valparaiso
Ivy – Columbia
MAAC – Monmouth
Mid-American – Western Michigan
Mid-Eastern – South Carolina State
Missouri Valley – Wichita State
Mountain West – UNLV
Northeast – Bryant
Ohio Valley – Tennessee Tech
Patriot – Army West Point
SEC – Florida
Southern – East Tennessee State
SWAC – Jackson State
Summit – Denver
Sun Belt – UT Arlington
West Coast – San Diego
WAC – New Mexico State