INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee has selected the 64 teams and 16 first- and second-round sites for the 2016 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 13-14 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 19-24. The event will be hosted by The University of Tulsa.
“Months of hard work by all student-athletes culminate in this championship” said Laura Ludwick White, senior associate director of athletics at Drexel University and the chair of the Division I men’s and women’s committee. “There are excellent pairings
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.
The complete list of teams and sites is included on the official bracket, which is available at www.NCAA.com.
Thirty-two conferences receive automatic qualification into the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. Each conference and its automatic qualifier are listed below.
America East – Albany (New York)
American Athletic – Tulsa
Atlantic 10 – VCU
Atlantic Coast – North Carolina
Atlantic Sun – North Florida
Big East –Xavier
Big Sky – Idaho
Big South – Winthrop
Big Ten –Ohio State
Big 12 – Oklahoma State
Big West – UC Santa Barbara
Colonial – William and Mary
Conference USA – Rice
Horizon – Youngstown State
Ivy – Princeton
MAAC – Quinnipiac
Mid-American –Ball State
Mid-Eastern – South Carolina State
Missouri Valley – Wichita State
Mountain West – UNLV
Northeast – Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley – SIUE
Pac-12 – Stanford
Patriot – Boston U.
SEC – Florida
Southern – East Tennessee State
Southland – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
SWAC – Alcorn State
Summit – Denver
Sun Belt – Georgia State
West Coast – Pepperdine
WAC – UTRGV