Three Conference USA Tennis Teams Garner NCAA Selections
May 1, 2007
IRVING, Texas - Both University of Tulsa tennis programs will represent Conference USA in the 2007 NCAA Tennis Championships after receiving the league's automatics bids in reward for winning the conference crowns on April 22. The women will face Tennessee in Nashville, Tenn., in the opening round, while the men will face Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge, La., in their opening match. Rice's men's team will also represent C-USA after it received one of the 33 at-large bids handed out to the men's event. The Owls will face Texas A&M in Waco, Texas, in the first round.
First- and second-round competition will be conducted Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12 or 12-13, with the winner of each site advancing to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia.
The team championships will be held May 17-22. The teams will play a single-elimination tournament at 16 first- and second-round sites (four teams at each site) and the finals site (16-team bracket) to determine the national champion. The matches shall be regulation dual matches with three (3) eight-game, pro-set doubles played for one team point, followed by six (6) 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.
The selection of teams and individuals for the NCAA Division I Tennis Championships is based on the prescribed criteria listed in the championships handbook and approved by the Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet.
Thirty-one conferences receive automatic qualification into the 2006 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships, with 33 at-large bids handed out.
The Tulsa women are ranked No. 42 in the latest FILA/ITA rankings and carry a record of 21-4 into the postseason. The TU men are 19-6 this spring and No. 18 in the latest poll, while the Owls are No. 30 at 15-11 overall.
The complete list of teams and sites are available on www.ncaasports.com.