Women's Tennis2003 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
|NCAA Championships Overview|
Three different events comprise the NCAA Championships: team, singles and doubles draws.
This year The Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla., plays host to the final 10 days of the event, which begins with the Round of 16 portion of the team championship - May 15-18 - and concludes with the simultaneous action of singles and doubles play - May 19-24. The University of Florida serves at the host institution.
The top 64 teams in the nation, as determined by the NCAA Selection Committee, begin competition at 16 regional sites on May 9, 2003. The 16 winners of each regional will travel to Gainesville for the remainder of the tournament to compete for the NCAA title.
The singles field features the top 64 players, while the doubles draw contains the top 32 tandems, also determined and seeded by the NCAA Selection Committee.
Following College Tennis
The Fall Season
Two of the three Grand Slam events also take place in the fall: the Riviera All-American (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and the Omni Hotels National Indoor Championships (Dallas, Texas).
The Spring Season
A dual match is an event between two schools that features three doubles matches and six singles matches. The coaches from each school submits a lineup with its top players squaring off against each other at the No. 1 position, its next best player at the No. 2 position and so on through the No. 6 position. The same method applies for doubles.
Each school earns one team point by winning at least two of the three doubles matches and earns an additional point for every victory in singles. The winning school of the dual match captures the best of SEVEN team points. A final score might read: UF def. UX 4-3.
To make dual matches more "fan friendly," doubles matches are scored as a pro set. The winner of a pro set is the first pair to claim eight games, while leading by two games. A tiebreaker is implemented if the games are even at 8-all. The only time the pro set scoring is not utilized is during the three doubles Grand Slam events.
Singles matches always implement the traditional scoring method, with the winner claiming two of three sets for a victory. In a dual match, if the team victor already has been determined and an agreement was established between the both coaches, a singles match entering a third set might use a 'super-tie-breaker' in place of a third set to establish the individual winner. The two acceptable methods of displaying that result: 1-6, 6-2, (10-8), or 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8).
During mid-February, the National Team Indoor Championships are held in Madison, Wis. Sixteen (16) of the nation's best teams compete in dual matches for the indoor title. Duke defeated Florida 4-3 to win this year's crown.
The NCAA Championships (hard surface) is the final collegiate event contested each year.
Collegiate Grand Slam Events
Division I Regional rankings are released twice a year (fall and year-end). The top 15 teams, top 30 singles players and top 15 doubles teams are ranked for men and women in each of the eight ITA regions.