2020 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Information

2020 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Dates

Friday-Sunday, May 1-3, 2020
Primary site - Wesleyan
Secondary site - Amherst

Quarterfinals - Friday, May 1
Matches will be played at both sites
No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed
No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed
No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed
No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed

Semifinals - Saturday, May 2
at Wesleyan
No. 1/8 winner vs. No. 4/5 winner
No. 2/7 winner vs. No. 3/6 winner

Championship - Sunday, May 3
at Wesleyan
Semifinal winners

Format

The top eight teams in the conference shall qualify for the championship. The championship is a single-elimination tournament with no consolation matches. All matches will be played to decision.

Inclement Weather (Tentative)

Quarterfinals: In foul weather, the first match will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside unless indoor facility availability necessitates the match time be changed. Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match.

Semifinals: In foul weather, the women’s top half semifinal will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside unless indoor facility availability necessitates the match time be changed. Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match. The women’s bottom half semifinal will go on second, followed by the men’s top half semifinal and then the men’s bottom half semifinal. 

Championship: In fair or foul weather, the women’s championship match will start at 9:00 a.m. unless indoor facility availability necessitates the match time be changed. The men’s match will begin at 1:00 p.m. or one half hour after completion of the women’s final, whichever is later.

Selection

Teams will be selected and seeded based on the following criteria: 

Primary Criteria (all criteria equally weighed)

  • NESCAC win-loss record (Note: if teams play each other more than once during a season, the last match played during the academic year will be counted as the conference match in the conference standings)
  • NESCAC head-to-head with tied team(s)
  • Wins/losses against other common NESCAC opponents
  • NESCAC strength of schedule (Tournament Committee will rank order the teams in terms of strength of schedule)

Note: Only win-loss record may be used as a factor. Match score may not be used as a factor in determining seeding.

Secondary Criteria (in priority order)

  1. NESCAC win-loss record against any team in contention for selection where the primary criteria do not provide a clear rank order ("tied teams" defined as any team with at least one win against the field in consideration)
  2. Head-to-head results
  3. In the event a tie cannot be broken between two or more teams or a head-to-head result is not available, the following procedure will be used (in priority order):
  • Results vs. common Division III non-conference opponents
  • Results vs. ranked Division III teams as determined by the NCAA at the time of selection
  • Division III SOS & win-loss percentage in Division III (considered together)
  • Results vs. common non-Division III opponents
  • Latest NCAA Regional ranking

    Note: Only win-loss record may be used as a factor. Match score may not be used as a factor in determining seeding.

Tournament Committee

There will be separate men's and women's tournament committees consisting of four coaches each. Committee membership will rotate annually based on an alphabetical rotation. 

Announcement

The tournament committee will notify schools (and the Conference office) of the participating teams and seeding for the tournament. Participating teams and seeding will be posted on the NESCAC website after the committee has determined the final seeding and the appeal period has concluded.