2019 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship Information

2019 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship Dates

First Round - Friday, May 3
Hosted by Middlebury
No. 5 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed
No. 6 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

Semifinals - Saturday, May 4
Hosted by Middlebury
Winner of No. 4/5 Match vs. No. 1 Seed
Winner of No. 3/6 Match vs. No. 2 Seed

Championship - Sunday, May 5
Hosted by Middlebury
Semifinal Winners

Format

The top six teams in the conference shall qualify for the championship. The championship is a single-elimination tournament with no consolation matches. The No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed shall receive a first round bye. All matches will be played to decision.

Inclement Weather (Tentative)

In foul weather, the men's No. 4/No. 5 match will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside. The men's No. 3/No. 6 match will go on second, followed by women's No. 4/No. 5 and women's No. 3/No. 6. On Saturday in foul weather, the men's top half semifinal (winner No. 4/No. 5 match vs. No. 1) will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside. The men's bottom half semifinal will follow the men's top half semifinal. The women's top half semifinal will go on after the completion of the men's bottom half semifinal, followed by the women's bottom half semifinal. On Sunday in foul weather, the men's championship match will start at 9:00 a.m. The women's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. or one half hour after completion of the men'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.