For the second consecutive year, the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, will serve as the host facility for student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and JUCO, all competing in the 2018 ITA Cup.
Formerly known as the Small College Nationals and Oracle ITA Cup, the ITA Cup has history dating back to 1986, and it is the only singles and doubles national championship event for the Division II and NAIA levels. This year, more than 8,000 players took part in a total of 60 regional tournaments to gain entry into the ITA Cup field.
Each division represented will feature eight singles players and eight doubles teams, competing in their respective draws.
Each of the four divisional singles champions (Division II, Division III, NAIA and JUCO) will be automatically entered in the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which takes place November 7-11, in Surprise, Arizona, providing the student-athletes the opportunity to compete in the same tournament as the nation's top Division I players.
In previous years, only one singles player had earned that distinction, by winning the "Super Bowl" or "Oracle Cup", which pitted the four divisional winners against each other for the right to play in the fall season's final tournament. In 2017, the format changed, with each of the four divisional singles champions (Divisions II, III, NAIA and JUCO) per gender earning a spot in the fall finale.
Men's and women's doubles will still take part and compete for the ITA Cup, with the winners of those two (one men's, one women's) draws moving on to the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
Head to the ITA Cup event page to view draws, daily recaps, photo gallery links, as well as find live scoring and video information. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter by following @ITA_Tennis and using the hashtag #ITACup.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Oracle jointly announce that the men's and women's singles finals of the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships on November 11, 2018, from the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona, will be available to a national audience LIVE via ESPN3 and on the ESPN app, and later aired on ESPNU Tuesday, November 13th at 3 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT, for the women's final and 5 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. PDT, for the men's final.
This announcement marks the second time in 2018 that the men's and women's singles finals of an ITA National Championship will air on ESPN3 and ESPNU, with September's 2018 Oracle ITA Masters from the Malibu Racquet Club in Malibu, California, serving as the inaugural televised event.
"We are thrilled and thankful to once again be working alongside ESPN to bring our exceptional college tennis product to a national audience," said ITA Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Russell. "The Oracle ITA National Fall Championships serves as the culmination of the fall portion of the college tennis season, and along with our friends at Oracle, we at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association are looking forward to putting on a first-class event for our student-athletes, coaches and fans at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona."
ESPNU is the premiere destination for collegiate sports with over 76 million subscribers and televises over 650 live collegiate events annually including extensive coverage of NCAA Championship events. The ESPN App, which carries ESPN3, the No. 1 most popular sports app, is an all-in-one digital sports platform for fans worldwide. Providing a rich, increasingly personalized experience across mobile and OTT devices, the ESPN App curates all of ESPN's incredible sports content into an experience unique to each fan's interests and tastes.
The women's singles final will kick off the live streaming coverage at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT, with the men's singles championship slated for an approximate 12 p.m. PDT/3 p.m. EDT, start.
The 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which takes place November 7-11, at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, serves as the culminating event of the fall portion of the collegiate tennis season. The national tournament features 128 of the nation's top collegiate singles players (64 men and 64 women) and 64 doubles teams (32 men's teams and 32 women's teams). In its second year, having replaced the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the lone event on the collegiate tennis calendar to feature competitors from all five divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO) playing in the same tournament.
About the ITA: The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees women's and men's varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men's and women's varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram.
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About ESPNU: ESPNU launched March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 650 live events annually. Action includes a variety of top football and men's and women's basketball games, as well as Olympic sports from 26 Division I conferences. ESPNU is the destination for premier collegiate and high school programming, including elite football, basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse events. ESPNU, as part of ESPN's wide-ranging agreement with the NCAA, has extensive coverage of NCAA Championship events.