TEMPE, Ariz. – 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.