While Illinois would have provided much stronger competition in the NCAA Championships, the selection process sees teams like Fairleigh Dickinson featured instead. In fact, after the first weekend of NCAA Championship play, the Knights lost 4-0 to the Virginia Cavaliers and are now out. While Virginia is a top-tier program with a lot of rich history, Fairleigh Dickinson did not win a single set. Virginia might as well have had a first-round bye.
Now, let’s look at Illinois women’s tennis and its snub from the tournament.
Despite having a strong, winning season, the Illini were excluded from this year’s NCAA Championships while many other questionable schools made it in. A prime example of this is the inclusion of Quinnipiac, who made it in as the automatic qualifier out of the MAAC. The Bobcats had a 13-8 overall record this season and provide another shining instance of why the NCAA Championships are not actually including the 64 best teams in the nation.
Illinois deserved a spot in the Championships over Quinnipiac and would have put up a much tougher fight in the tournament. The Illini finished the regular season 15-8, which many can argue on the surface is …….