Amherst, Washington claim top spots in Division III Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Amherst, Washington claim top spots in Division III Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Top spots: The Amherst women and Washington University men’s tennis teams both knocked off former top-ranked programs, Williams College and Emory, respectively, to capture the top spot in the Division III Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Top-ranked Amherst (15-1) lost its first match of the year to former No. 1 Williams College but has avenged that loss not once but twice in the past month with a pair of 5-4 victories over the Ephs. The Lady Jeffs have knocked off seven straight ranked opponents in their 14-match win streak. The men of Washington University (19-2) have also avenged their early loss to conference rival and former No. 1 Emory with a 5-4 defeat over the Eagles to wrap up their spring season. The two programs have a long history including Washington’s 6-3 victory over Emory in the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship and Emory’s 6-3 win against the Bears in the year’s ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championship.

Rounding out the Top 10: Following Washington in this week’s men’s top 10 are (in order): Emory, UC Santa Cruz, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Middlebury, Amherst, Kenyon, Williams, Gustavus Adolphus and Redlands. On the women's side, Amherst is followed by (in order): Williams, Emory, University of Chicago, Washington and Lee, Carnegie Mellon, Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands, Denison and Johns Hopkins.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: NESCAC – 6; UAA – 4; SCIAC – 3; NCAC and SCAC – 2; ASC, CAC, Centennial, Independent, Liberty, MIAC, NWC and USA SAC – 1. Women's Top 25: NESCAC – 5; UAA – 4; SCAC and SCIAC – 2; CAC, CCI&A, Centennial, Independent, Liberty, MIIA, MIAC, NCAC, NEWMAC, NJAC, ODAC and WIAC – 1.

Twice as Nice: Sixteen Division III schools have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside this week’s top 25.

TEAM

MEN

WOMEN

Amherst

6

1

Bowdoin

11

17

Carnegie Mellon

14

6

Chicago

18

4

Denison

22

9

DePauw

12

12

Emory

2

3

Gustavus Adolphus

9

13

Johns Hopkins

13

10

Mary Washington

17

11

Middlebury

5

15

Redlands

10

8

Skidmore

20

25

Trinity (TX)

15

22

Washington U.

1

14

Williams

8

2

Mark Your Calendar: This year's NCAA Division III Championship begins May 8-10 for both men and women with first, second and third round play at campus sites. The final eight men’s teams face off May 19-24 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. The women’s final eight teams also compete May 19-24 at Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Next Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings: The next and final national team rankings will be released on Thursday, June 4. It is important and factually accurate to include “Campbell” in the title so please remember when referring to the ITA Rankings to cite as Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.
Division III Women’s Top 25 Division III Men’s Top 25
Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Rank, school LW (4/15) Rank, school LW (4/15)
1. Amherst 6 1. Washington U. 2
2. Williams 1 2. Emory 1
3. Emory 4 3. UC Santa Cruz 4
4. Univ. of Chicago 5 4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3
5. Washington and Lee 2 5. Middlebury 6
6. Carnegie Mellon 3 6. Amherst 5
7. Pomona-Pitzer 7 7. Kenyon 8
8. Redlands 11 8. Williams 7
9. Denison 8 9. Gustavus Adolphus 10
10. Johns Hopkins 9 10. Redlands 9
11. Mary Washington 10 11. Bowdoin 11
12. DePauw 12 12. DePauw 13
13. Gustavus Adolphus 13 13. Johns Hopkins 12
14. Washington U. 14 14. Carnegie Mellon 15
15. Middlebury 15 15. Trinity (TX) 14
16. Tufts 16 16. UT-Tyler 16
17. Bowdoin 17 17. Mary Washington 17
18. UW-Whitewater 18 18. Univ. of Chicago 18
19. Wellesley 19 19. Trinity (CT) 19
20. Wheaton (IL) 20 20. Skidmore 20
21. Vassar 21 21. Kalamazoo 21
22. Trinity (TX) 22 22. Denison 23
23. College of New Jersey 23 23. North Carolina Wesleyan 22
24. Chapman 25 24. Bates 24
25. Skidmore 26 25. Cal Lutheran 27
Campbell/ITA College Tennis rankings can be found at www.itatennis.com.
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