Armstrong Atlantic, BYU-Hawaii claim top spots in Division II Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Armstrong Atlantic, BYU-Hawaii claim top spots in Division II Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Top spots: Armstrong Atlantic State reclaimed the top spot in the Division II men’s team rankings while undefeated BYU-Hawaii moved up one spot to No. 1 on the women’s side. Armstrong Atlantic (15-1) entered the 2009 spring season with the No. 1 ranking until Georgia College and State recorded an upset victory over the Pirates, ending their 38-match win streak and handing AASU its first regular season Peach Belt Conference loss since 2005. Since that loss, Armstrong has posted six wins against ranked teams including three wins versus the previously top three ranked teams. BYU-Hawaii (20-0) continues to roll over its competition as the Seasiders have outscored their opponents 162-6 this season, including victories over fifth-ranked West Florida and seventh-ranked Abilene Christian. Both top-ranked teams have two matches left in regular season play.

Rounding out the Top 10: Following Armstrong Atlantic in this week’s men’s top 10 is (in order): Lynn, Barry, Valdosta State, Hawaii Pacific, Georgia State and College, Ouachita Baptist, Columbus State, South Carolina-Aiken and West Florida. On the women's side, BYU-Hawaii is followed by (in order): Lynn, Armstrong Atlantic, Valdosta State, West Florida, Columbus State, Abilene Christian, Francis Marion, Rollins and UC San Diego.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: Peach Belt – 7; Sunshine State – 4; Gulf South – 3; Conference Carolinas, Lone Star and MAIAA – 2; GLIAC, GLVC, Heartland, NYCAC and Pacific West – 1. Four different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, including three from the Gulf South and four from the Peach Belt. Women's Top 25: Peach Belt and Sunshine State – 6; Gulf South – 4; Lone Star – 3; Pacific West – 2; CCAA, GLIAC, Heartland and PSAC – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, including three from the Peach Belt.

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

TEAM

MEN

WOMEN

Abilene Christian

19

7

Armstrong Atlantic State

1

3

Augusta State

24

19

Barry

3

13

Columbus State

8

6

Francis Marion

17

8

Florida Southern

14

18

Georgia College & State

6

22

Hawaii Pacific

5

15

Lynn

2

2

Northwood (MI)

12

17

Rollins

15

9

St. Edwards

23

21

Valdosta State

4

4

West Florida

10

5

Singling Out No. 1: After beginning the year ranked No. 1 in the pre-season, Armstrong Atlantic’s Sona Novakova continues to hold the top spot of the women’s singles rankings. The freshman has compiled a record of 31-2 and is also ranked seventh in doubles trailing the No. 1 duo of Elwen Li and Yuan Jia from BYU-Hawaii. Concordia’s Alex Grubin has swapped spots with pre-season No. 1 Eudaldo Bonet of Armstrong Atlantic after Grubin was victorious in the head-to-head matchup on March 4. The 2007 National Small College Division II Singles Champion has posted a 10-1 record in singles with the only loss coming at the hands of Bonet in the final of the 2008 National Small College Championships back in October.

Mark Your Calendar: This year's NCAA Division II Championship begins May 7-8 or 8-9 for both men and women with first and second round play at campus sites. The final 16 men’s and women’s teams face off May 13-19 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida, hosted by Rollins College and the Central Florida Sports Commission.

Next Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings: The next Division II national rankings will be released on Tuesday, April 5. 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 II Women’s Top 25

Division II Men’s Top 25

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Rank, school

LW (3/7)

Rank, school

LW (3/7)

1. BYU-Hawaii

2

1. Armstrong Atlantic

5

2. Lynn

4

2. Lynn

3

3. Armstrong Atlantic

1

3. Barry

1

4. Valdosta State

3

4. Valdosta State

2

5. West Florida

6

5. Hawaii Pacific

6

6. Columbus State

5

6. Georgia College & State

4

7. Abilene Christian

7

7. Ouachita Baptist

7

8. Francis Marion

9

8. Columbus State

18

9. Rollins

14

9. South Carolina-Aiken

10

10. UC San Diego

33

10. West Florida

9

11. Clayton State

10

11. Cameron

12

12. California of PA

8

12. Northwood (MI)

13

13. Barry

16

13. Concordia

15

14. Northeastern State

15

14. Florida Southern

19

15. Hawaii Pacific

11

15. Rollins

14

16. Tarleton State

13

16. Drury

8

17. Northwood (MI)

12

17. Francis Marion

11

18. Florida Southern

17

18. Lander

16

19. Augusta State

22

19. Abilene Christian

20

20. Nova Southeastern

21

20. Lees McRae

39

21. St. Edwards

20

21. Southwest Baptist

22

22. Georgia College & State

18

22. Anderson

17

23. FIT

36

23. St. Edwards

23

24. Flagler

29

24. Augusta State

21

25. Delta State

NR

25. Northwest Missouri

28

Campbell/ITA College Tennis rankings can be found at www.itatennis.com.

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