Emory, Williams remain No. 1 in Division III Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Emory, Williams remain No. 1 in Division III Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Top spots: Emory and Williams held on to the top spot in the Division III Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Over the past week and a half Williams College has proven why it has earned the top spot with four wins over opponents ranked in the top 20, including an impressive 5-4 victory against second-ranked Washington and Lee. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Ephs as their next six matches are all against top 20 competition. Emory is 13-1 this spring including eight wins over opponents ranked in the top 20, two of which were recorded en route to Emory’s third ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor title. The Eagles have three matches remaining as they host fifth-ranked Williams College this week and close out their schedule at NAIA powerhouse Auburn University-Montgomery on April 17.

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

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: NESCAC – 6; UAA – 4; NCAC, SCAC and SCIAC – 2; ASC, CAC, Centennial, Independent, Liberty, MIAC, NWC, ODAC and USA SAC – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, with the NESCAC claiming four of the top 11 spots. Women's Top 25: NESCAC – 5; UAA – 4; SCAC and SCIAC – 2; CAC, CCI&A, Centennial, IIAC, Independent, MIAC, NCAC, NEWMAC, NJAC, NWC, ODAC and WIAC – 1. Seven different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, with the UAA claiming three of the top five spots.

March Madness: After becoming the only school to produce the NCAA tennis and basketball champion in the same year last year, Washington University (St. Louis) looks to repeat the feat again in 2009 as the Bears captured their second consecutive Division III Men’s Basketball National title. On the women’s side, three of the four schools to make it to the Final Four also boast a Top 25 tennis program in Amherst, College of New Jersey and Washington University.

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

7

6

Bowdoin

11

18

Carnegie Mellon

14

3

Chicago

20

5

Denison

19

9

DePauw

18

13

Emory

1

4

Gustavus Adolphus

10

17

Johns Hopkins

13

8

Mary Washington

16

10

Middlebury

6

15

Redlands

8

11

Trinity (TX)

15

20

Washington U.

2

12

Washington and Lee

21

2

Williams

5

1

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 national team rankings will be released on Tuesday, April 14. 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 (3/17)

Rank, school

LW (3/17)

1. Williams

1

1. Emory

1

2. Washington and Lee

2

2. Washington U.

2

3. Carnegie Mellon

3

3. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

3

4. Emory

7

4. UC Santa Cruz

8

5. Univ. of Chicago

4

5. Williams

5

6. Amherst

6

6. Middlebury

4

7. Pomona-Pitzer

8

7. Amherst

6

8. Johns Hopkins

21

8. Redlands

10

9. Denison

5

9. Kenyon

9

10. Mary Washington

9

10. Gustavus Adolphus

7

11. Redlands

14

11. Bowdoin

11

12. Washington U.

15

12. UT-Tyler

14

13. DePauw

16

13. Johns Hopkins

17

14. Tufts

11

14. Carnegie Mellon

13

15. Middlebury

13

15. Trinity (TX)

12

16. UW-Whitewater

24

16. Mary Washington

15

17. Gustavus Adolphus

18

17. Trinity (CT)

16

18. Bowdoin

12

18. DePauw

18

19. Wellesley

10

19. Denison

23

20. Trinity (TX)

17

20. Univ. of Chicago

24

21. Wheaton (IL)

27

21. Washington and Lee

19

22. Coe

19

22. Skidmore

20

23. College of New Jersey

22

23. North Carolina Wesleyan

NR

24. Vassar

23

24. Bates

22

25. Chapman

30

25. Whitman

21

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

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