Northwestern, Stanford claim top spots in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Northwestern, Stanford claim top spots in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Mijacika, Farah top spots in singles,
Wake Forest and Fresno State No. 1 in doubles

Top spots: For the seventh consecutive week, the Northwestern women remain No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings and are joined at the top spot by the Stanford men. This is the point in the season when the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings switch from a poll to a computer point-per-match formula, which causes several changes throughout the rankings. The Wildcats have claimed the top spot in 17 of the past 18 rankings. The only time they were not ranked No. 1 in that span was in the 2008 final team rankings, which vaulted NCAA Champion UCLA to the top spot. Stanford returns to No. 1 for the first time since February 13, 2002. After recording two upset victories over Florida and Texas at the ITA National Men’s Team Indoors, the Cardinal continue to roll over top-ranked teams, upsetting then No. 4 USC and No. 7 UCLA on the road in a sweep of the Pac-10 L.A. schools last weekend, something Stanford has not accomplished since the 2006 season.

Rounding Out the Top 10: On the women's side, Northwestern is followed by (in order): Georgia, Notre Dame, Duke, Baylor, Miami (FL), California, Georgia Tech, Clemson and USC. For the men, following Stanford is: Virginia, Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, USC, Florida and Mississippi. Clemson jumped five spots to No. 9, replacing UCLA in the women’s top 10 while Illinois and Florida moved up from No. 11 and 12, respectively, replacing UCLA and Baylor in the men’s top 10.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC – 6; Pac-10 – 5; Big Ten – 4; ACC and Big 12 – 3; Big East – 2; Conference USA and WCC - 1. Five different conferences placed at least one team in the top six, with the SEC claiming five of the top 11 spots. Women's Top 25: ACC – 8; Pac-10 – 6; SEC – 4; Big 12, Big Ten and WAC – 2; Big East – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the top seven, with the ACC claiming four of the top nine spots.

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

TEAM                 Men     Women
- Baylor                12             5
- Florida State       15            17
- Georgia               4              2
- Kentucky            11            14
- Notre Dame         25            3
- Stanford               1             13
- Tennessee           5             12
- UCLA                 13             11
- USC                    8             10
- Virginia                2             20
- Wake Forest       23            21
- Washington         22            23

Top 25 Newcomers: The switch from poll to computer rankings has shaken up the top 25 on both the men’s and women’s side. For the women, Boise State made the biggest jump, shooting from No. 46 last week, to No. 25 this week. LSU, Virginia, Washington and Texas A&M are also newcomers to the women’s top 25, at Nos. 18, 20, 23 and 24, respectively. On the men’s side, five teams vaulted 17 spots or more and into the top 25 led by Minnesota, which rose an impressive 24 spots from No. 48 to No. 24. They are joined by Louisville, Arizona, Wisconsin and Washington at Nos. 16, 17, 19 and 22, respectively.

Singling Out No. 1: Clemson’s Ani Mijacika and USC’s Robert Farah are the newest faces to garner the top singles ranking in 2009. Mijacika, a finalist at the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships has posted a 20-4 record with 12 wins coming against opponents ranked in the top 20, including victories over No. 2 Maria Mosolova and No. 3 Kelcy McKenna. Farah has only lost two matches on the season, recording a 20-2 record with six victories over opponents ranked in the top 20, including wins over No. 2 Bruno Agostinelli and No. 4 Steven Moneke.

National Indoor Champions Top Doubles: Even though the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships may have taken place four months ago, both the men’s and women’s doubles teams remain No. 1 in the rankings. Leading the way in men’s doubles are Cory Parr and Steven Forman of Wake Forest. The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor champions have racked up a 14-3 record, losing only once since capturing the indoor doubles title. The Fresno State duo of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova has been nearly unstoppable with a record of 20-2. The pair won the ITA National Indoor Doubles title and has lost only once since reaching the finals of the ITA All-American Championships.

Campbell Soup Company to Serve as Title Sponsor: The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), the governing body of college tennis, announced that a multi-year agreement has been reached between the ITA and the Campbell Soup Company in which the company will serve as the title sponsor for the ITA College Tennis Rankings and the ITA College Players of the Year awards. 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.


Next Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings: The next weekly team rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 10 while the next singles and doubles rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 17. These rankings reflect results through Sunday, March 1.

Men’s tennis
Campbell/ITA Collegiate Division I top 25:
Rank, school W-L Avg. LW (2/24)
1. Stanford 11-1 87.29 5
2. Virginia 15-0 86.00 1
3. Ohio State 13-1 70.95 3
4. Georgia 11-1 70.73 2
5. Tennessee 7-2 66.41 8
6. Texas 10-2 64.90 6
7. Illinois 11-3 61.78 11
8. USC 10-2 61.43 4
9. Florida 8-3 59.50 12
10. Mississippi 7-2 57.91 9
11. Kentucky 8-2 55.26 21
12. Baylor 8-4 53.27 10
13. UCLA 7-4 50.22 7
14. Pepperdine 9-5 47.91 15
15. Florida State 10-4 47.23 16
16. Louisville 11-2 44.58 33
17. Arizona 9-1 41.84 35
18. Tulsa 11-5 36.07 20
19. Wisconsin 9-2 33.09 39
20. Alabama 9-1 31.70 19
21. Oklahoma State 4-1 31.48 17
22. Washington 8-4 31.18 41
23. Wake Forest 6-4 29.97 30
24. Minnesota 10-1 29.57 48
25. Notre Dame 7-7 29.54 25

Women’s tennis
Campbell/ITA Collegiate Division I top 25:
Rank, school W-L Avg. LW (2/24)
1. Northwestern 9-1 91.52 1
2. Georgia 9-1 83.90 2
3. Notre Dame 11-1 74.00 5
4. Duke 9-1 72.59 6
5. Baylor 5-3 67.14 7
6. Miami (FL) 10-2 61.16 10
7. California 7-1 60.73 3
8. Georgia Tech 5-4 57.66 4
9. Clemson 8-4 56.25 14
10. USC 8-1 56.10 9
11. UCLA 10-2 53.33 8
12. Tennessee 6-1 46.14 22
13. Stanford 8-2 46.05 11
14. Kentucky 8-0 45.75 20
15. North Carolina 9-4 44.89 12
16. Arizona State 6-1 40.41 19
17. Florida State 7-2 36.90 24
18. Louisiana State 7-2 35.89 26
19. Michigan 5-3 35.48 18
20. Virginia 8-2 35.28 29
21. Wake Forest 8-3 32.91 23
22. Fresno State 4-4 30.71 15
23. Washington 7-4 29.04 38
24. Texas A&M 4-4 28.00 30
25. Boise State 10-2 27.00 46

Note: This is the point in the season when the rankings switch from a committee vote to a computer formula (hence “Avg.” instead of “Pts.”). Click here to view the ITA Rankings FAQ.

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

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