Northwestern, Virginia No. 1 in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Northwestern, Virginia No. 1 in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

Top spots: For the eighth consecutive week, the Northwestern women remain No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings and are rejoined at the top spot by the Virginia men, who spent two weeks at No. 1 before Stanford slipped past them in last week’s rankings. 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 been ranked No. 1 in 18 of the past 19 rankings while the Cavaliers have claimed the top spot in 18 of the past 24 rankings. Virginia (15-0) is coming off a week of rest but will travel to Texas where they will take on No. 10 Texas and No. 11 Baylor. The Cavs have already racked up four wins against teams ranked in the top 10, including victories over fourth-ranked Georgia and sixth-ranked Tennessee to capture their second-straight ITA National Team Indoor title. Northwestern (11-1) recorded a couple of 7-0 sweeps over Wisconsin and Michigan State to open conference play and will host No. 33 Illinois and No. 35 Indiana this week. The ‘Cats have recorded five victories over top 10 opponents, including wins against second-ranked Georgia, third-ranked Duke and fourth-ranked Notre Dame on their way to being crowned ITA National Team Indoor champions.

Rounding Out the Top 10: On the women's side, Northwestern is followed by (in order): Georgia, Duke, Notre Dame, Baylor, Miami (FL), Georgia Tech, California, UCLA and USC. For the men, following Virginia is: Stanford, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, UCLA, and Texas. After recording a pair of 4-3 wins over rival USC, the UCLA men’s and women’s teams rejoin the top 10. The Lady Bruins replaced Clemson at No. 9, while the men swapped places with the Trojans, also coming in at No. 9.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC – 8; Pac-10 – 5; ACC – 4; Big 12 – 3; Big East and Big Ten – 2; WCC - 1. Five different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, with the SEC claiming four of the top eight spots. Women's Top 25: ACC and SEC – 7; Pac-10 – 5; Big Ten – 2; Big 12, Big East, Big West and Mountain West – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, with the ACC and Pac-10 each claiming three of the top 10 spots.


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

TEAM

MEN

WOMEN

Alabama

23

16

Baylor

11

5

Florida

8

23

Florida State

16

24

Georgia

4

2

Kentucky

21

13

Notre Dame

22

4

South Carolina

15

22

Stanford

2

11

Tennessee

6

15

UCLA

9

9

USC

13

10

Virginia

1

18

Top 25 Newcomers: For the women, Alabama and Long Beach State made the biggest jumps, climbing 21 and 19 spots, respectively. They are joined by TCU, up from No. 26, Florida, which returns to the rankings after a one-week hiatus and South Carolina, which was welcomed to the top 25 on the men’s side as well. Joining the Gamecocks on the men’s side is Auburn, who just missed the cut at No. 26 last week, Virginia Tech, sliding in at No. 25, and Texas A&M, which made the largest jump from No. 36 to No. 18, returning to the top 25 after dropping 23 spots in last week’s rankings.

Race is On: The Virginia men and Texas A&M women are the early leaders in the second annual ITA Attendance Race. The first standings reflect matches through January and February. The Virginia men are tops in the total attendance with 3,472 fans through their first ten matches this season, all played indoors at the Boyd Tinsley Tennis Courts at Boars Head Tennis Center. Texas A&M leads the nation in average attendance with 507 fans having attended the only home match versus Radford in late January. Texas A&M leads the way in all of the women's categories with 2,100 total fans, including the top four match totals, three of which surpassed the 500 mark, good for a 525 per match average, which also leads the nation.

NCAA’s All-Time Winningest Coach: Furman men’s tennis coach Paul Scarpa surpassed a milestone last Friday, becoming the sport’s winningest coach in NCAA Division I history with his 820th victory. Furman defeated Yale, 6-1, at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center to give the coach of 45 years the all-time mark. Scarpa surpassed former University of Hawaii coach Jim Schwitters to take over the record. His 820 victories include 254 in the Southern Conference, where the Paladins have had 40 consecutive winning seasons.

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 17 as well as the next singles and doubles rankings. These rankings reflect results through Sunday, March 8.

Men’s tennis
Campbell/ITA Collegiate Division I top 25:

Rank, school

W-L

Avg.

LW (3/3)

1. Virginia

15-0

83.2

2

2. Stanford

13-1

79.27

1

3. Mississippi

10-2

73.82

10

4. Georgia

12-2

68.68

4

5. Ohio State

14-1

67

3

6. Tennessee

8-3

64.14

5

7. Illinois

13-3

62.91

7

8. Florida

11-3

61.58

9

9. UCLA

8-4

54.5

13

10. Texas

11-2

53.77

6

11. Baylor

10-4

50.18

12

12. Pepperdine

12-5

48.08

14

13. USC

10-3

47.09

8

14. Louisville

13-3

42.03

16

15. South Carolina

12-1

40.98

31

16. Florida State

12-5

40.71

15

17. Wake Forest

7-4

39.65

23

18. Texas A&M

5-4

38.43

36

19. Arizona

11-1

38.1

17

20. Auburn

7-2

35.6

26

21. Kentucky

8-4

34.95

11

22. Notre Dame

8-7

32.46

25

23. Alabama

11-1

28.17

20

24. Washington

9-5

27.65

22

25. Virginia Tech

8-2

27.5

32

Women’s tennis
Campbell/ITA Collegiate Division I top 25:

Rank, school

W-L

Avg.

LW (3/3)

1. Northwestern

11-1

92.59

1

2. Georgia

11-1

81.35

2

3. Duke

10-1

70.63

4

4. Notre Dame

12-1

68.82

3

5. Baylor

6-3

65.89

5

6. Miami (FL)

12-3

65.44

6

7. Georgia Tech

7-4

62.68

8

8. California

8-2

60.87

7

9. UCLA

12-2

55.49

11

10. USC

9-2

53.15

10

11. Stanford

9-2

51.51

13

12. Clemson

8-5

48.83

9

13. Kentucky

9-1

45.77

14

14. Arizona State

8-1

45.23

16

15. Tennessee

8-1

44.65

12

16. Alabama

10-0

41.3

37

17. North Carolina

10-4

38.98

15

18. Virginia

9-2

36.77

20

19. Michigan

6-4

33.25

19

20. Louisiana State

7-4

28.89

18

21. TCU

5-6

25.51

26

22. South Carolina

6-4

25.07

29

23. Florida

7-5

24.89

31

24. Florida State

7-3

24.73

17

25. Long Beach State

8-3

24.62

44

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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