Northwestern and Virginia claim top spots in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings after capturing ITA National Indoor titles

Northwestern and Virginia claim top spots in Campbell/ITA College
Tennis Rankings after capturing ITA National Team Indoor titles

No. 1 Flashback: For the fifth consecutive week, the Northwestern women remain No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings and are joined by the Virginia men at the top spot as both teams were crowned champions of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships this past weekend. Coincidentally, in the rankings that followed the ITA National Team Indoor Championships last year, Northwestern joined Virginia at No. 1 after Virginia had held the top spot for the fifth-consecutive week.

Rounding Out the Top 10: On the women's side, Northwestern is followed by (in order): Georgia, California, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Duke, Baylor, UCLA, USC and Miami (FL). For the men, following Virginia is: Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Texas, Mississippi and Illinois.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC – 6; ACC – 5; Big 12 and Pac-10 - 4; Big Ten - 3; Big East, Conference USA and WCC - 1. The SEC and the Pac-10 each placed three teams in the top 10. Women's Top 25: SEC - 7; ACC and Pac-10 – 5; Big 12 and Big Ten – 2; Big East, Colonial, Mountain West and WAC – 1. While the SEC had more teams in the top 25 the Pac-10 and ACC each placed three teams in the top 10.

On the Move: The entire Top 25 remained the same in both the men’s and women’s team rankings but there was still plenty of movement. On the men’s side, Pepperdine made the largest jump from No. 20 to No. 15. The Waves were the 16th seed in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships this past weekend. After putting a scare into top seed Ohio State, they nearly knocked off Baylor before taking down 12th-seeded Tulsa. Notre Dame rose an impressive nine spots to No. 5 in this week’s women’s team rankings. The Irish upset No. 5 Stanford and fourth-seeded Baylor en route to the semifinals where they fell to eventual champion, Northwestern.

Looking Out for No. 1: Maria Mosolova of Northwestern entered 2009 ranked No. 1 in singles and after an impressive start to the spring season, she has held onto the top spot. Mosolova, a sophomore from Moscow, is 20-3, with 16 wins over ranked opponents, proving why she was named the 2008 ITA Women’s National Player to Watch. Joining her on the men’s side is Tulsa’s Arnau Brugues. Brugues, a senior from Barcelona, is 23-3 with 11 victories coming against ranked opponents. He and doubles partner Philip Stevens are 12-4 and currently ranked fifth nationally. 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 an 11-3 record. The Fresno State duo of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova moved up one spot to claim No. 1 doubles with a record of 18-1. The pair won the ITA National Indoor Doubles title and reached the finals of the ITA All-American Championships.

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Division I Women’s Top 10 Singles:
1. Maria Mosolova, Northwestern
2. Ani Mijacika, Clemson
3. Kelcy McKenna, Arizona State
4. Aurelija Miseviciute, Arkansas
5. Fani Chifcheiva, Auburn
6. Nina Munch-Soegaard, TCU
7. Marrit Boonstra, Florida
8. Maria Snachez, USC
9. Chelsey Gullickson, Georgia
10. Amanda McDowell, Georgia Tech

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Division I Men’s Top 10 Singles:
1. Arnau Brugues, Tulsa
2. Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Oklahoma State
3. Robert Farah, USC
4. Bryan Koniecko, Ohio State
5. Michael Venus, LSU
6. Dominic Inglot, Virginia
7. Guillermo Gomez, Georgia Tech
8. Bruno Agostinelli, Kentucky
9. John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee
10. Denes Lukacs, Baylor

More on the Indoor: Virginia has captured their second consecutive ITA National Team Indoor title at Midtown Tennis Club, hosted by the University of Illinois after defeating No. 3 Georgia, the last team to accomplish such a feat. This was the third time UVA has reached the finals in only their fifth appearance in the team indoor championships. Virginia prevented Georgia from winning its third ITA National Team Indoor title in the last four years after winning it in 2006 and 2007. Top-ranked Northwestern, the 2008 runner-up, became the first Big Ten team to capture the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Women's Team Indoor title with a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Georgia at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Northwestern prevented Georgia from winning its fourth ITA National Team Indoor title after winning it in 1994, 1995 and 2002.

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.


Next Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings: The next weekly team rankings will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 24 while the next singles and doubles rankings will be released on Tuesday, March 3. These rankings reflect results through Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Division I Men’s Top 25:
Rank, School (1st) W-L LW
1. Virginia (8), 12-0  
2. Georgia, 8-1     
3. Ohio State, 9-1
4. Tennessee, 7-1
5. USC, 8-1
6. UCLA, 6-2
7. Stanford, 6-1
8. Texas, 6-2
9. Mississippi, 6-1
10. Illinois, 7-3
11. Florida, 6-3
12. Baylor, 5-3
13. Texas A&M, 3-2
14. Louisiana State, 2-1
15. Pepperdine, 7-4
16. Florida State, 7-4
17. Tulsa, 9-4
18. Oklahoma State, 2-1
19. Michigan, 5-4
20. Alabama, 6-1
21. Wake Forest, 4-2
22. North Carolina, 4-2
23. California, 3-2
24. Miami (FL), 4-2
25. Notre Dame, 5-4

Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Division I Women’s Top 25:
Rank, School (1st) W-L LW
1. Northwestern (8), 7-0
2. Georgia, 8-1
3. California, 5-1
4. Georgia Tech, 5-1
5. Notre Dame, 7-1
6. Duke, 7-1
7. Baylor, 3-2
8. UCLA, 5-2
9. USC, 6-1
10. Miami (FL), 8-1
11. Stanford, 5-2
12. Florida, 5-3
13. North Carolina, 7-2
14. Clemson, 5-1
15. Fresno State, 2-3
16. Vanderbilt, 2-1
17. Arkansas, 4-1
18. Michigan, 4-2
19. Arizona State, 4-1
20. Kentucky, 6-0
21. TCU, 3-2
22. Tennessee, 4-1
23. Louisiana State, 5-1
24. William and Mary, 2-2
25. Texas A&M, 3-2

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

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