NCAA champs USC, Duke Open No. 1 in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings

NCAA champs USC, Duke Open No. 1 in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Johnson, Falconi top Singles; Stanford, Tennessee top Doubles

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The 2009 NCAA Champions, USC men and Duke women, open the 2010 season right where they finished - sitting atop of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.

Men of Troy March to 17th: The USC men marched their way through the 2009 NCAA Championship with a 4-1 victory over Ohio State to claim the Trojans' 17th NCAA team title. USC finished the 2009 season with a 25-5 overall record -- the same mark it hit in 2002 when it won its last national championship, on the same George P. Mitchell Tennis Center courts as seven years prior. The 2009 NCAA Championship is the first for USC head coach Peter Smith, who had tallied his 400th career victory in the Southern California's quarterfinal upset of top-seeded Virginia. The title match against the Buckeyes was also Smith's first visit to the NCAA final. Now with 17 NCAA team titles all-time, USC is tied with Stanford for the most men's tennis national championships pulling even with the Cardinal in the title count for the first time since 1997 when Stanford won its 15th championship.

Duke's Blue Heaven: The Blue Devils powered their way to a 4-0 sweep of California in the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis National Championship match. Duke captured its first national title in women's tennis and 10th overall national trophy in school history. Duke turned in its 18th consecutive win and 29th victory of the season in the title match. The third-seeded Blue Devils' 29 wins is the second most in program history, while its 18-match win streak to close out the year also ranks second. Even though the Blue Devils return four players who are currently ranked in the top 100, they have a tall order in replacing last year's freshman sensation, Mallory Cecil, who went on the claim the NCAA Singles title and Campbell/ITA Women's National Player of the Year.

Follow the Leader: For the men, following USC is (in order): Virginia, Ohio State, UCLA, Tennessee, Baylor, Georgia, Texas, Stanford and Ole Miss. On the women's side, Duke is followed by Northwestern, California, Georgia, Baylor, Notre Dame, Miami (FL), Florida, USC, and Georgia Tech.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC - 7; ACC - 5; Big 12 and Pac-10 - 4; Big Ten - 2; Big East, WAC and WCC - 1. Five different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, with three Pac-10 schools from the state of California (USC, UCLA and Stanford) claiming three of the top 10 spots. Women's Top 25: SEC - 8; ACC - 6; Pac-10 - 5; Big Ten - 2; Big 12, Big East, Conference USA and WAC - 1. The top six spots are each filled by a team from a different conference while four Pac-10 schools from the Golden State (California, USC, UCLA and Stanford) are among the top 13.

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

TEAM

MEN

WOMEN

Alabama

18

25

Baylor

6

5

Duke

19

1

Florida

11

8

Florida State

13

15

Georgia

7

4

Miami (FL)

21

7

Mississippi

10

21

Stanford

9

13

Tennessee

5

11

UCLA

4

12

USC

1

9

 

Singled Out:

Rank

Player

School



Rank

Player

School

1

Steve Johnson

USC



1

Irina Falconi

Georgia Tech

2

John-Patrick Smith

Tennessee



2

Jana Juricova

California

3

Michael Shabaz

Virginia



3

Denise Dy

Washington

4

Guillermo Gomez

Georgia Tech



4

Anastasia Petukhova

Fresno State

5

Dimitar Kutrovsky

Texas



5

Yasmin Schnack

UCLA

6

Moritz Baumann

Wisconsin



6

Caitlin Whoriskey

Tennessee

7

Alexandre Lacroix

Florida



7

Laura Vallverdu

Miami (Florida)

8

Eric Quigley

Kentucky



8

Maria Sanchez

USC

9

Ed Corrie

Texas



9

Josipa Bek

Clemson

10

Andrei Daescu

Oklahoma



10

Marina Cossou

California

Double Dose:

Rank

Player

Player

School



Rank

Player

Player

School

1

Bradley Klahn

Ryan Thacher

Stanford



1

Caitlin Whoriskey

Natalie Pluskota

Tennessee

2

Dennis Nevolo

Marek Czerwinski

Illinois



2

Lindsay Burdette

Hilary Barte

Stanford

3

Moritz Baumann

Marek Michalicka

Wisconsin



3

Gabriela Mejia

Laura Vallverdu

Miami (FL)

4

Boris Conkic

JP Smith

Tennessee



4

Josipa Bek

Ina Hadziselimovic

Clemson

5

Houston Barrick

Sanam Singh

Virginia



5

Lauren Embree

Allie Will

Florida


Kicking Off 2010
: The second annual ITA Men's and Women's Kick-Off Weekend will take place January 29 - February 1, 2010 at select campus host sites. This year's Kick-Off Weekend Draft took place June 3-4 as teams selected which route they would take to get to the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

The ITA Kick-Off Weekend features 15 men's and 15 women's host sites with four teams at each site vying to advance to the Team Indoor Championship. The 15 men's teams to win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the Feb. 12-15 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Boar's Head Sports Club (hosted by the Univ. of Virginia) while the 15 women's teams to win both of their matches will be invited to play in the Feb. 12-15 ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium (hosted by the Univ. of Wisconsin).


Next ITA Rankings: Weekly team rankings begin on Jan. 26. Singles and doubles rankings are published every other week starting Feb. 18.

Campbell/ITA Rankings

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Campbell/ITA Rankings

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Division I Men's Top 25

Rank

Division I Women's Top 25

Rank

1. USC (47)

1

1. Duke (21)

1

2. Virginia (5)

3

2. Northwestern (9)

2

3. Ohio State

2

3. California (3)

4

4. UCLA

5

4. Georgia (4)

3

5. Tennessee (1)

8

5. Baylor (2)

6

6. Baylor

7

6. Notre Dame

5

7. Georgia

6

7. Miami

7

8. Texas (1)

9

8. Florida (12)

14

9. Stanford

10

9. USC

9

10. Mississippi

4

10. Georgia Tech

8

11. Florida

11

11. Tennessee

10

12. Texas A&M

14

12. UCLA

12

13. Florida State

13

13. Stanford

13

14. Kentucky

15

14. Clemson

11

15. Illinois

12

15. Florida State

19

16. Wake Forest

17

16. Fresno State

16

17. Pepperdine

18

17. South Carolina

17

18. Alabama

16

18. North Carolina

20

19. Duke

23

19. Arkansas

15

20. Louisville

22

20. Michigan

18

21. Miami

19

21. Mississippi

21

22. Boise State

20

22. Vanderbilt

22

23. Auburn

21

23. SMU

23

24. Arizona

24

24. Washington

27

25. Oklahoma State

25

25. Alabama

26

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