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

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Virginia remain No. 1 in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Falconi, Johnson top spots in singles; Tennessee, Stanford 1-2 in doubles

SKILLMAN, N.J. - In the ever-changing women's team rankings, North Carolina has provided a little bit of stability by holding onto No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings for the second straight week. Meanwhile, the Virginia men continue to hold the top spot for the seventh-straight week, since capturing the ITA Men's Team Indoor title, but are cognizant of the hard-charging Ohio State Buckeyes who leaped past Tennessee into second. 

 

Even though the Tar Heels were top-ranked at the beginning of what has turned out to be a March Madness in the women's team rankings, they recently captured their first-ever victory as the nation's No. 1 team. And they did so in dramatic fashion, avenging a loss to second-ranked Northwestern, in what was a rematch from the ITA Women's Team Indoor Finals.

Just as it did when the teams met in the final in February, the doubles point came down to the top position. The Northwestern duo of Lauren Lui and Maria Mosolova eventually completed the comeback and won in a tiebreak, 9-8 (6). The setback did not appear to affect the Tar Heels, however, as the hosts ran out to early leads on four of six singles courts. It was the bottom of the lineup, a strength for much of the season for UNC, that finally put Northwestern away.

In a dog-eat-dog season in which the top women's programs continue to beat up on one another, the top eight teams in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings continue to be separated by a mere 10 points. 

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

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: ACC - 6; Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC - 5; Big Ten - 2; Big East and West Coast - 1. Women's Top 25: ACC, Pac-10 and SEC - 6; Big East and Big Ten - 3; Big 12 - 1.  Each of the six BCS Conferences have at least one team appearing in the men's and women's top 10, with the SEC claiming four of the top 10 spots in the men's rankings and the ACC with four of the top 10 on the women's side.

Spring and Fall: Each week there are many shifts among the men's and women's teams appearing in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Listed below are the teams appearing in the top 50, making the most movement and worth keeping an eye on.

Top 5 Rising (M)

Top 5 Falling (M)

Top 5 Rising (W)

Top 5 Falling (W)

#45 Auburn (+20)

#35 Vanderbilt (-12)

#29 UNLV (+30)

#42 Purdue (-9)

#42 Boise St. (+10)

#43 Clemson (-10)

#25 Ohio St. (+20)

#26 Iowa (-8)

#38 S. Carolina (+10)

#44 Minnesota (-5)

#43 Wake Forest (+19)

#48 Rice (-8)

#7 Stanford (+8)

#46 LSU (-5)

#16 Arizona St.(+7)

#20 Georgia Tech (-7)

Several (+7)

#49 Oklahoma St. (-5)

Several (+5)

#35 Ole Miss (-7)


Twice as Nice: Thirteen schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside this week's top 25. The men's program ranking is listed first, followed by the women's program ranking. Baylor (11/2), California (17/11), Florida (6/3), Florida State (22/17), Georgia (8/13), Georgia Tech (25/20), North Carolina (20/1), Ohio State (2/25), Stanford (7/12), Tennessee (3/14), UCLA (9/7), USC (4/18) and Washington (21/23). 

Singled Out:

Rank

Player

School

 

Rank

Player

School

1

Steve Johnson

USC

 

1

Irina Falconi

Georgia Tech

2

John-Patrick Smith

Tennessee

 

2

Maria Sanchez

USC

3

Michael Shabaz

Virginia

 

3

Jana Juricova

California

4

Guillermo Gomez

Georgia Tech

 

4

Denise Dy

Washington

5

Bradley Klahn

Stanford

 

5

Yasmin Schnack

UCLA

6

Raony Carvalho

Texas Tech

 

6

Lenka Broosova

Baylor

7

Alexandre Lacroix

Florida

 

7

Laura Vallverdu

Miami (FL)

8

Austin Krajicek

Texas A&M

 

8

Hilary Barte

Stanford

9

Sanam Singh

Virginia

 

9

Allie Will

Florida

10

Dimitar Kutrovsky

Texas

 

10

Chelsey Gullickson

Georgia


Double Dose:

Rank

Player

Player

School

 

Rank

Player

Player

School

1

Davey Sandgren

John-Patrick Smith

Tennessee

 

1

Caitlin Whoriskey

Natalie Pluskota

Tennessee

2

Bradley Klahn

Ryan Thacher

Stanford

 

2

Lindsay Burdette

Hilary Barte

Stanford

3

Henrique Cunha

Reid Carleton

Duke

 

3

Kristy Frilling

Kali Krisik

Notre Dame

4

Boris Conkic

Rhyne Williams

Tennessee

 

4

Andrea Remynse

Yasmin Schnack

UCLA

5

Jeff Dadamo

Austin Krajicek

Texas A&M

 

5

Marritt Boonstra

Allie Will

Florida

 

Next Up: The next weekly National team rankings will be published Tuesday, April 6, while the next National singles and doubles rankings will be released on April 13.

Campbell/ITA Rankings

3/23/10

Campbell/ITA Rankings

3/23/10

Division I Men's Top 25

Rank

Division I Women's Top 25

Rank

1. Virginia

1

1. North Carolina

1

2. Ohio State

3

2. Baylor

7

3. Tennessee

2

3. Florida

4

4. USC

5

4. Northwestern

2

5. Texas

4

5. Duke

8

6. Florida

6

6. Notre Dame

3

7. Stanford

15

7. UCLA

5

8. Georgia

7

8. Michigan

6

9. UCLA

12

9. Miami (FL))

11

10. Kentucky

9

10. Clemson

9

11. Baylor

8

11. California

10

12. Texas A&M

17

12. Stanford

12

13. Texas Tech

13

13. Georgia

14

14. Louisville

10

14. Tennessee

15

15. Illinois

11

15. South Florida

16

16. Ole Miss

14

16. Arizona State

23

17. California

16

17. Florida State

17

18. Virginia Tech

20

18. USC

21

19. Oklahoma

19

19. South Carolina

20

20. North Carolina

18

20. Georgia Tech

13

21. Washington

21

21. DePaul

25

22. Florida State

22

22. Arkansas

22

23. Pepperdine

30

23. Washington

19

24. Wake Forest

26

24. Vanderbilt

29

25. Georgia Tech

29

25. Ohio State

45

 

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