Duke, Ohio State Claim No. 1 in First Computerized ITA Team Rankings

Rankings Graphic - Feb. 25, 2014
Duke, Ohio State Claim No. 1 in First Computerized ITA Team Rankings

Loeb, Thompson remain tops in singles

 

ITA Division I Men's Rankings | ITA Division I Women's Rankings

 

SKILLMAN, NJ (Feb. 25) - The Ohio State men and Duke women stay atop the ITA Division I College Tennis Rankings in the first computerized ranking of the season. These rankings are based on a computer point-per-match formula, which caused several major changes.   

 

The Duke women remain on top though the Blue Devils were beaten by Virginia 5-2 last weekend. The Cavaliers make the biggest jump in the team rankings to No. 3 from No. 13 last week on the heels of their big win, and they are 7-2 for the season.

 

The Ohio State men keep the No. 1 ranking after coming back from 2-0 down against Notre Dame to win 4-2 and remain undefeated. The Irish moved up four spots to No.  6, while the Virginia men drop seven spots to No. 10, which is the Cavaliers lowest ranking since they were No. 11 on April 11, 2006.

 

In the ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings, Jamie Loeb sits atop the ITA Division I Singles Rankings and is the first women's Tar Heel to be ranked No. 1. The freshman is now 30-2 for the season, with her only losses to No. 2 Beatrice Capra of Duke and No. 16 Breaunna Addison of Texas. Rounding out the Top 5 are Capra, Robin Anderson of UCLA, Julia Elbaba of Virginia and Kristie Ahn of Stanford. UCLA's Anderson and Jennifer Brady are back in the top spot in the ITA Division I Doubles Rankings.

 

On the men's side, Clay Thompson remains No. 1 for the third straight time, having registered two Top 10 wins at the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship. In his senior season, Thompson sports a 28-2 record with 17 ranked wins. Rounding out the Top 5 are Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma), Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), Mitchell Frank (Virginia) and Marcos Giron (UCLA). Texas A&M's Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow have unseated Tennessee's Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese for the top spot in the ITA Division I Doubles Rankings for the first time this season.

 

Follow the Leader: For the men, Ohio State is followed by (in order): USC, Oklahoma, UCLA, Texas, Notre Dame, Illinois, Baylor, California and Virginia. On the women's side, Duke is followed by UCLA, Virginia, Stanford, Florida, USC, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Alabama.

 

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC - 7; ACC - 6; Big 12 - 4; Pac-12 and Big Ten - 3; MWC and Ivy League - 1. For the first time this season, no SEC teams are represented in the Top 10. Women's Top 25: ACC - 7; SEC - 6; Pac 12 - 5; Big 12, Big Ten and Conference USA - 2 and WCC. The SEC has four teams in the Top 10, while the Pac 12 has three, and the ACC has two.  

 

Double-Dip: This week, 14 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25.

 

School

Men

Women

Baylor University

8

18

California

9

14

Clemson

21

15

Duke University

17

1

Florida

22

5

North Carolina

12

11

Northwestern

23

7

Oklahoma

3

16

Texas A&M

13

9

UCLA

4

2

University of Notre Dame

6

25

University of Southern California

2

6

University of Virginia

10

3

Vanderbilt

14

8

 

Top 25 Caliber: The Pepperdine women cracked the Top 25 for the first time this season, landing at No. 22 this week. Also new in the Top 25 is No. 24 Washington, up from No. 40 last week. For the men, Boise State (No. 15), Columbia (No. 20), Northwestern (No. 23) and North Carolina State (No. 24) each grabbed spots in the Top 25 for the first time this season. 

                                                      

Coming Up Next: Computerized ITA Team Rankings will continue on March 4 and will be published weekly until the end of the spring season. ITA Division I Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles Rankings will next be released on March 11, and are released bi-weekly. Complete ITA College Tennis Rankings can be found at by clicking here

 

ITA Rankings

2/18/14

Rank

ITA Rankings

2/18/14 Rank

Division I Men's Top 25

Division I Women's Top 25

1. Ohio State University

1

1. Duke University

1

2. University of Southern California

2

2. UCLA

2

3. University of Oklahoma

5

3. University of Virginia

13

4. UCLA

4

4. Stanford

3

5. University of Texas

6

5. University of Florida

5

6. University of Notre Dame

10

6. University of Southern California

9

7. University of Illinois

14

7. Northwestern University

8

8. Baylor University

7

8. Vanderbilt University

12

9. California

9

9. Texas A&M University

10

10. University of Virginia

3

10. University of Alabama

14

11. University of Tennessee

15

11. North Carolina

6

12. North Carolina

23

12. University of Georgia

7

13. Texas A&M University

8

13. University of Michigan

16

14. Vanderbilt University

18

14. California

4

15. Boise State University

41

15. Clemson University

11

16. Mississippi State University

11

16. University of Oklahoma

20

17. Duke University

16

17. University of Tulsa

23

18. Oklahoma State University

25

18. Baylor University

15

19. Wake Forest University

20

19. Georgia Tech

25

20. Columbia University

34

20. University of Miami (Florida)

17

21. Clemson University

21

21. Rice University

24

22. University of Florida

13

22. Pepperdine

26

23. Northwestern University

29

23. Auburn University

19

24. North Carolina State

27

24. University of Washington

40

25. University of Kentucky

17

25. University of Notre Dame

22

  

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