Duke, Ohio State stay atop ITA Division I Team Rankings

Rankings Graphic - April 15, 2014
Duke, Ohio State stay atop ITA Division I Team Rankings 

Singles and doubles No. 1s remain unchanged 

 

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

SKILLMAN, NJ (April 15) - The Duke women held solid at No. 1 in the ITA Division I Women's National Team Rankings for a ninth time this season while Ohio State sits atop the ITA Division I Men's National Team Rankings for the seventh time this year.

The Blue Devil women's team extended its win streak to 13 after a 6-1 win over No. 44 Boston College last weekend. UCLA remained at No. 2 after a pair of wins against No. 19 Arizona State and No. 25 Arizona, while Alabama jumped six spots to No. 3 after wins over No. 8 Georgia and No. 31 Tennessee, which clinched the Tide's first SEC Championship. Big movers of the week include Ohio State, who moved to No. 34 (up 15 spots) after beating No. 37 Purdue 5-2 and #41 Indiana 7-0. Washington moved up 13 spots to No. 35 after its 4-0 upset of No. 36 Utah.

On the men's side, the Buckeyes held their top spot despite a 4-1 loss to Kentucky on Wednesday. Ohio State sits at 25-3 this season, with two regular season matches left before the Big Ten Championships. Kentucky's win over Ohio State, its fourth-ever win over a top ranked team, earned the Wildcats a two-spot jump to No. 12. Oklahoma leapfrogged two Pac-12 schools to grab the No. 2 spot, greatly thanks to the Sooners' second 4-3 win over No. 6 Baylor this season.

The names atop the ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings remained unchanged from last week. Jamie Loeb of UNC kept the No. 1 ranking for another week, followed in the Top 5 by Robin Anderson (UCLA), Julia Elbaba (Virginia), Kristie Ahn (Stanford) and Beatrice Capra (Duke). Four of the Top 5 have intact winning streaks of at at least five matches. In doubles, Anderson and partner Jennifer Brady kept their No. 1 spot in the rankings. The Bruin pair are 25-2 this season.

On the men's side, Clay Thompson sits atop the ITA National Men's Singles Rankings for the seventh straight time with a 37-3 record. He is followed by Mitchell Frank (Virginia), Julian Lenz (Baylor), Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma) and Marcos Giron (UCLA). Frank earned his highest ranking of the season with seven straight wins, five of which were ranked victories. In doubles, Tennessee's Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese earned the No. 1 ranking for the sixth time this season. The duo sports a 30-4 record for the 2013-14 season, with 12 ranked wins in the spring. 

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

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC - 7; ACC - 6; Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten - 3; MWC, AAC and Ivy League - 1. The Big 12 leads all conferences with three schools in the Top 10. Women's Top 25:  ACC and SEC - 6; Pac-12 - 5, Big 12 - 4; Big Ten- 2, and Conference USA and West Coast Conference - 1. Four SEC teams are in the Top 10, while ACC and Pac 12 each have three teams.

Double-Dip: This week, 15 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25.

School

Men

Women

Baylor University

6

14

California

16

10

Clemson

20

17

Duke University

14

1

Florida

15

4

Georgia

9

6

North Carolina

8

7

Notre Dame

13

24

Oklahoma

2

18

Texas

7

20

Texas A&M

11

8

UCLA

5

2

University of Southern California

3

12

University of Virginia

4

9

Vanderbilt

23

11

 
Top 25 Caliber:
 Two women's teams moved into the Top 25 this week. No. 23 Pepperdine is back inside the Top 25 for the first time since February 25 following a 12-match winning streak. Notre Dame women moved up two spots to No. 24 on the heels of its sixth win in a row.

Two men's teams also moved back into the Top 25. Memphis registered four straight ranked wins, including wins over No. 25 South Florida and No. 35 Louisville to move up five spots to No. 21. Vanderbilt knocked off No. 15 Florida to earn the No. 23 ranking and make its first appearance in the Top 25 since March 11.

Coming Up Next: The 2013-14 ITA Division I National Team, Singles and Doubles Rankings are published on a weekly basis until the end of the season. The next rankings date is Tuesday, April 22. 

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Division I Men's Top 25

Division I Women's Top 25

1. Ohio State University

1

1. Duke University

1

2. University of Oklahoma

4

2. UCLA

2

3. University of Southern California

2

3. University of Alabama

9

4. University of Virginia

5

4. University of Florida

11

5. UCLA

3

5. Stanford

7

6. Baylor University

6

6. University of Georgia

8

7. University of Texas

7

7. North Carolina

3

8. North Carolina

8

8. Texas A&M University

10

9. University of Georgia

9

9. University of Virginia

4

10. University of Illinois

11

10. California

6

11. Texas A&M University

10

11. Vanderbilt University

5

12. University of Kentucky

14

12. University of Southern California

13

13. University of Notre Dame

12

13. Northwestern University

12

14. Duke University

13

14. Baylor University

17

15. University of Florida

15

15. University of Miami (Florida)

16

16. California

19

16. University of Michigan

14

17. Mississippi State University

18

17. Clemson University

15

18. University of Tennessee

21

18. University of Oklahoma

18

19. Columbia University

17

19. University of Tulsa

20

20. Clemson University

20

20. University of Texas at Austin

22

21. University of Memphis

26

21. Oklahoma State University

23

22. Penn State University

16

22. Arizona State University

19

23. Vanderbilt University

27

23. Pepperdine

28

24. Boise State University

22

24. University of Notre Dame

26

25. Wake Forest University

23

25. Auburn University

24

 

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