SKILLMAN, NJ – Following a busy weekend of conference championship action, Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I men on Tuesday.
Despite falling to Wake Forest in the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship final, the University of Virginia continues to hold down the No. 1 team ranking. The Cavaliers did exact a measure of revenge at the ACC tournament, rallying back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 3 North Carolina 4-3, their first victory over the Tar Heels in three tries this season.
Wake Forest, which won its first ACC tournament title (a 63-year span) and snapped Virginia’s nine-year streak of ACC tournament titles, moved up one spot to No. 6 in the rankings, giving the ACC three teams in the Top 10. The Big 12 saw Texas Tech and TCU share the regular-season crown, following the Red Raiders’ victory over the Horned Frogs. Both teams are in the Top 10, with TCU at No. 5 and Texas Tech at No. 8.
UCLA, winners of the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, remains the nation’s No. 2-ranked team.
Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard and Florida’s Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo remain the top-ranked singles player and doubles team. Ohio State clinched its 11th consecutive Big Ten regular-season title over the weekend, topping ranked foes Northwestern and Illinois, each by a 4-0 margin. The Buckeyes didn’t drop a single point in conference play. The Gators, meanwhile, prevailed over the Bulldogs of Georgia to win their fifth SEC Tournament Championship in program history.
Top-Ranked Cavaliers Now Look Towards Defending NCAA Crown
Virginia closed out the 2016 regular season with a 24-4 record. The defending NCAA National Champion will look to defend its title next month. The Cavaliers, who have won 13 straight ACC regular-season championships, have a pair of players in the Top 10 of the singles rankings (Ryan Shane at No. 8 and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at No. 9), in addition to Shane and Luca Corinteli the current No. 3-ranked team in doubles.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (2) – 6
-Georgia (7); Florida (9); Texas A&M (14); Arkansas (19); Kentucky (20); Mississippi State (22)
Big 12 (3) – 5
-TCU (5); Texas Tech (8); Oklahoma (10); Oklahoma State (15); Texas (18)
ACC (3) – 4
- Virginia (1); North Carolina (3); Wake Forest (6); Florida State (21)
Big Ten (1) – 4
-Ohio State (2); Northwestern (13); Illinois (17); Michigan (24)
Pac-12 (1) – 3
-UCLA (2); USC (11); California (12)
American – 2
-South Florida (16); Tulsa (23)
Ivy – 1
Ohio State’s Torpegaard Keeps No. 1 Singles Ranking
Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard is the No. 1-ranked player for the second straight week. Torpegaard scored a pair of wins against Top 20 competition last week, turning back No. 20 Konrad Zieba of Northwestern 7-5, 6-4, and No. 17 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois 6-3, 6-4. The University of South Florida’s Roberto Cid jumped over Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer into the No. 2 ranking, with Koepfer now slotted at No. 3. Aleks Vukic of Illinois and Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA round out the Top 5.
Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 players in parenthesis
ACC (3) – 7
- Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (No. 7); Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 8); Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 9); Benjamin Lock, Florida State (No. 11); Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (No. 13); Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech (No. 14); Nicolas Alvarez, Duke (No. 22);
Big 12 (1) – 5
-Cameron Norrie, TCU (No. 6); Julian Lenz, Baylor (No. 16); Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 18); Alex Rybakov, TCU (No. 24); Axel Alvarez Llamas, Oklahoma (No. 25)
Big Ten (2) – 4
-Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (No. 1); Aleks Vukic, Illinois (No. 4); Jared Hiltzik, Illinois (No. 17); Konrad Zieba, Northwestern (No. 20)
SEC (1) – 4
- Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 10); Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 15); Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M (No. 19); Mike Redlicki, Arkansas (No. 23)
Pac-12 (1) – 3
- Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA (No. 5); Tom Fawcett, Stanford (No. 12); Max de Vroome, USC (No. 21)
American (2) – 2
- Roberto Cid, South Florida (No. 2); Dominik Koepfer, Tulane (No. 3)
Florida’s Waton, Hidalgo Continue To Hold No. 1 Ranking In Doubles
Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo of Florida stayed atop the national doubles ranking for the third week in a row. The Gator duo is one of five SEC teams in the Top 10.
Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown
SEC – 5
-Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 1); Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama, Alabama (No. 5); Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M (No. 6); Jordan Daigle/Borias Arias, LSU (No. 7); Ben Wagland/Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 9)
ACC – 2
- Brett Clark/Robert Kelly, North Carolina (No. 2); Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 3)
Big 12 – 2
- Arjun Kadhe/Julian Cash, Oklahoma State (No. 8); Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 10)
Pac-12 – 1
-Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki, UCLA (No. 4)
About the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
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