SKILLMAN, NJ – Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I men on Tuesday, and the Tar Heels of North Carolina hold down the No. 1 spot in the team and doubles rankings, while Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer continues to control the top spot in singles.
The SEC has the most teams in the Top 25 with six, including a pair – Georgia at No. 7 and Texas A&M at No. 10 – in the Top 10.
Tar Heels Split Pair Of Top-10 ACC Contests
North Carolina remained on top after splitting a pair of hard-fought ACC contests last week. The Tar Heels topped defending NCAA national champion and second-ranked Virginia for the second time this season on April 1. The win brought the Cavaliers’ 140-match conference win streak to a close. Two days later, North Carolina’s six-match win streak was halted by No. 6 Wake Forest, who edged the Tar Heels by a 4-3 margin. North Carolina is 21-2 on the season, including a 6-2 mark in ACC competition.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (2) – 6
-Georgia (7); Texas A&M (10); Florida (14); Arkansas (16); Kentucky (20); Mississippi State (24)
Big 12 (2) – 5
-TCU (2); Oklahoma (9); Texas Tech (11); Oklahoma State (12); Texas (17)
Big Ten (1) – 4
-Ohio State (5); Northwestern (13); Illinois (15); Michigan (21)
ACC (3) – 4
-North Carolina (1); Virginia (3); Wake Forest (6); Florida State (23)
Pac-12 (2) – 3
-UCLA (4); USC (8); California (19)
American – 3
-Tulsa (18); South Florida (22); SMU (25)
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Oklahoma is the lone new entry to the national Top 10 rankings, moving up nine spots to No. 9, thanks to two road wins in the Sunshine State last week. The Sooners scored an impressive 4-0 non-conference win on April 3 at then-No. 22 (now No. 23) Florida State, and topped then-No. 17 South Florida (now No. 22) 4-1 two days prior.
Tulane’s Koepfer Rolling Along In Singles Play
Not much movement in the Top 10 singles rankings, as the Top 5 remained unchanged from two weeks ago. Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer has yet to drop a match in 2016. He ripped off a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tulsa’s No. 53-ranked Or Ram-Harel on April 3. Virginia is the lone institution with two players in the Top 10, with Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Ryan Shane checking in at No.’s 6 and 7, respectively.
Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 players in parenthesis
ACC (3) – 7
-Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 6); Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 7); Benjamin Lock, Florida State (No. 10); Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (No. 12); Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (No. 13); Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech (No. 19); Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (No. 24)
Big Ten (2) – 4
-Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (No. 2); Aleks Vukic, Illinois (No. 4); Jared Hiltzik, Illinois (No. 11); Konrad Zieba, Northwestern (No. 15)
Big 12 (1) – 4
-Cameron Norrie, TCU (No. 3); Julian Lenz, Baylor (No. 14); Alex Rybakov, TCU (No. 16); Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 20)
Pac-12 (2) – 4
-Tom Fawcett, Stanford (No. 8); Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA (No. 9); Max de Vroome, USC (No. 18); Andre Goransson, California (No. 23)
SEC – 4
- Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 17); Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M (No. 21); Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 22); William Bushamuka, Kentucky (No. 25)
American (2) – 2
-Dominik Koepfer, Tulane (No. 1); Roberto Cid, South Florida (No. 5)
Tar Heel Duo Back On Top Of National Doubles Rankings
Brett Clark and Robert Kelly of North Carolina reclaimed the No. 1 national doubles ranking, moving up one spot from No. 3 in the March 22 rankings. Clark and Kelly, who have won their last seven matches, earned a pair of impressive wins last week, topping Virginia’s Luca Corintelli and Ryan Shane (ranked No. 2 in the nation) 7-6 (6), and Wake Forest’s Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri (ranked No. 10) 6-4.
Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown
ACC – 4
- Brett Clark/Robert Kelly, North Carolina (No. 1); Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 2); Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 9); Christian Seraphim/Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (No. 10)
SEC – 3
-Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 3); Ben Wagland/Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 4); Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama, Alabama (No. 6)
Big 12 – 2
- Arjun Kadhe/Julian Cash, Oklahoma State (No. 7); Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 8)
Pac-12 – 1
-Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki, UCLA (No. 5)
About the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings that are designed to track the top men's and women's teams, along with singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, Junior Colleges and California Junior Colleges. For full rankings information, please visit http://www.itatennis.com/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.