SKILLMAN, NJ – North Carolina and Virginia continue to hold down the No. 1 and 2 positions in the nation’s Top 10, as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I men on Tuesday.
The Tar Heels are spending their third consecutive week atop the rankings, while previous No. 1 Virginia remains at No. 2, despite dropping a 4-2 decision on the road to No. 11 Illinois on Feb. 27.
Northwestern climbed six spots from No. 15 to No. 9 in this week’s rankings. The Wildcats, who are 12-1 this season, have equaled the best start in program history.
North Carolina Remains Nation’s Top-Ranked Team
The Tar Heels are now 14-0 on the season, following a pair of 7-0 victories on Monday over Campbell and North Carolina Central. Head coach Sam Paul earned career victories No. 400 and 401 in the process. North Carolina plays its final non-conference match of the season at home on Friday against No. 54 Vanderbilt. A start time will be determined later in the week once it has been determined whether the match will be played indoors or outdoors.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
Big 12 (3) – 6
-TCU (3); Oklahoma State (5); Texas Tech (10); Oklahoma (13); Baylor (14); Texas (15);
Big Ten (2) – 5
-Ohio State (4); Northwestern (9); Illinois (11); Michigan (19); Penn State (24)
Pac-12 (1) – 4
-UCLA (6); USC (12); California (18); Oregon (21)
ACC (3) – 3
-North Carolina (1); Virginia (2); Wake Forest (7)
SEC (1) – 3
-Texas A&M (8); Georgia (16); Kentucky (22)
American – 3
-South Florida (17); Tulsa (20); Memphis (23)
Ivy – 1
#OracleITARankings Big Mover Of The Week
Riding an eight-match win streak, Old Dominion rose from No. 55 in last week’s rankings to No. 28 this week. The Monarchs took down then-No. 25 North Carolina State 4-1 in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Feb. 28. Old Dominion will play March 5 at 1 p.m. ET at Elon, and then open Conference USA play a day later at 11 a.m. ET at UNC-Charlotte.
National Singles & Doubles Rankings Update
National singles and doubles rankings will return next week, March 8.
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.