SKILLMAN, NJ – There’s a new No. 1 team in the nation, and they reside in Columbus, Ohio, as the Buckeyes of Ohio State leapt over previous No. 1 California this week as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I women on Tuesday.
Joining the Top 10 this week is LSU, which moved up three spots from No. 12 last week.
Buckeyes Barge To The Top Of The Rankings
Ohio State improved its record to 12-1 on the season with wins over then-No. 24 Arizona State (6-1) on Feb. 28, and a 7-0 win over Penn State in its Big Ten opener on Feb. 26. The Buckeyes’ only loss this season came at the hands of the Golden Bears in the semifinals of the 2016 ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. Ohio State next plays on March 5 at No. 46 Baylor.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (3) – 8
-Georgia (7); Vanderbilt (8); LSU (9); South Carolina (12); Texas A&M (14); Florida (15); Kentucky (17); Mississippi State (25)
ACC (2) – 6
-North Carolina (3); Duke (6); Virginia (16); Clemson (19); Miami (FL) (21); Syracuse (24)
Big 12 (2) – 3
-Texas Tech (5); Oklahoma State (10); Kansas (23)
Big Ten (2) – 2
-Ohio State (1); Michigan (4)
Pac-12 (1) – 2
-California (2); Stanford (20)
West Coast Conference – 1
Missouri Valley Conference – 1
-Wichita State (13)
American – 1
Mountain West – 1
-Fresno State (22)
#OracleITARankings Big Mover Of The Week
Auburn may have had its 10-match win streak snapped at the hands of then-No. 10 Pepperdine at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic on Feb. 28, but the Tigers did score a 4-3 win over then-No. 11 Oklahoma State in the same event, and as a result, moved from No. 61 in last week’s rankings to No. 29 this week. The Tigers open SEC play this week with a home match versus No. 14 Texas A&M on March 3 at 2 p.m. CT, and a road contest at No. 9 LSU on March 5 at 1 p.m. CT.
National Singles & Doubles Rankings Update
The 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.