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DIII Rankings March 3 Scroll

Trinity (TX) Men and Johns Hopkins Women Reach Number One Rankings 

Both schools won ITA DIII National Team Indoor Championships this month

SKILLMAN, NJ (Mar. 3) - The Trinity (TX) Tiger men and Johns Hopkins Blue Jay women, both fresh off winning ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championships in the past weeks, have taken over the top spots in the ITA Division III National Team Rankings, which were released today. For the Tigers it was their first National Indoor Championship, while the Blue Jays won their third straight.


In the men's rankings, after previously being ranked No. 3, Trinity (TX) leapfrogged Amherst and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with their strong showing in St. Peter, Minnesota. Amherst and CMS now rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Middlebury held on to its No. 4 ranking, while Emory and Washington University - St. Louis flip-flopped at No. 5 and No. 6, with Emory holding the higher card now.


Johns Hopkins retained its No. 7 ranking in this edition, the second and final member of the Top 10 not to have been shuffled elsewhere. No. 8 Kenyon and No. 10 Chicago are new entrants into the Top 10, up from No. 12 and No. 17 respectively. They flank No. 9 Case Western, and all three teams have played each other this spring into a tangled triangle. No. 8 Kenyon sports two wins over No. 9 Case Western and a loss to No. 10 Chicago, while No. 9 Case Western beat No. 10 Chicago, which beat No. 8 Kenyon. It will make for a dramatic Central regional clash throughout the spring.


Beyond the Top 10, the biggest movers were No. 14 Bates (up from No. 28), which beat No. 15 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 23 Whittier in February, both in road contests, and No. 27 Swarthmore, which improved twelve spots aided by a win over No. 33 NYU.


On the women's side, less change was evident in the Top 10 beyond Johns Hopkins' title-winning rise to No 1, up from No. 4. Emory, Williams and Amherst were each bumped down one spot to No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 respectively to accommodate the Blue Jays. No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 6 Bowdoin and No. 7 Carnegie Mellon each maintained their ranking, while No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer improved one ranking from No. 9. Chicago rose three spots from No. 12 to No. 9, while Washington University - St. Louis was bumped from No. 8 to No. 10. Middlebury fell out of the Top 10, from tenth to eleventh.


Just beyond the Top 10 is where significant realignment began. Case Western (from No. 23 to No. 12), Washington & Lee (from No. 20 to No. 13) and Sewanee (No. 21 to No. 14) reshaped the Top 15 and sent several teams back up the tracks. On the court, No. 12 Case Western posted wins over No. 9 Chicago and No. 32 Oberlin in February, No. 13 Washington & Lee downed No. 14 Sewanee and No. 20 Skidmore, while No. 14 Sewanee beat No. 18 DePauw.


New Entrants: Four teams have entered the women's Top 40 this week, with the highest ranked among them being No. 35 Linfield. Lewis & Clark is right behind at No. 36, Coe is No. 39 and Trinity (TX) is a newcomer tied for No. 40. No. 32 North Carolina Wesleyan is the lone newcomer to the men's Top 40.


Double-Dip: Six schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 10.














Johns Hopkins






Washington University - St. Louis 


Women's Regional Team Rankings Also Available:
Women's regional team rankings have also been published today. The next Division III ITA Rankings will be published on March 12 and will contain National Team Rankings only. The March 26 rankings will be the first to contain regional singles and doubles and men's regional team rankings since October 30, 2014.


About the ITA Rankings

As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the ITA College Tennis Rankings (Singles, Doubles, and Team) that are designed to track the top men and women teams and 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/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.