UCLA women, USC men reach top spots in ITA Division I Team Rankings

Rankings Graphic - April 22, 2014
UCLA women, USC men reach top spots in
 ITA Division I Team Rankings

USC's Sarmiento and Hanfmann claim No.1 doubles ranking 

 

ITA Division I Men's Rankings | ITA Division I Women's Rankings 

SKILLMAN, NJ (April 22) - The UCLA women and USC men both earned No. 1 spots in the ITA Division I National Team Rankings for a second time this season.

A number of upsets on the women's side occurred over the weekend, including No. 1 Duke losing to both No. 17 Clemson and No. 27 Georgia Tech, sending the Blue Devils down to No. 6 from the top spot. Georgia moved up four spots to No. 2 after winning its seventh SEC Championship title 4-0 over No. 3 Alabama. The California women moved up from No. 10 to No. 4 after beating No. 5 Stanford, 6-1, to clinch the Pac-12 regular season conference title. Other big movers were Rice, who jumped 10 spots to No. 19 after a 4-2 win over No. 19 Tulsa while South Florida moved from No. 41 to No. 31 after beating No. 39 Memphis and No. 32 Houston to win the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Championships. Also jumping 10 spots was No. 43 LSU, who upset No. 26 Tennessee, 4-0, at the SEC Championships.

On the men's side, the Trojans powered past UCLA 4-2 for a second win over the Bruins to take the regular season series 2-1 and earn the No.1 ranking. Texas A&M battled past No. 30 South Carolina, No. 12 Kentucky and No. 15 Florida to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship, earning the Aggies a three-spot jump and the No. 8 ranking. Stanford made the largest improvement in the rankings, avenging a 7-0 loss to California with a 5-2 win on Saturday to garner the No. 27 ranking, a 10-spot leap.

Jamie Loeb of UNC continued her reign in the ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings and is now is 45-2 on the season and is on a 20-match win streak. The Tar Heel is followed in the rankings by Robin Anderson (UCLA), Kristie Ahn (Stanford), Julia Elbaba (Virginia), and Hayley Carter (UNC). In doubles, Anderson and partner Jennifer Brady kept their No. 1 spot in the rankings, which they have held since February 25.

On the men's side, Clay Thompson sits atop the ITA National Men's Singles Rankings for the eighth straight time with a 37-4 record. He is followed by Julian Lenz (Baylor), Marcos Giron (UCLA), Mitchell Frank (Virginia) and Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma). Ole Miss' Nik Scholtz earned a place in the Top 10 with his seventh and eighth consecutive victories. The Rebel bested No. 27 Hunter Reese and No. 11 Tom Jomby to improve nine spots to No. 9 in the ITA National Singles Rankings. In doubles, USC's Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann claimed the No. 1 ranking for the first time this season. The pair has a 13-1 overall record and an intact 10-match winning streak.

Follow the Leader: For the men, USC is followed by (in order): Ohio State, Oklahoma, Virginia, UCLA, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, North Carolina and Georgia. On the women's side, UCLA is followed by Georgia, Alabama, Cal, Texas A&M, Duke, Virginia, Florida, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC - 7; ACC - 5; Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten - 3; AAC - 2; MWC and Ivy League - 1. The American Athletic Conference boasts two teams in the Top 25 for the first time in conference history. Women's Top 25: ACC and Pac-12 - 6; SEC - 5, Big 12 - 4; Big Ten and Conference USA Conference - 2. Five SEC teams are in the Top 10, while the Pac-12 has two.

Double-Dip: This week, 14 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25.  

School

Men

Women

Baylor

6

14

California

19

4

Clemson

16

12

Duke

11

6

Florida

15

8

Georgia

10

2

North Carolina

9

11

Oklahoma

3

18

Texas

7

22

Texas A&M

8

5

UCLA

5

1

USC

1

13

Virginia

4

7

Vanderbilt

21

10

 

Top 25 Caliber: Three women's teams moved into the Top 25 this week. Rice improved 10 places up to No. 19 after its 4-2 win over No. 19 Tulsa while Georgia Tech re-entered the Top 25 after its 4-3 win over No. 1 Duke. Arizona moved eight spots to No. 23 after defeating No. 22 Arizona State, 4-2.

 

No. 22 South Florida was the lone men's team to enter the Top 25, jumping four spots after edging Memphis 4-3 for the AAC Championship.

  

Coming Up Next: The 2013-14 ITA Division I National Team, Singles and Doubles Rankings will be published again on Friday, May 2 following NCAA Division I selections. 

 

ITA Rankings

4/15/2014 Rank

ITA Rankings

4/15/2014 Rank

Division I Men's Top 25

Division I Women's Top 25

1. USC

3

1. UCLA

2

2. Ohio State University

1

2. University of Georgia

6

3. University of Oklahoma

2

3. University of Alabama

3

4. University of Virginia

4

4. California

10

5. UCLA

5

5. Texas A&M University

8

6. Baylor University

6

6. Duke University

1

7. University of Texas

7

7. University of Virginia

9

8. Texas A&M University

11

8. University of Florida

4

9. North Carolina

8

9. Stanford

5

10. University of Georgia

9

10. Vanderbilt University

11

11. Duke University

14

11. North Carolina

7

12. University of Illinois

10

12. Clemson University

17

13. University of Notre Dame

13

13. USC

12

14. University of Kentucky

12

14. Baylor University

14

15. University of Florida

15

15. University of Miami (Florida)

15

16. Clemson University

20

16. Northwestern University

13

17. Mississippi State University

17

17. University of Michigan

16

18. Columbia University

19

18. University of Oklahoma

18

19. California

16

19. Rice University

29

20. University of Tennessee

18

20. Georgia Tech

27

21. Vanderbilt University

23

21. University of Tulsa

19

22. University of South Florida

26

22. University of Texas at Austin

20

23. University of Memphis

21

23. University of Arizona

31

24. Penn State University

22

24. Arizona State University

22

25. Boise State University

24

25. Oklahoma State University

21

             
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