UNC, Oklahoma Hold No. 1 Spots in ITA Division I National Team Rankings
Tar Heels complete undefeated regular season while Sooners split Big 12 with Baylor
The No. 2 USC women also clinched a perfect regular season conference record with a comeback victory over crosstown rival UCLA on Thursday. The No. 6 Bruins led the match 3-0 before USC rattled off the final four points for a 4-3 win, completing the Trojans' second perfect Pac-12 season in the last three years. No. 3 California defeated rival Stanford in their regular season finale and moved up one spot this week.
No. 4 Vanderbilt, which had been hovering around No. 10 all season and ranked No. 9 last week, won the SEC tournament outright by beating No. 14 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia and No. 5 Florida on consecutive days. The wins gave the Commodores their first SEC tournament title in program history, and registering wins over Florida and Georgia in the same season was another program first for Vanderbilt.
No. 11 Michigan continued its stranglehold on Big Ten hardware by clinching a sixth-straight conference championship this week. Wins over nemesis Ohio State and Penn State gave Michigan a second straight perfect Big Ten season, and the Wolverines have lost just two conference matches during their six-year conference championship streak.
On the men's side, the Big 12's grip on the Top 2 spots continues as Oklahoma and Baylor sit at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, for the fifth straight week. Texas A&M climbed the ladder to the No. 3 spot by knocking off a trio of Top 25 opponents in claiming its second-straight SEC Tournament championship.
The Aggies cruised to the title match, shutting out both No. 25 LSU and No. 20 Mississippi State to set up a final with No. 5 Georgia. Texas A&M won and avenged its only conference loss of the regular season, with senior Jeremy Efferding clinching the 4-2 win on court one.
Also taking down a Top 5 opponent this week was Minnesota, which scraped out a 4-3 win over No. 3 Illinois. No. 94 Matic Spec and Jack Hamburg posted ranked wins at second and fifth singles for the Gophers and senior Mathieu Froment capped off the upset by winning a third-set tiebreaker at sixth singles. Minnesota then topped Northwestern on Sunday to claim a share of the Big Ten regular season title for the first time since 1995. The Gophers rose ten spots in the rankings to No. 23, their highest position this season.
Georgia Tech earned its highest ranking this season, shooting up to No. 55 from outside the Top 75. After narrowly missing a few major upsets this season, the Yellow Jackets finally broke through in a 4-3 triumph over No. 8 Duke. Texas at San Antonio earned a place in the Top 75 at No. 58 after capturing the crown at the Conference USA Tournament. The Roadrunners recorded consecutive wins over No. 58 Old Dominion and No. 54 Rice to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Team Championship.
In the individual rankings, UCLA's Robin Anderson, Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland and Alabama's Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe all held their No. 1 rankings. Baylor's Julian Lenz moved back to the top of the ITA Division I National Men's Singles Rankings with a pair of Top 40 wins, including a victory against No. 5 Søren Hess-Olesen of Texas.
Men's Top 25: SEC - 6, Big 12 and ACC - 5; Big Ten and Pac-12 - 3; AAC, WCC and Ivy - 1
Women's Top 25: SEC - 8; ACC and Pac-12 - 5; Big 12 - 4; Big Ten - 2; WCC - 1
Coming Up Next: ITA Division I National Team, Singles and Doubles Rankings will be released next on Friday, May 1. Complete ITA College Tennis Rankings can be found here.
|ITA Division I Rankings|
|Men's Top 25||Previous||Women's Top 25||Previous|
|1||University of Oklahoma||1||1||North Carolina||1|
|2||Baylor University||2||2||University of Southern California||2|
|3||Texas A&M University||6||3||California||3|
|4||University of Illinois||3||4||Vanderbilt University||9|
|5||University of Virginia||4||5||University of Florida||3|
|7||University of Georgia||5||7||University of Georgia||6|
|8||University of Southern California||9||8||Baylor University||8|
|9||Duke University||8||9||Texas A&M University||7|
|10||University of Texas||10||10||University of Virginia||12|
|11||Wake Forest University||12||11||Oklahoma State University||10|
|12||Ohio State University||11||12||University of Michigan||14|
|13||University of Mississippi||13||13||Stanford||11|
|14||Virginia Tech||14||14||University of Alabama||13|
|15||UCLA||19||15||University of Miami (Florida)||16|
|16||North Carolina||15||16||Texas Tech University||15|
|17||Texas Tech University||16||17||TCU||19|
|18||Mississippi State University||20||18||Ohio State University||17|
|19||University of South Florida||21||19||Pepperdine||18|
|20||Columbia University||23||20||University of Mississippi||22|
|21||University of Florida||17||21||Clemson University||21|
|22||University of San Diego||18||22||LSU||24|
|23||University of Minnesota||33||23||Duke University||23|
|24||Vanderbilt University||22||24||University of Kentucky||20|
|25||California||28||25||Arizona State University||26|
About the ITA Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the ITA College 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 www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.