USC and Oklahoma Top ITA Division I National Team Rankings
After Conference Championship Play
Trojans and Sooners awarded No. 1 seeds in NCAA Championship
The USC women's tennis team moved back ahead of North Carolina in the ITA Division I Women's National Team Rankings, by virtue of a loss by the latter. While USC's singles and doubles players competed in the Pac-12 Championships, North Carolina suffered its first loss of the season in the ACC Tournament semifinals, losing 4-1 to Virginia. The Tar Heels finish the regular season with a 27-1 record. USC wrapped up a perfect Pac-12 Conference record and a composite 21-2 regular season tally.
The No. 3 through No. 7 rankings remain unchanged from the last edition, as each of those teams had previously finished their regular seasons or conference tournaments. Virginia won the ACC Tournament last week by defeating Georgia Tech in the championship and moved up from No. 10 to No. 8. Georgia Tech cracked the Top 25 with its finals appearance, picking up tournament wins over NC State, Florida State and Duke to reach the No. 24 ranking, up from No. 27.
Baylor won the Big 12 Tournament, completing three 4-0 shutouts over No. 16 Texas Tech, No. 17 TCU and Kansas State for the crown. The Bears were leapfrogged by Virginia in the rankings, and slipped from No. 8 to No. 9.
The No. 11 Michigan Wolverines won the Big Ten Championship over archrival Ohio State, snapping a 10-match losing streak in Big Ten Championship matches that dates back to 1997. The Wolverines won their sixth-straight regular season conference title earlier in April, but had not found the same success in its conference tournament in nearly twenty years. No. 19 Pepperdine also wrapped up a conference championship, their 25th in program history, recording three 4-0 shutouts to close out the West Coast Conference season.
On the men's side, Oklahoma and Baylor made it six straight weeks at 1-2 after a highly competitive Big 12 Championship match. Both the Sooners and Bears were pushed to third-set tie-breaks in the deciding points in their respective semifinals against Top 10 opponents before advancing to face off against each other for the fourth time this season. Oklahoma swept the season series with another narrow 4-3 victory and claimed its third Big 12 Championship title.
Virginia matched its highest ranking of the season, rising to No. 3 upon winning its ninth consecutive ACC Championship title. Virginia stretched its winning streak to 14 matches with wins over No. 33 Florida State, No. 16 North Carolina and No. 11 Wake Forest to earn the tournament hardware. The Cavaliers were last ranked No. 3 on Feb. 3, and their 23-3 record only includes losses to Oklahoma and Baylor (twice).
Following the Cavaliers at No. 4 is Illinois, who won the Big Ten Championship by shutting out all three opponents in the tournament. The Illini capped off their run with a win over No. 12 Ohio State, their second straight shutout over the Buckeyes. Illinois went 3-0 against Ohio State in 2015, reversing the momentum of the Buckeyes who had won four straight dating back to 2012.
Georgia Tech climbed 13 spots to No. 42 after racing to the ACC Championship semifinals, earning a bid to the NCAA Team Championships just two weeks after being unranked on April 14. Boise State was the only team to enter the Top 75 this week, checking in at No. 63 after winning the Mountain West Championship as the No. 5 seed.
In the ITA Division I Singles Rankings, UCLA's Robin Anderson is ranked No. 1 for the fifth-straight edition, while Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez Llamas overtook Baylor's Julian Lenz for the men's No. 1 ranking. In doubles, Alabama's Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe are top-ranked for the third-straight week, while Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland are the No. 1 men's doubles, team their fifth-straight recognition.
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 - 6; Pac-12 and Big 12 - 4; Big Ten - 2; WCC - 1
Coming Up Next: Final ITA Division I National Team Rankings will be published on May 26, with final national singles and doubles and regional team, singles and doubles rankings released the following week. 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||University of Southern California||2|
|2||Baylor University||2||2||North Carolina||1|
|3||University of Virginia||5||3||California||3|
|4||University of Illinois||4||4||Vanderbilt University||4|
|5||Texas A&M University||3||5||University of Florida||5|
|7||University of Georgia||7||7||University of Georgia||7|
|8||University of Southern California||8||8||University of Virginia||10|
|9||University of Texas||10||9||Baylor University||8|
|10||Duke University||9||10||Texas A&M University||9|
|11||Ohio State University||12||11||University of Michigan||12|
|12||Wake Forest University||11||12||Oklahoma State University||11|
|13||North Carolina||16||13||University of Alabama||14|
|14||University of Mississippi||13||14||Stanford||13|
|15||Virginia Tech||14||15||University of Miami (Florida)||15|
|16||UCLA||15||16||Texas Tech University||16|
|18||University of South Florida||19||18||Ohio State University||18|
|19||Texas Tech University||17||19||Pepperdine||19|
|20||Mississippi State University||18||20||Duke University||23|
|21||University of San Diego||22||21||Clemson University||21|
|22||University of Florida||21||22||LSU||22|
|23||Stanford University||26||23||University of Mississippi||20|
|24||Vanderbilt University||24||24||Georgia Tech||27|
|25||University of Minnesota||23||25||University of Kentucky||24|
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.