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 ITA Division I National Team Rankings

After Conference Championship Play
Trojans and Sooners awarded No. 1 seeds in NCAA Championship

 

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SKILLMAN, NJ (May 1) - While many teams and conference finished their schedules of play prior to last week's April 21 rankings, those that did play shook up the men's and women's Top 10's. On the men's side, Oklahoma and Baylor remain No. 1 and No. 2, while the women's Top 2 flip-flopped between Southern California and North Carolina for the third time in six weeks.

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.  

 

Conference Count:

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  

 

Double-Dip: This week, 15 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25.
School Men Women
Baylor 2 9
Duke 10 20
Florida 22 5
Georgia 7 7
Mississippi 14 23
North Carolina 13 2
Ohio State 11 18
Stanford 23 14
TCU 6 17
Texas A&M 5 10
Texas Tech 19 16
UCLA 16 6
USC 8 1
Vanderbilt 24 4
Virginia 3 8

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
6 TCU 6   6 UCLA  6
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
17 Columbia University 20   17 TCU  17
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

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