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Undefeated North Carolina, Battle-Tested Oklahoma Top ITA Division I National Team Rankings

Tar Heels bump Trojans to No. 2; Sooners defeat No. 2 Baylor 

 

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SKILLMAN, NJ (April 14) - The undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels have regained the No. 1 women's ranking for the first time in a month, while the Oklahoma Sooners extended their No. 1 ranking streak to seven weeks on the men's side in the ITA Division I National Team Rankings.

North Carolina is back on top this week after being ranked No. 2 for the last three weeks. The 24-0 Tar Heels picked up a key ACC win this week over No. 12 Virginia, by a 4-3 score in Chapel Hill, and bumped the 20-2 USC Trojans out of the No. 1 spot. One of USC's two losses this season was to Virginia during the ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship.  

 

In the SEC, the Florida Gators picked up a key conference win over the Georgia Bulldogs, taking the Top 10 matchup 4-3 in Gainesville. The win helped boost Florida from No. 6 to No. 3 in the ITA Rankings this week and dropped Georgia from No. 5 to No. 6. It also landed the Gators the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament.  

 

Trailing Georgia at No. 7 in the rankings are the Texas A&M Aggies, who continued their late-season surge by picking up Top 10 wins at No. 8 Baylor and against No. 9 Vanderbilt this week. The SEC has eight teams ranked in the Top 25 this week, tying the conference's season-high from February.

 

In the Ivy League, Princeton put itself in the pole position after beating No. 35 Dartmouth and Harvard on the road over the weekend. The wins catapulted the Tigers from No. 53 to No. 40 this week and secured a second-straight Ivy League title share, with a chance to win the league outright by beating either No. 75 Cornell or No. 46 Columbia next week.


On the men's side, the top four remained the same for the third consecutive week, with Oklahoma and Baylor holding the No. 1 and 2 spots despite a very active weekend in the Big 12. The top-ranked Sooners edged No. 2 Baylor, 4-3, in front of 1,479 fans on Friday to earn its third win over the Bears this season. Baylor rebounded with a 4-0 win over No. 25 Oklahoma State, but the Sooners were dealt their second loss of the season and first in Big 12 play by Texas Tech on Sunday. The Red Raiders' first win over a No. 1 in program history ushered them seven spots up the rankings to No. 16, their highest ranking this year.

 

Another Big 12 team climbed to new heights this week, as TCU posted a second 4-0 win over Texas A&M this season and rose three spots to No. 7. The Horned Frogs have registered three shutouts over Top 10 opponents this season and have been ranked in the Top 10 since March 24.

 

Stanford also made significant noise in conference play, defeating Pac-12 rivals USC (No. 5) and UCLA (No. 15) to move to 6-0 in conference action and extended its winning streak to nine matches. The Cardinals lost to both the Trojans and Bruins in late February, but have not been beaten since their Feb. 28 loss to UCLA. With the pair of wins, Stanford entered the Top 25 for the first time this season, jumping 12 spots to its current ranking of No. 24.

 

In individual play, Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez topped No. 1 Julian Lenz of Baylor to earn the No. 1 men's singles ranking. Alvarez is in the midst of a 19-match winning streak which spans the entire dual match season and dates back to Jan. 19. Alvarez is joined by UCLA's Robin Anderson atop the singles rankings, as Anderson remained No. 1 for the third straight edition of the women's singles rankings.

 

Also ranking No. 1 for the third straight time are Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland, who lead the men's doubles rankings. On the women's side, Alabama's 2014 NCAA doubles champion duo of Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe are back on top for the first issue since the September preseason rankings.

 

Conference Count:

Men's Top 25: SEC - 7, Big 12 and ACC - 5; Pac-12 - 3; Big Ten - 2; 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, 16 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25.

School Men Women
Baylor 2 8
Duke 8 23
Florida 17
3
Georgia 5 6
LSU 25
24
Mississippi 13 22
North Carolina 15
1
Ohio State 11 17
Stanford
24
11
TCU 7 19
Texas A&M 6 7
Texas Tech 16 15
UCLA 19 5
USC 9 2
Vanderbilt 22 9
Virginia 4
12

Coming Up Next: ITA Division I National Team, Singles and Doubles Rankings will be released next on April 21. Complete ITA College Tennis Rankings can be found here.

 

ITA Rankings
Division I Men's Top 25 Previous   Division I Women's Top 25 Previous
1 University of Oklahoma 1   1 North Carolina  2
2 Baylor University 2   2 University of Southern California  1
3 University of Illinois 3   3 University of Florida  6
4 University of Virginia 4   4 California  3
5 University of Georgia 8   5 UCLA  4
6 Texas A&M University 7   6 University of Georgia  5
7 TCU 10   7 Texas A&M University  10
8 Duke University 6   8 Baylor University  7
9 University of Southern California 5   9 Vanderbilt University  8
10 University of Texas 9   10 Oklahoma State University  9
11 Ohio State University 11   11 Stanford  13
12 Wake Forest University 13   12 University of Virginia  12
13 University of Mississippi 14   13 University of Alabama  11
14 Virginia Tech 12   14 University of Michigan  14
15 North Carolina 16   15 Texas Tech University  15
16 Texas Tech University 23   16 University of Miami (Florida)  17
17 University of Florida 17   17 Ohio State University  18
18 University of San Diego 18   18 Pepperdine  16
19 UCLA 15   19 TCU  19
20 Mississippi State University 20   20 University of Kentucky  21
21 University of South Florida 19   21 Clemson University  20
22 Vanderbilt University 21   22 University of Mississippi  25
23 Columbia University 22   23 Duke University  22
24 Stanford University 36   24 LSU  27
25 LSU 24   25 Georgia Tech  35

 

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