Virginia, Vanderbilt Top Final Oracle/ITA National Collegiate Tennis Rankings
Vanderbilt, which began the spring with a shaky 4-4 record, proved it's not how you start but how you finish. Winners of 21 of their last 23 matches and 10 in a row, the Commodores won SEC and NCAA Championships and claimed the final No. 1 ranking of the 2014-15 season.
After achieving the program's first No. 1 ranking since 2003 this season, USC was edged by Vanderbilt from the top spot and finished the year ranked No. 2. NCAA Championship runner-up UCLA rose from No. 6 from No. 3 in the final rankings, while North Carolina, which lost to UCLA in the Elite Eight, fell from No. 2 to No. 4. NCAA Semifinalist Georgia moved up two spots to No. 5.
Florida reached the NCAA Elite Eight but fell one spot from No. 5 to No. 6, falling behind SEC rival Georgia. No. 7 Cal, upset by rival Stanford in the NCAA Sweet 16, fell from No. 3. Despite the upset, No. 11 Stanford finished outside the Top 10, the first finish outside the Top 10 for the Cardinal since at least 1987.
Baylor and Virginia flip-flopped the No. 8 and No. 9 rankings this week, with No. 8 Baylor edging the No. 9 Cavaliers in the NCAA Sweet 16 for its third victory over Virginia this season. Rounding out the Top 10 is Texas A&M, which retained the No. 10 ranking after advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Upon winning their second NCAA Championship in the last three seasons and in program history, the Virginia Cavaliers reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the Oracle/ITA National Collegiate Tennis Rankings for the first time since Feb. 4, 2014. The Cavaliers defeated Oklahoma 4-1 in the title match to knock the Sooners out of the No. 1 slot for the first time since Feb. 24, with Oklahoma having topped the rankings for nine straight editions. The Sooners finish as the No. 2 team and NCAA runners-up for the second straight season.
A trio of Texas teams filled the next few spots, with Baylor, TCU and Texas A&M rounding out the Top 5. Baylor and TCU both made runs to the Final Four and Texas A&M were ousted in the NCAA Quarterfinals by the eventual champion Cavaliers.
Illinois comes in as the top-ranked Big Ten team, finishing No. 6 after a 27-5 campaign, a Sweet 16 appearance and a Big Ten Tournament title. USC ends 2015 ranked No. 7 after a 25-5 season was ended by host Baylor in the NCAA Quarterfinals, the ninth straight appearance for the Trojans in the final eight. Rounding out the Top 10 are Georgia, Texas and Duke, respectively. North Carolina finished No. 11 and was the only team outside the Top 10 to make the NCAA Quarterfinals.
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
|Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings|
|Men's Top 25||Previous||Women's Top 25||Previous|
|1||University of Virginia||3||1||Vanderbilt University||4|
|2||University of Oklahoma||1||2||University of Southern California||1|
|5||Texas A&M University||5||5||University of Georgia||7|
|6||University of Illinois||4||6||University of Florida||5|
|7||University of Southern California||8||7||California||3|
|8||University of Georgia||7||8||Baylor University||9|
|9||University of Texas||9||9||University of Virginia||8|
|10||Duke University||10||10||Texas A&M University||10|
|12||Ohio State University||11||12||Oklahoma State University||12|
|13||Wake Forest University||12||13||University of Michigan||11|
|14||Columbia University||17||14||University of Alabama||13|
|15||UCLA||16||15||University of Miami (Florida)||15|
|16||University of South Florida||18||16||Texas Tech University||16|
|17||University of Mississippi||14||17||TCU||17|
|18||Virginia Tech||15||18||Clemson University||21|
|19||Texas Tech University||19||19||Duke University||20|
|20||Stanford University||23||20||Georgia Tech||24|
|21||University of Minnesota||25||21||Ohio State University||18|
|22||University of San Diego||21||22||Pepperdine||19|
|23||Mississippi State University||20||23||LSU||22|
|24||Vanderbilt University||24||24||University of Mississippi||23|
|25||University of Florida||22||25||University of Kentucky||25|
About the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the Oracle/ITA Collegiate 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.