Tar Heel Takeover: North Carolina Moves into Top Spot of ITA Women's Team Rankings

Feb. 12 Rankings Scroll

Tar Heel Takeover: North Carolina Moves into Top Spot of ITA Women's Team Rankings
Singles, doubles rankings also released on men's and women's side

ITA Division I Men's Rankings | ITA Division I Women's Rankings

SKILLMAN, NJ (Feb. 12) – A major shakeup in the ITA Women’s Team Rankings occurred following the conclusion of the 2013 ITA DI National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. By virtue of winning the title, the North Carolina Tar Heels vaulted from No. 8 to No. 1 this week, eclipsing the Florida Gators. It is the first time the Tar Heels have been ranked No. 1 since April 20, 2010, which was also the last time a team from the ACC sat atop the poll. The rest of the Top 10 saw plenty of movement as well, as only No. 9 Alabama remained in the same spot from the previous ranking.

No men's team rankings were released this week as the 2013 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Washington at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and the Seattle Tennis Club, is set to begin Friday, February 15.

Updated singles and doubles rankings were also released today. On the women's side, USC's Sabrina Santamaria now claims the top spot in singles, tied with Cal's Zsofi Susanyi, and doubles, with partner Kaitlyn Christian. For the men, Virginia's Alex Domijan is now the top ranked singles player, while the Auburn duo of Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies are ranked first in doubles.

Follow the Leader: Following North Carolina is (in order): Florida, UCLA, Duke, Georgia, USC, Stanford, Cal, Alabama, and Northwestern.

Conference Count: Women's Top 25: ACC and SEC – 6; Big Ten and Pac-12 – 4; Big 12 – 3; Big East and Ivy League – 1. Four different conferences placed at least one team in the Top 10, including all four of the Pac-12 squads.

New Additions: One team has cracked the Top 75 for the first time this season, while another has moved back into the Top 25 in this week’s rankings. The Denver Pioneers just snuck into the rankings at No. 74 on the strength of their 4-3 upset over then-No. 64 Wichita State. The Pioneers were able to secure the doubles point and win three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the victory. Meanwhile, the Purdue Boilermakers moved up two spots to No. 24 in the nation. Purdue has a victory over No. 35 Washington State so far this season, while its only setback came against No. 10 Northwestern. The Boilermakers will put their ranking to the test this weekend as they travel to Notre Dame to face the 19th-ranked Fighting Irish.  

Singled Out: Below is a look at the Top 10 singles players in the ITA Men's and Women's College Tennis Singles Rankings.

Rank Player School   Rank Player School
1 Alex Domijan Virginia   1 Zsofi Susanyi Cal
2 Peter Kobelt Ohio State   1 Sabrina Santamaria USC
3 Matija Pecotic Princeton   3 Danielle Lao USC
4 Sebastian Fanselow Pepperdine   4 Lauren Embree Florida
5 Mac Styslinger Virginia   5 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar Texas A&M
6 Jonas Lutjen Ole Miss   6 Robin Anderson UCLA
7 Jarmere Jenkins Virginia   7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti North Carolina
8 KU Singh Georgia   8 Lauren Herring Georgia
9 Henrique Cunha Duke   9 Sofie Oyen Florida
10 Emilio Gomez USC   10 Krista Hardebeck Stanford

Double Dose: Below are the Top Five doubles pairs in the ITA Men's and Women's College Tennis Doubles Rankings.

Rank Player Player School   Rank Player Player School
1 Daniel Cochrane Andreas Mies Auburn   1 Kaitlyn Christian Sabrina Santamaria USC
2 Henrique Cunha Raphael Hemmeler Duke   2 Alexa Guarachi Mary Anne Macfarlane Alabama
3 Vikram Hundal Juan Spir Georgia Tech   3 Kata Szekely Brynn Boren Tennessee
4 Jarmere Jenkins Mac Styslinger Virginia   4 Maria Belaya Jeltje Loomans William & Mary
5 Ben Wagland Hernus Pieters  Georgia   5 Erin Vierra Maci Epstein Virginia

Coming Up Next:
The 2013 ITA Team Rankings continue next Tuesday, February 19th, with a new set of men’s and women's rankings. Singles and doubles rankings for both the men and women will be published again on Tuesday, February 26th.

Division I Women's Top 25 1/30 Rank
1. North Carolina 8
2. Florida 1
3. UCLA 2
4. Duke 3
5. Georgia 6
6. USC 4
7. Stanford 5
8. Cal 6
9. Alabama 9
10. Northwestern 14
11. Texas A&M 13
12. Miami (Fla.) 10
13. Michigan 16
14. Texas 11
15. Nebraska 17
16. Virginia 12
17. Vanderbilt 21
18. Baylor 15
19. Notre Dame 18
20. Clemson 19
21. Texas Tech 20
22. Georgia Tech 22
23. Yale 24
24. Purdue 26
25. Tennessee 25
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