Virginia, North Carolina Hold Steady at No. 1 in ITA College Tennis Rankings

Rankings.March26.2013

Virginia, North Carolina Hold Steady at No. 1 in ITA College Tennis Rankings

Domijan, Embree top singles rankings, Duke and USC remain No. 1 in doubles

SKILLMAN, NJ (Mar. 26) – Another week of collegiate tennis is in the books and to no surprise the Virginia men and the North Carolina women are the top teams in the ITA College Tennis Rankings again.  The Virginia men completed another flawless week of matches, registering ACC wins over Duke and North Carolina, while, the women of North Carolina tallied a conference win against North Carolina State and picked up a victory over No. 11 Northwestern.

For the fourth straight ranking period, Virginia’s Alex Domijan checked-in as the No. 1 singles player in the country, while, Duke’s doubles pair of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler claimed the top spot in the doubles ranking.  On the women’s side, Florida’s Lauren Embree sits atop the singles rankings for the third straight ranking period and USC’s Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria continue to lead the pack in doubles, owning the No. 1 spot for the sixth consecutive time this season.

Follow the Leader: For the men, following Virginia is (in order): USC, Georgia, UCLA, Tennessee, Pepperdine, Ohio State, Kentucky, Duke, and Ole Miss.  On the women’s side, North Carolina is followed by Florida, Texas A&M, UCLA, Georgia, USC,  Duke, Alabama, Miami (Florida), and Michigan.

Conference Count: Men’s Top 25: SEC – 9; ACC – 4; Big 12 & Pac-12 – 3; Big Ten – 2; Conference USA, Ivy League, Missouri Valley, & WCC – 1.  Once again, the SEC has four men’s teams inside the Top 10, while the ACC and the Pac-12 each have two.  Women’s Top 25: SEC – 7; Pac-12 – 5; ACC & Big Ten – 4; Big 12 – 3; Big East & Conference USA – 1.  The SEC has also landed four women’s teams in the Top 10, along with three squads from the ACC and two from the Pac-12.

Double-Dip: A total of 11 schools have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside the Top 25. Duke, Georgia, UCLA, and USC find both their men’s and women’s teams inside the Top 10 this week.

School

Men

Women

Cal

15

13

Clemson

21

15

Duke

9

7

Florida

20

2

Georgia

3

5

Tennessee

5

23

Texas

17

24

Texas A&M

12

3

UCLA

4

4

USC

2

6

Vanderbilt

14

19

 

Top 25 Caliber: Five new teams made their way into the Top 25 this week, including the men from Baylor and South Carolina, as well as the women of Rice, Tennessee and Oklahoma State. Of all the newcomers, the Oklahoma State women made the biggest move, jumping 10 spots to No. 25 after a 5-2 signature win against No. 12 Nebraska.  Oklahoma State, Rice and South Carolina are all making their season debut inside the Top 25.

Top 75 Newcomers: A total of nine teams (three men, six women) cracked the Top 75 this week.  Of the nine teams, three are making their 2013 debut: Men – Elon; Women – Central Florida and Cornell.

Men

Women

Tulane (55)

Cornell (64)

Santa Clara (67)

UNLV (67)

Elon (72)

Elon (68)

 

Central Florida (72)

 

San Jose State (73)

 

Kansas (74)

 

Upset Central: Below is a listing of all of the upsets of both men's and women's Top 25 teams from the previous week. All listed results are from Monday, March 18th through Sunday, March 24th.  In total, two Top five teams were defeated, all on the men’s side, including former No. 4 Kentucky who fell in two matches in the highly competitive SEC conference.

Men

Date

Team

 

Opponent

Score

03/24/13

at #35 Auburn University

def.

#18 University of Florida

4-0

03/24/13

#6 University of Georgia

def.

at #4 University of Kentucky

4-2

03/23/13

at #11 Pepperdine

def.

#10 University of Oklahoma

4-3

03/23/13

at #23 Harvard University

def.

#20 Drake University

4-2

03/22/13

at #48 Louisiana State University

def.

#7 University of Mississippi

4-3

03/22/13

#45 North Carolina State

def.

at #15 Clemson University

4-2

03/22/13

#9 University of Tennessee

def.

at #4 University of Kentucky

4-1

 

Women

Date

Team

 

Opponent

Score

03/24/13

at #28 University of Tennessee

def.

#16 Vanderbilt University

4-2

03/22/13

at #49 University of South Carolina

def.

#18 Auburn University

4-1

03/21/13

at #35 Oklahoma State University

def.

#12 University of Nebraska

5-2

 

Top 10 ITA Singles Rankings:

Men

School

 

Women

School

1. Alex Domijan

Virginia

 

1. Lauren Embree

Florida

2. Jarmere Jenkins

Virginia

 

2. Sabrina Santamaria

USC

3. Mikelis Libietis

Tennessee

 

3. Robin Anderson

UCLA

4. Peter Kobelt

Ohio State

 

4. Zsofi Susanyi

Cal

5. Henrique Cunha

Duke

 

5. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar

Texas A&M

6. Emilio Gomez

USC

 

6. Anett Schutting

Cal

7. Matija Pecotic

Princeton

 

7. Danielle Lao

USC

8. Nik Scholtz

Ole Miss

 

8. Lauren Herring

Georgia

9. Ray Sarmiento

USC

 

9. Gina Suarez-Malaguti

North Carolina

10. Sebastian Fanselow

Pepperdine

 

10. Ema Burgic

Baylor

 

Top Five ITA Doubles Rankings:

Men

School

 

Women

School

1. Cunha/Hemmeler

Duke

 

1. Christian/Santamaria

USC

2. Jenkins/Styslinger

Virginia

 

2. Bolender/Bektas

Michigan

3. Hundal/Spir

Georgia Tech

 

3. Szekely/Boren

Tennessee

4. Scholtz/Lutjen

Ole Miss

 

4. Fuller/Garcia

Georgia

5. Cochrane/Mies

Auburn

 

5. Belaya/Loomans

William and Mary

 

Top Freshmen:

Men

 

Women

16. Mac Styslinger, Virginia

 

14. Krista Hardebeck, Stanford

20. Romain Bogaerts, Mississippi State

 

15. Julia Elbaba, Virginia

39. Ryan Shane, Virginia

 

24. Nadia Ravita, Kentucky

42. Jared Hiltzik, Illinois

 

25. Whitney Kay, North Carolina

 

 

31. Daneika Borthwick, Florida State

 

 

36. Pleun Burgmans, Auburn

 

 

39. Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan

 

 

42. Anne-Liz Jeukeng, Clemson

 

 

47. Yang Pang, Arkansas

 

 

50. Breaunna Addison, Texas

 

Coming Up Next: The 2013 ITA Team Rankings will be published again next Tuesday, April 2nd, while the singles and doubles rankings return on April 9th and will be posted each week for the remainder of the season.

Rank

Previous

 

Rank

Previous

1. Virginia

1

 

1. North Carolina

1

2. USC

3

 

2. Florida

2

3. Georgia

6

 

3. Texas A&M

3

4. UCLA

2

 

4. UCLA

4

5. Tennessee

9

 

5. Georgia

5

6. Pepperdine

11

 

6. USC

6

7. Ohio State

5

 

7. Duke

7

8. Kentucky

4

 

8. Alabama

8

9. Duke

8

 

9. Miami (Florida)

10

10. Mississippi

7

 

10. Michigan

9

11. Oklahoma

10

 

11. Northwestern

11

12. Texas A&M

14

 

12. Nebraska

12

13. Mississippi State

12

 

13. California, Berkeley

13

14. Vanderbilt

13

 

14. Stanford

15

15. California, Berkeley

24

 

15. Clemson

14

16. Harvard

23

 

16. Notre Dame

17

17. Texas

17

 

17. Purdue

21

18. Florida State

16

 

18. Texas Tech

20

19. Illinois

19

 

19. Vanderbilt

16

20. Florida

18

 

20. Rice

27

21. Clemson

15

 

21. Arizona State

19

22. Baylor

29

 

22. Auburn

18

23. Drake

20

 

23. Tennessee

28

24. Tulsa

21

 

24. Texas

22

25. South Carolina

34

 

25. Oklahoma State

35

 

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