Barry, Armstrong Atlantic top ITA Division II College Tennis Rankings
SKILLMAN, NJ (Feb. 26) - The first ITA Division II National Team Rankings of 2014 have been released, with the Barry men and Armstrong Atlantic women leading the way.
Follow the Leader: For the men, following Barry is (in order): Armstrong Atlantic, West Florida, Lynn, Hawaii Pacific, Concordia, Lander, Saint Leo, Columbus State and Fresno Pacific. For the women, following Armstrong Atlantic is: BYU Hawaii, Barry, Hawaii Pacific, Columbus State, Lynn, West Florida, Saint Leo, Rollins and Florida Southern.
Conference Count: Men's Top 25: Peach Belt - 6; Sunshine State - 5; Pac-West- 4; Gulf South - 3; Lone Star - 2; CACC, GLVC, Heartland and MIAA - 1 and one independent team. Three teams from both the Peach Belt and Sunshine State Conferences are ranked inside the Top 10, while the Pac-West has two Top 10 teams. Women's Top 25: Sunshine State - 8; Pac-West - 5; Peach Belt - 3; Gulf South - 2; ECC, GLVC, Heartland, Lone Star and PSAC - 1. There are also two independent schools in the women's Top 25. Five Sunshine State teams are ranked inside the Top 10 as are two Peach Belt and two Pac-West teams.
Double-Dip: A total of 15 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25. Armstrong Atlantic, Barry, Columbus State, Hawaii Pacific, Lynn, Saint Leo and West Florida find both their men's and women's team inside the Top 10.
Top 25 Caliber: Two men's teams have cracked the Top 25 in this week's ranking. Valdosta moved up from No. 27 in the fall preseason rankings to its current No. 14 after beating both No. 9 Rollins College and No. 11 Georgia College in recent weeks and No. 25 Florida Southern moved up one spot from last fall's preseason rankings. On the women's side, three new teams are inside the Top 25: Academy of Art (No. 13), Azusa Pacific (No. 16) and Young Harris (No. 24).
Top 50 Newcomers: The first 2014 ITA team ranking has allowed for seven teams to their debut inside the Top 50. In the men's rankings, five new teams are now ranked: Mount Olive (No. 30), Delta State (No. 34), Indianapolis (No. 39), Flagler (No. 44) and Sonoma State (No. 48). On the women's side, Arkansas Tech (No. 34) and University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (No. 47) entered the Top 50.
About the ITA Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the ITA College Tennis Rankings (Singles, Doubles, and Team) that are designed to track the top men and women teams and singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, Junior Colleges and California Junior Colleges. For full rankings information, please visit http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.