UCLA women, Ohio State men at top spot in ITA Division I Team Rankings

D1 team rankings scroll - March 12

UCLA women, Ohio State men at top spot in
 ITA Division I Team Rankings

Loeb, Thompson remain tops in singles

 

  

SKILLMAN, NJ (March 11) - The UCLA Bruins women are the top ranked women's team for the first time this season, while the Ohio State men enjoy their fourth week at the top of the ITA Division I National Team Rankings. UCLA has only dropped one match all year, to Duke in the final of the 2014 ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship. Ohio State also has one loss, but the Buckeyes have 17 wins and five over Top 10 opponents.

 
The biggest movers on the women's side include North Carolina, who jumped back from No. 12 to No. 6 after defeating No. 5 Virginia in Charlottesville last weekend. The Stanford women, who are 8-0 this year, moved from No. 9 to No. 4 after a win over No. 16 Cal.

 

On the men's side, Oklahoma bested its previous high ranking of No. 4 by climbing to No. 2 on the heels of a 4-1 win over top-ranked Ohio State. After floating around No. 20 all season, Wake Forest jumped to a season-high ranking of No. 13 after topping No. 28 VCU and No. 15 Oklahoma State. Cornell made the biggest jump of all, climbing 22 spots to No. 37 after posting its biggest win of the season over VCU.

 

In the ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings, freshman Jamie Loeb's 34-2 record kept her strongly in the lead in the top spot. Rounding out the singles Top 5 are Kristie Ahn (Stanford), Julia Elbaba (Virginia), Robin Anderson (UCLA) and Hayley Carter (North Carolina). UCLA's Anderson and Jennifer Brady remain at the No. 1 spot in the ITA Division I Doubles Rankings. The Bruin duo is 18-1 this year, with the only loss coming to Florida's Sofie Oyen and Kourtney Keegan in mid-January.

 

On the men's side, Clay Thompson maintains the No. 1 ranking he's held since January, having recorded a win over Virginia's Mitchell Frank (No. 4) in UCLA's  4-3 win over the Cavaliers. Rounding out the Top 5 are Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), Ray Sarmiento (USC), Marcos Giron (UCLA) and Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma). Vanderbilt's Ryan Lipman and Gonzales Austin surged to the top of the ITA Men's Doubles Rankings, sporting a 19-3 record on the year which includes six Top 20 wins.

 

Follow the Leader: For the men, Ohio State is followed by (in order): Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Virginia, Illinois, Texas, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and Duke. On the women's side, UCLA is followed by Duke, Florida, Stanford, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama, Northwestern and USC.

 

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC - 8; ACC - 6; Big 12 - 4; Pac-12 - 3; Big Ten - 2; MWC and Ivy League - 1. The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 all have multiple teams in the Top 10. Women's Top 25: ACC and SEC - 7; Pac-12 - 4; Big 12 - 3, Big Ten - 2; Conference USA and AAC - 1. The ACC, Pac-12 and SEC each have three teams in the Top 10, while the Big 10 has one.

 

Double-Dip: This week, 16 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25.

 

School

Men

Women

Baylor University

12

17

California

20

16

Clemson

22

14

Duke University

10

2

Florida

17

3

Georgia

16

12

Kentucky

15

24

Notre Dame

8

25

North Carolina

11

6

Oklahoma

2

18

Texas

7

22

Texas A&M

9

7

UCLA

3

1

University of Southern California

4

10

University of Virginia

5

5

Vanderbilt

23

11

 

Top 25 Caliber: The only new team in the Top 25 on the women's side is Notre Dame, who re-entered the Top 25 after a week out after beating No. 25 Florida State last weekend, 6-1. For the men, Florida (No. 17) improved nine spots after a conference win over South Carolina. No. 24 Columbia also climbed back into the Top 25 and still only has one loss on the season to No. 16 Georgia during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

                          

Coming Up Next: The 2013-14 ITA Division I National Team Rankings will be published again next Tuesday, March 18. Beginning Tuesday, April 8, singles and doubles rankings will be posted each week. Complete ITA College Tennis Rankings can be found by clicking here

 

ITA Rankings

3/4/14

Rank

ITA Rankings

3/4/14 Rank

Division I Men's Top 25

Division I Women's Top 25

1. Ohio State University

1

1. UCLA

3

2. University of Oklahoma

4

2. Duke University

1

3. UCLA

3

3. University of Florida

2

4. USC

5

4. Stanford

9

5. University of Virginia

2

5. University of Virginia

5

6. University of Illinois

6

6. North Carolina

12

7. University of Texas

7

7. Texas A&M University

10

8. University of Notre Dame

9

8. University of Alabama

4

9. Texas A&M University

8

9. Northwestern University

8

10. Duke University

10

10. USC

6

11. North Carolina

11

11. Vanderbilt University

7

12. Baylor University

12

12. University of Georgia

11

13. Wake Forest University

21

13. University of Michigan

17

14. University of Tennessee

13

14. Clemson University

15

15. University of Kentucky

22

15. University of Miami (Florida)

13

16. University of Georgia

16

16. California

16

17. University of Florida

26

17. Baylor University

18

18. Oklahoma State University

15

18. University of Oklahoma

14

19. Boise State University

20

19. University of Tulsa

19

20. California

14

20. Georgia Tech

23

21. Mississippi State University

17

21. Auburn University

20

22. Clemson University

23

22. University of Texas at Austin

24

23. Vanderbilt University

18

23. University of Houston

21

24. Columbia University

27

24. University of Kentucky

22

25. North Carolina State

19

25. University of Notre Dame

31

 

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.

 

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