Oklahoma, Duke claim top spots in ITA Division I Team Rankings

Rankings Graphic - March 18, 2014
Oklahoma, Duke claim top spots in ITA Division I Team Rankings

Sooners earn first ever No. 1 ranking

 

  

SKILLMAN, NJ (March 18)  - The Oklahoma men garnered its first No. 1 ranking in program history, while the Duke women reclaimed the top spot after falling to No. 2 for a week in the ITA Division I National Team Rankings.  

 

The Duke women nabbed the top spot for the fifth time this season, and the Blue Devils are 14-1 overall this spring, with just one loss to No. 6 Virginia. The Georgia women had a big leap up the rankings this week, jumping nine spots to No. 3. The Bulldogs defeated No. 5 Florida, 4-2, last weekend and are 12-2 this spring with 10 ranked wins. 

 

On the men's side, the Sooners completed their surge to the top, having started the season at No. 10 in the ITA Division I National Men's Team Rankings. Three teams grabbed spots in the Top 10, with Baylor (No. 5), North Carolina (No. 6) and Georgia (No. 10) all jumping at least five spots toward the top.

 

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

 

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: SEC - 7; ACC - 5; Big 12 and Pac-12 - 4; Big Ten - 3; MWC and Ivy League - 1. Five different conferences are represented in the Top 10. Women's Top 25: ACC and SEC - 6; Pac 12 - 5; Big 12 - 3, Big Ten and Conference USA - 2 and AAC - 1. The SEC has four teams in the Top 10, while the ACC has three, and the Pac-12 has two.

 

Double-Dip: This week, 15 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside the Top 25.

 

School

Men

Women

Baylor University

5

14

California

17

16

Clemson

20

18

Duke University

13

1

Florida

16

5

Georgia

10

3

North Carolina

6

10

Northwestern

25

9

Notre Dame

11

22

Oklahoma

1

17

Texas

8

21

Texas A&M

12

7

UCLA

3

2

University of Southern California

4

12

University of Virginia

7

6

 

Top 25 Caliber: On the women's side, Rice University re-entered the Top 25 at No. 23 following a 9-5 record and four ranked wins. Arizona State moved up three places to land at No. 25 this week, and the Sun Devils have won seven straight matches, and are 13-2 this spring with four ranked wins.

For the men, Oregon (No. 24) earned a spot in the Top 25 with a 10-match winning streak that extends back to January 26 during the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Northwestern jumped back up to No. 25 for its third appearance this season.


Coming Up Next:
 The 2013-14 ITA Division I National Team Rankings will be published again next Tuesday, March 25, along with singles and doubles rankings. Beginning Tuesday, April 8, singles and doubles rankings will be posted each week.
 

ITA Rankings

3/11/14 Rank

ITA Rankings

3/11/14 Rank

Division I Men's Top 25

Division I Women's Top 25

1. University of Oklahoma

2

1. Duke University

2

2. Ohio State University

1

2. UCLA

1

3. UCLA

3

3. University of Georgia

12

4. University of Southern California

4

4. Stanford

4

5. Baylor University

12

5. University of Florida

3

6. University of North Carolina

11

6. University of Virginia

5

7. University of Virginia

5

7. Texas A&M University

7

8. University of Texas

7

8. University of Alabama

8

9. University of Illinois

6

9. Northwestern University

9

10. University of Georgia

16

10. North Carolina

6

11. University of Notre Dame

8

11. Vanderbilt University

11

12. Texas A&M University

9

12. University of Southern California

10

13. Duke University

10

13. University of Miami (Florida)

15

14. University of Kentucky

15

14. Baylor University

17

15. University of Tennessee

14

15. University of Michigan

13

16. University of Florida

17

16. California

16

17. California

20

17. University of Oklahoma

18

18. Wake Forest University

13

18. Clemson University

14

19. Columbia University

24

19. University of Tulsa

19

20. Clemson University

22

20. Auburn University

21

21. Oklahoma State University

18

21. University of Texas at Austin

22

22. Mississippi State University

21

22. University of Notre Dame

25

23. Boise State University

19

23. Rice University

26

24. University of Oregon

30

24. University of Houston

23

25. Northwestern University

26

25. Arizona State University

28

 

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