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

Rankings Graphic - March 25, 2014
USC, Duke claim top spots in ITA Division I Team Rankings

Trojans earn No. 1 ranking for first time this season

 

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

 

SKILLMAN, NJ (March 25) - The USC men recorded their seventh and eighth straight victories to become the fourth team this season to hold the No. 1 ranking in the ITA Division I National Men's Team Rankings, while the Duke women held solid at No. 1 for their sixth appearance at the top of the ITA Division I National Women's Team Rankings.

 

The Blue Devils are 15-1 overall this season, also winning six straight and all eight matches on their home courts. Virginia matched its best ranking of the season, earning the No. 3 spot as the Cavaliers did exactly a month ago. Brigham Young University (BYU) also proved to be on an upward climb, jumping 20 spots to No. 51 after wins over No. 62 Marshall and No. 38 Saint Mary's College of California.

 

On the men's side, USC grabbed the top spot for the first time since the end of the 2011-12 season, when the Trojans won their fourth straight NCAA Team Championship. USC is 17-2 on the season, including its run to the finals of the 2014 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship. South Carolina jumped 12 spots to No. 36, which is the Gamecocks' highest ranking since they were No. 33 on February 25. The biggest improvement was Miami (FL)'s 33-spot shift into the No. 39 spot after three ranked wins.

 

In the ITA Division I Women's Singles Rankings, freshman Jamie Loeb improved to 36-2 to maintain her strong stance at No. 1. Rounding out the singles Top 5 are Kristie Ahn of Stanford, Julia Elbaba of Virginia, Robin Anderson of UCLA and Beatrice Capra of Duke. UCLA's Anderson and Jennifer Brady remain at the No. 1 spot in the ITA Division I Doubles Rankings, a spot they've held four times this year. Teammates Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips joined them in the Top 5 for the first time this season.

 

On the men's side, Clay Thompson maintains the No. 1 ranking he's held since January. Rounding out the Top 5 are Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma), Ray Sarmiento (USC), Mitchell Frank (Virginia) and Guillermo Alcorta (Oklahoma). Alvarez has not lost since November 9, winning all 13 matches this spring to improve to 29-3 in 2013-14. Tennessee's Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese earned back the top spot in the ITA Men's Doubles Rankings, where they've sat three times this season.

 

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

 

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: ACC - 7; SEC - 6; Big 12 - 4; Pac-12 and Big Ten - 3; MWC and Ivy League - 1. The ACC is the most-represented team in the Top 25, unseating the SEC stranglehold on the honor for the first time in 2014. Women's Top 25: ACC and SEC - 6; Pac 12 - 5; Big 12 - 4; Big Ten - 2; Conference USA and Big East - 1. The Big East is being represented in the Top 25 for the first time this season.

 

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

6

16

California

16

13

Clemson

22

17

Duke University

14

1

Florida

15

4

Georgia

7

9

North Carolina

8

8

Notre Dame

9

24

Oklahoma

3

18

Oklahoma State

21

23

Texas

11

22

Texas A&M

12

7

UCLA

5

2

University of Southern California

1

12

University of Virginia

4

3

 

Top 25 Caliber: Four teams moved into the Top 25 this week, all for the first time in the 2013-14 season.

 

On the women's side, No. 25 DePaul made its first appearance in the Top 25. The Blue Demons started the season outside of the ITA Division I National Women's Team Rankings, but a 16-1 record and 15 straight wins have ushered them up the standings. Oklahoma State also earned a spot in the Top 25 at No. 23 with four straight ranked wins, including a 4-2 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma on March 9.

 

For the men, Florida State jumped 17 spots to No. 24 after wins over No. 18 Wake Forest and No. 31 North Carolina State. Penn State improved to 15-2 on the season this week to earn the No. 23 ranking. The Wildcats made their first appearance in the ITA Division I National Women's Team Rankings on February 4 and needed just over a month to surge to the top third of the rankings.

                          

Coming Up Next: The 2013-14 ITA Division I National Team Rankings will be published again next Tuesday, April 1. Beginning Tuesday, April 8, singles and doubles rankings will be posted each week.

 

ITA Rankings

3/18/2014 Rank

ITA Rankings

3/18/2014 Rank

Division I Men's Top 25

Division I Women's Top 25

1. University of Southern California

4

1. Duke University

1

2. Ohio State University

2

2. UCLA

2

3. University of Oklahoma

1

3. University of Virginia

6

4. University of Virginia

7

4. University of Florida

5

5. UCLA

3

5. Stanford

4

6. Baylor University

5

6. University of Alabama

8

7. University of Georgia

10

7. Texas A&M University

7

8. North Carolina

6

8. North Carolina

10

9. University of Notre Dame

11

9. University of Georgia

3

10. University of Illinois

9

10. Vanderbilt University

11

11. University of Texas

8

11. Northwestern University

9

12. Texas A&M University

12

12. University of Southern California

12

13. University of Kentucky

14

13. California

16

14. Duke University

13

14. University of Miami (Florida)

13

15. University of Florida

16

15. University of Michigan

15

16. California

17

16. Baylor University

14

17. Mississippi State University

22

17. Clemson University

18

18. Columbia University

19

18. University of Oklahoma

17

19. Boise State University

23

19. Arizona State University

25

20. University of Tennessee

15

20. Auburn University

20

21. Oklahoma State University

21

21. University of Tulsa

19

22. Clemson University

20

22. University of Texas at Austin

21

23. Penn State University

27

23. Oklahoma State University

30

24. Florida State University

41

24. University of Notre Dame

22

25. Wake Forest University

18

25. DePaul University

35

 

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