TEMPE, Ariz. – Computerized national team rankings make their debut in Division II, with the Barry University men and Hawai’i Pacific women sitting at the top the historic rankings, as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Oracle unveiled the latest Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Division II National Rankings on Wednesday.
The computerized rankings publish the Top 50 men’s and women’s teams. ITA member coaches have access to the unpublished rankings (teams outside the Top 50). Prior to the shift to computerized rankings, a national rankings panel voted on the Top 25 teams.
Sporting an 11-1 record on the season, Barry has won seven matches in a row. Hawai’i Pacific also holds an 11-1 mark, and the Sharks are riding a four-match win streak.
The remainder of the men’s Top 10 sees Lander at No. 2, Lynn at No. 3, Saint Leo at No. 4, Hawai’i, Hilo at No. 5, Columbus State at No. 6, Flagler at No. 7, Embry-Riddle at No. 8, Drury at No. 9 and Wingate at No. 10. The women’s Top 10 consists of West Florida at No. 2, Barry at No. 3, Lynn at No. 4, UC San Diego at No. 5, Central Oklahoma at No. 6, Azusa Pacific at No. 7, St. Mary’s (TX) at No. 8, Academy of Art at No. 9 and Saint Leo at No. 10.
National singles and doubles rankings were also updated for men and women.
Sonja Larsen of Barry is the No. 1-ranked women’s singles player, while in doubles, the Indianapolis duo of Hanna Volikova and Alina Kislitskaya hold down the No. 1 ranking. In men’s singles, Thomas Grinberg of Saint Leo is No. 1, and in doubles, Oliver Frank and Christian Schmid of Azusa Pacific are the No. 1-ranked team.
National rankings will be released every Wednesday for the remainder of the 2018 season.
About the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings that are designed to track the top men's and women's teams, along with 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/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.