SKILLMAN, NJ – Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the fall rankings of the 2015-16 season for Division III men today, with a familiar team sitting atop the perch.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, winners of the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship, closed out the 2014-15 season No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings and open the 2015-16 season in the same position. The Stags were NCAA runners-up in 2013 and 2014 before breaking through for the title in 2015, the first for the school in 34 years.
Middlebury, runners-up to CMS at the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship, are the No. 2 team in the Oracle/ITA rankings. Washington University-St. Louis is No. 3, followed by Pomona-Pitzer (No. 4), Emory (No. 5), Chicago (No. 6), Amherst (No. 7), Trinity (TX) (No. 8), Bowdoin (No. 9) and Kenyon rounding out the top 10.
In the national individual rankings, Middlebury’s Noah Farrell holds the top spot. Farrell won the Division III men’s singles title at the 2015 National Small College Championships last month in Sumter, South Carolina. Rafe Mosetick of Emory is ranked No. 2, with CMS’s Skyler Butts at No. 3. Butts finished the 2014-15 season No. 2 in the nation. Mohanad Al-Houni of Gustavus Adolphus and Kai Yuen Leung of Skidmore College are ranked No. 4 and 5, respectively.
Four players from the top 10 of the 2014-15 year-end rankings enter the 2015-16 in the same designation. Butts of CMS, No. 2 in 2014-15, is No. 3, while teammate Abhishek Alla was No. 7 in 2014-15 and is No. 8 this year. Chicago’s Nicolas Chua, No. 5 in 2014-15, is No. 6 and Michael Buxbaum of Johns Hopkins (No. 4 in 2014-15, No. 9 in 2015-16) are the other returning top 10 singles players.
In doubles, Trinity (TX)’s team of Adam Krull and Matt Tyer own the top position, thanks to their doubles title at the National Small College Championships. Krull is also ranked No. 13 in singles. Amherst’s Aaron Revzin and Michael Solimano are the top ranked doubles team from 2014-15. Revzin and Solimano completed the 2014-15 season with a No. 4 national ranking and enter the 2015-16 season No. 5.
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/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.
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