TEMPE, Ariz. – With the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships on the horizon, Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Division II National Rankings on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the NCAA unveiled the 48 men’s teams and 48 women’s teams that advanced to the preliminary rounds. You can view the men’s teams here, and the women’s here. The 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships will take place from May 9-13 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
In the latest Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis National Rankings, the top-ranked teams and players remained largely the same, with one exception. BYU-Hawaii’s Dallas Zhang and Summer Wen moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in women’s doubles. Zhang is also the nation’s top-ranked women’s singles player.
The University of West Florida and BYU-Hawaii retain the men’s and women’s No. 1 team ranking, respectively, while Azusa Pacific’s Oliver Frank continues to occupy the men’s national singles top ranking and Alex Peyrot and Pedro Dumont of West Florida are the No. 1-ranked men’s doubles team.
Arklon Huertas Del Pino of Indianapolis made a significant jump up in the men’s national singles rankings, going from No. 21 in March all the way up to No. 2. Thomas Grinberg of Saint Leo moved up five spots from No. 14 to No. 9, and Leo Blay of Valdosta State was the third new entry to the Top 10, climbing from No. 12 to No. 10.
In men’s doubles, Grinberg and Vincent Suillerot of Saint Leo went from unranked to No. 7. Two other unranked teams also made their way into the Top 10, with Lynn’s Mehdi Laalej and Floridan Clemares at No. 8 and Azusa Pacific’s Frank and Antonio Pejic at No. 10.
Academy of Art is the lone new entry to the women’s Top 10, as they moved up two positions from No. 11 to No. 9. In women’s singles, plenty of movement in the Top 10, with five new entries this month. Wen went from No. 11 to No. 5, while Amina Mukhatmetshina of West Alabama had a 20-spot improvement from No. 26 to No. 6. Grace Mpassy of Lynn (No. 7 from No. 14), Bea Morales of Valdosta State (No. 9 from No. 13) and Kathrin Waider of North Georgia (No. 10 from No. 33) round out the new faces.
In women’s doubles, Lynn’s new doubles pairing of Stefanie Stemmer and Rosalie Willig moved all the way up to No. 3 in the rankings. Barry’s Sonja Larsen and Ana Pain had a 14-spot shift from No. 18 to No. 4.
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.
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