SKILLMAN, NJ – Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I men on Tuesday, and there’s a new No. 1-ranked player in singles.
Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard edged past reigning No. 1, Dominik Koepfer of Tulane, by one tenth of a percentage point. Torpegaard is the second player from The University of Ohio State to earn the nation’s No. 1 ranking in singles in 2015-16, as freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo garnered the distinction on the women’s side in the Feb. 10 and 23 rankings.
The University of Virginia and Florida’s Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo remained atop the team and doubles rankings, respectively.
Cavaliers Claim ACC Regular-Season Crown
Virginia secured its 13th consecutive ACC regular-season title on April 16 with a 7-0 victory at home versus Miami. The Cavaliers (22-3 overall, 11-1 ACC) are the No. 1 seed at the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship, which runs from April 20-24 in Cary, North Carolina. Wake Forest, who lost a 5-2 decision to Virginia on April 15, are the No. 2 seed, with North Carolina the No. 3 seed and Florida State the No. 4 seed. The Tar Heels possess two of the three victories (Illinois has the other) over Virginia this season. The ACC semifinals and final can be viewed on ESPN3.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (1) – 6
-Georgia (6); Florida (11); Texas A&M (13); Arkansas (18); Kentucky (20); Mississippi State (25)
Big 12 (3) – 5
-TCU (4); Texas Tech (9); Oklahoma (10); Oklahoma State (12); Texas (19)
ACC (3) – 4
- Virginia (1); North Carolina (3); Wake Forest (7); Florida State (21)
Big Ten (1) – 4
-Ohio State (2); Northwestern (14); Illinois (15); Michigan (22)
Pac-12 (2) – 3
-UCLA (2); USC (8); California (16)
American – 2
-South Florida (17); Tulsa (23)
Ivy – 1
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Vanderbilt closed on its regular season with three victories, including a pair against SEC foes. The Commodores topped then-No. 23 (now No. 25) Mississippi State 4-2 on April 15, and two days later turned back then-No. 34 (now No. 40) Alabama 4-2. Vanderbilt (16-12, 6-6 SEC) also scored a 4-0 non-conference win over Lipscomb. The Commodores, who moved up from No. 45 to No. 34 in the rankings, are the No. 7 seed in the 2016 SEC Men’s Tennis Championship, held April 20-24 in Columbia, South Carolina. They’ll play No. 10 LSU in the opening round.
Ohio State’s Torpegaard Takes Over No. 1 Ranking In Singles
There’s a new No. 1-ranked player in the nation, and he is Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State. The sophomore just slid ahead of Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer for the top spot, 59.38 to 59.28 in the computerized rankings. Koepfer had been the No. 1-ranked player through the first six publications of the national singles rankings in 2016. Torpegaard has won his last 18 matches played to completion, including 13 versus ranked opponents, and hasn’t dropped a match in 2016.
Torpegaard isn’t the only player from the Big Ten with an impressive ranking, as Illinois’s Aleks Vukic moved up one position to No. 3. The American Athletic Conference also possesses a pair of Top 4 players, with Koepfer at No. 2 and South Florida’s Roberto Cid at No. 4.
Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 players in parenthesis
ACC (4) – 8
-Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 6); Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (No. 7); Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 8); Benjamin Lock, Florida State (No. 9); Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (No. 14); Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (No. 19); Nicolas Alvarez, Duke (No. 21); Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech (No. 22)
Big Ten (2) – 4
-Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (No. 1); Aleks Vukic, Illinois (No. 3); Jared Hiltzik, Illinois (No. 13); Konrad Zieba, Northwestern (No. 16)
Big 12 (1) – 4
-Cameron Norrie, TCU (No. 5); Julian Lenz, Baylor (No. 15); Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 20); Alex Rybakov, TCU (No. 24)
SEC – 4
- Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 11); Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 17); Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M (No. 18); Mike Redlicki, Arkansas (No. 25)
Pac-12 (1) – 3
- Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA (No. 10); Tom Fawcett, Stanford (No. 12); Max de Vroome, USC (No. 23)
American (2) – 2
-Dominik Koepfer, Tulane (No. 2); Roberto Cid, South Florida (No. 4)
Florida’s Waton And Hidalgo Stay Ahead In National Doubles Rankings
Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo of Florida stayed atop the national doubles ranking for the second week in a row. The Gator duo is one of five SEC teams in the Top 10.
Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown
SEC – 5
-Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 1); Korey Lovett/Mazen Osama, Alabama (No. 5); Ben Wagland/Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 7); Jordan Daigle/Borias Arias, LSU (No. 9); Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow, Texas A&M (No. 10)
ACC – 2
- Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 2); Brett Clark/Robert Kelly, North Carolina (No. 3)
Big 12 – 2
- Arjun Kadhe/Julian Cash, Oklahoma State (No. 6); Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 9)
Pac-12 – 1
-Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki, UCLA (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/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.