SKILLMAN, NJ – With the move to computerized rankings, minimal changes in the nation’s Top 10 highlight this week’s Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, as announced on Wednesday by Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
North Carolina, winners of the 2016 ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, spends its second straight week at No. 1, with #ITAIndoors runner-up Virginia, at No. 2 for the second consecutive week after spending the first four weeks at the top spot. Oklahoma State budged its way into the Top 10, moving up six spots from No. 15 to No. 9 this week.
Tar Heels Remain No. 1
North Carolina improved its record to 11-0 on the season with a 7-0 home victory over Wofford on Feb. 21. The Tar Heels play host to UNC-Greensboro at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
Big 12 (4) – 4
-Texas Tech (6); TCU (8); Oklahoma State (9); Oklahoma (10)
ACC (3) – 4
-North Carolina (1); Virginia (2): Wake Forest (5); North Carolina State (25)
Pac-12 (1) – 4
-UCLA (4); California (12); USC (13); Oregon (20)
SEC (1) – 4
-Texas A&M (7); Georgia (16); Kentucky (18); Mississippi (19)
Big Ten (1) – 4
-Ohio State (3); Illinois (11); Northwestern (15); Penn State (21)
American – 3
-South Florida (14); Memphis (17); Tulsa (22)
Ivy – 1
West Coast Conference – 1
-San Diego (24)
#OracleITARankings Big Mover Of The Week
For the second time this season, Kentucky has made a significant jump in the national team rankings. The Wildcats, 7-2 on the season, have scored impressive wins this season over Duke (4-3), Michigan (4-3) and Notre Dame (4-0), with the two losses coming at the hands of Virginia and Northwestern.
Tulane’s Koepfer Keeps Top Spot In Singles
Dominik Koepfer of Tulane continues to hold down the No. 1 position in the national singles rankings. There were three new entries to the Top 10 this week as Konrad Zieba of Northwestern (No. 8 from No. 14), Aleks Vukic of Illinois (No. 9 from No. 12) and Ronnie Schneider of North Carolina (No. 10 from No. 23) all moved up at least three positions this week.
Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
ACC (2) – 9
-Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 2); Ronnie Schneider, North Carolina (No. 10); Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (No. 12); Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 14); Nicolas Alvarez, Duke (No. 15); Benjamin Lock, Florida State (No. 16); Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech (No. 20); Brett Clark, North Carolina (No. 23)
Big Ten (3) – 5
-Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (No. 6); Konrad Zieba, Northwestern (No. 8); Aleks Vukic, Illinois (No. 9); Jared Hiltzik, Illinois (No. 11); Hugo Di Feo, Ohio State (No. 17)
Pac-12 (2) – 3
-Tom Fawcett, Stanford (No. 4); Andre Goransson, California (No. 7); Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA (No. 19)
Big 12 (1) – 3
-Cameron Norrie, TCU (No. 2); Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 18); Alex Rybakov, TCU (No. 24)
SEC – 3
-Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M (No. 13); Wayne Montgomery, Georgia (No. 21); Elliott Orkin, Florida (No. 22)
American (2) – 2
-Dominik Koepfer, Tulane (No. 1); Roberto Cid, South Florida (No. 5)
Gators Remain In Front Of National Doubles Rankings
Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo of Florida remain the top-ranked doubles team in the country. The Gator duo is followed closely by Texas Tech’s Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares at No. 2, and the UCLA team of Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki at No. 3.
Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown
ACC – 4
-Brett Clark/Robert Kelly, North Carolina (No. 4); Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 6); Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 7); Alex Lawson/Quentin Monaghan, Notre Dame (No. 9)
SEC – 2
-Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 1); Ben Wagland/Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 5)
Atlantic Sun – 1
-Jack Findel-Hawkins/Yannick Zuern, North Florida (No. 8)
Big 12 – 1
-Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 2)
Pac-12 – 1
-Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki, UCLA (No. 3)
Ivy – 1
-Shawn Hadavi/Richard Pham, Columbia (No. 10)
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.