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SKILLMAN, NJ – North Carolina climbed back on top of the national team rankings, as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I men on Tuesday.

Florida’s Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo re-claimed the No. 1 doubles ranking, while Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer remains the top-ranked singles player.

Tar Heels Take Back No. 1 Ranking

North Carolina improved its record to 18-1 on the season with a pair of ACC victories last week. The Tar Heels, who opened the season 15-0, defeated Louisville 7-0 on March 18 and earned a 5-2 road victory on March 20 at then-No. 33 North Carolina State. North Carolina hosts Clemson and No. 45 Virginia Tech this week.

Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (1) – 6
    -Texas A&M (7); Georgia (11); Florida (16); Kentucky (18); Arkansas (21); Mississippi State (24)
Big 12 (3) – 5
    -TCU (3); Oklahoma State (5); Texas Tech (9); Oklahoma (14); Texas (19)
Big Ten (2) – 5
    -Ohio State (4); Illinois (10); Northwestern (12); Michigan (23); Penn State (25)
ACC (2) – 4
    -North Carolina (1); Virginia (2); Wake Forest (13); Florida State (20)
Pac-12 (2) – 3
    -UCLA (6); USC (8); California (15)
American – 2
    -South Florida (17); Tulane (22)

#OracleITARankings Big Mover Of The Week
The Auburn Tigers jumped up from unranked to No. 52 in this week’s rankings, thanks largely in part to the team’s 4-3 win over then-No. 22 Ole Miss on March 18. Auburn (9-7) hits the road for a pair of SEC matches, taking on No. 41 Alabama and No. 24 Mississippi State.

Koepfer Keeps No. 1 Singles Ranking
Dominik Koepfer of Tulane continues to hold down the No. 1 position in the national singles rankings. Koepfer is one of two players from the American Athletic Conference to be ranked in the Top 5, as Roberto Cid of South Florida currently sits at No. 5. Illinois and Virginia each have a pair of Top 10-ranked players, as the Fighting Illini’s Aleks Vukic is No. 4 and Jared Hiltzik is No. 10, while the Cavaliers’ Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Ryan Shane check in at No. 7 and 8, respectively.

Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
ACC (2) – 8
    -Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 7); Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 8); Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (No. 11); Benjamin Lock, Florida State (No. 12); Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (No. 16); Nicolas Alvarez, Duke (No. 19); Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech (No. 21); Ronnie Schneider, North Carolina (No. 23)
Big Ten (3) – 4
    -Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (No. 2); Aleks Vukic, Illinois (No. 4); Jared Hiltzik, Illinois (No. 10); Konrad Zieba, Northwestern (No. 13)
Big 12 (1) – 4
    -Cameron Norrie, TCU (No. 3); Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 14); Alex Rybakov, TCU (No. 15); Julian Lenz, Baylor (No. 20)
Pac-12 (2) – 4
    -Tom Fawcett, Stanford (No. 6); Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA (No. 9); Andre Goransson, California (No. 17); Max de Vroome, USC (No. 25)
SEC – 3
    -Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M (No. 18); Mate Cutura, Mississippi State (No. 22); Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 24)
American (2) – 2
    -Dominik Koepfer, Tulane (No. 1); Roberto Cid, South Florida (No. 5)

Gators Back On Top Of National Doubles Rankings
Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo of reclaimed the No. 1 national doubles ranking, moving up one spot from No. 2 in the March 8 rankings. The Gator duo is one of three teams from the SEC in the national Top 10, while the ACC sports four teams, including a pair from the University of Virginia.

Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown

Top 10 teams in parenthesis
ACC – 4
    - Luca Corinteli/Ryan Shane, Virginia (No. 2); Brett Clark/Robert Kelly, North Carolina (No. 3); Andreas Bjerrehus/Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech (No. 7); Mac Styslinger/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Virginia (No. 8)
SEC – 3
    -Gordon Watson/Diego Hidalgo, Florida (No. 1); Ben Wagland/Austin Smith, Georgia (No. 5); Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias, LSU (No. 10)
Big 12 – 2
    -Hugo Dojas/Felipe Soares, Texas Tech (No. 6); Arjun Kadhe/Julian Cash, Oklahoma State (No. 9)
Pac-12 – 1
    -Mackenzie McDonald/Martin Redlicki, UCLA (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.