SKILLMAN, NJ – North Carolina continues to hold down the top spot in the national team rankings, while a new team ascended to No. 2 as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I men on Tuesday.
TCU jumped ahead of Virginia to take control of the No. 2 ranking. The Horned Frogs are one of two teams from the Big 12 in the Top 10, with Oklahoma State checking in at No. 8.
The Southeastern Conference has six teams in the Top 25, most of any conference. The University of Georgia maneuvered back into the Top 10 this week, climbing four positions to No. 7, while Texas A&M occupies the No. 10 position.
North Carolina Records 20th Win Of The Season
For the third straight year, the Tar Heels have won at least 20 matches in a season. North Carolina (20-1) picked up win No. 20 on March 27, topping No. 45 Virginia Tech 5-2 in an ACC contest. Tar Heel senior Brett Clark recorded his 100th career doubles victory in the match. Earlier this year, he accomplished the same feat in singles play. A big week of ACC play awaits North Carolina, as they host No. 3 Virginia at 3 p.m. ET, on Friday, and No. 6 Wake Forest at 1 p.m. ET, on Sunday.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (2) – 6
- Georgia (7); Texas A&M (10); Florida (11); Arkansas (14); Kentucky (19); Mississippi State (25)
Big 12 (2) – 5
-TCU (2); Oklahoma State (8); Texas Tech (12); Oklahoma (18); Texas (21)
ACC (3) – 4
-North Carolina (1); Virginia (3); Wake Forest (6); Florida State (22)
Big Ten (1) – 4
-Ohio State (4); Northwestern (13); Illinois (15); Michigan (20)
Pac-12 (2) – 3
-UCLA (5); USC (9); California (16)
American – 3
-South Florida (17); Tulane (23); Tulsa (24)
#OracleITARankings Big Mover Of The Week
Last week was a big one for the Rice Owls. They won the 58th Rice Invitational; the ninth consecutive year the Owls have won the tournament, and the championship-clinching 4-3 victory over then-No. 9 Texas Tech was the Rice’s first win over a Top 10-ranked team since 2006. The Owls (17-5) were 0 for their last 12 against Top 10 teams, and the victory snapped a five-match losing streak to the Red Raiders. Rice also defeated No. 44 Drake and No. 74 William & Mary in the event. Rice moved from No. 40 to No. 26 in the national rankings this week.
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.