SKILLMAN, NJ – Two new teams entered the Top 10 as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I men on Wednesday.
UCLA and Wake Forest jumped into the Top 10, while Georgia (No. 6 last week) and Illinois (No. 7 last week) fell to the No. 11 and 12 spots, respectively. TCU continues to make a slow and steady push towards the top of the national rankings, as the Horned Frogs jumped one spot up to No. 2 this week. Texas A&M and Baylor also moved ahead one position, with the Aggies at No. 3 and Bears No. 4, while Oklahoma sits at No. 5. Virginia holds down the top-ranked spot for the fourth consecutive week.
Virginia Starts Title Defense Off Strong
The reigning NCAA Champions have now spent four weeks atop the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Virginia kicked off its 2016 spring campaign with a pair of matches on Jan. 31. The Cavaliers dispatched of red-hot and 51st-ranked Kentucky 6-1, and also took down Eastern Kentucky 7-0. They received an automatic bid into the 2016 ITA Division I Men’s Team Indoor Championship (Feb. 12-15 at Boar’s Head Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia) for hosting the event. Before serving as event hosts, Virginia will play home dual matches against Elon and Furman on Feb. 6, and No. 9 UCLA on Feb. 9.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
ACC (3) – 5
-Virginia (1); North Carolina (7); Wake Forest (10); Virginia Tech (19); Duke (25)
Big 12 (3) – 5
-TCU (2); Baylor (4); Oklahoma (5); Texas Tech (14); Oklahoma State (17)
Pac-12 (2) – 4
-USC (6); UCLA (9); Stanford (18); California (24)
SEC (1) – 4
-Texas A&M (3); Georgia (11); Mississippi (20); Florida (22)
Big Ten (1) – 4
-Ohio State (8); Illinois (12); Northwestern (21); Minnesota (23)
American – 1
-South Florida (13)
Ivy League – 1
West Coast Conference – 1
-San Diego (16)
#OracleITARankings Big Mover Of The Week
Michigan had a successful trip to New York City last weekend, as the Wolverines won a pair of Big Ten/Ivy Challenge matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Michigan toppled then-No. 34 Princeton 7-0 on Jan. 29 and a day later, defeated then-No. 47 Cornell 4-1. The Wolverines moved from unranked to No. 54 in this week’s rankings with the two victories.
Singles/Doubles Rankings Update
National singles and doubles rankings for Division I men will resume on February 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.