SKILLMAN, NJ – Sixteen straight dual match victories.
Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament champions.
The Florida Gators are on a roll, and were rewarded with the nation’s No. 1 ranking on Tuesday as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I women.
Kentucky’s Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, and North Carolina’s Hayley Carter remain the top-ranked doubles team and singles player, respectively.
Florida Takes Over No. 1 Ranking
To win the SEC Tournament title, Florida had to overcome three teams ranked in the Top 20. In the quarterfinals, Florida topped then-No. 20 LSU (now No. 17) 4-0, then edged then-No. 12 (now No. 10) Auburn 4-2 in the semifinals, setting up a showdown in the final with No. 4 Georgia. The Gators, who defeated the Bulldogs 4-0 a week prior to claim the SEC regular-season crown, took down the Bulldogs 4-2 in the tournament final to secure the program’s 20th tournament title.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (4) – 9
- Florida (1); Georgia (4); Vanderbilt (6); Auburn (10); South Carolina (13); LSU (17); Texas A&M (18); Mississippi State (21); Kentucky (23)
ACC (3) – 5
-North Carolina (3); Miami (FL) (7); Duke (9); Virginia (14); Georgia Tech (16)
Pac-12 (1) – 5
-California (2); Stanford (12); USC (20); Arizona State (22); UCLA (25)
Big 12 – 3
- Oklahoma State (15); Texas Tech (19); Texas (24)
Big Ten (1) – 2
-Ohio State (5); Michigan (11)
West Coast Conference (1) – 1
North Carolina’s Carter Continues Run At No. 1
In helping guide North Carolina to a victory in the 2016 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship, Hayley Carter scored a pair of victories at the No. 1 singles position. In the quarterfinal round, Carter topped Kimmy Guerin of Wake Forest 7-5, 6-4. The semifinals saw the No. 1 and 2 ranked players square off, but Carter and Virginia’s Danielle Collins were unable to see their match through to completion as the Tar Heels clinched the team victory first. In the tournament final, Carter defeated then-No. 6 (now No. 8) Stephanie Wagner of Miami (FL) 6-2, 6-4, as North Carolina went on to top Miami 4-2 for the tournament title.
Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 players in parenthesis
SEC (2) – 10
- Brooke Austin, Florida (No. 3); Ellen Perez, Georgia (No. 4); Belinda Woolcock, Florida (No. 11); Frances Altick, Vanderbilt (No. 12); Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State (No. 14); Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt (No. 19); Andie Dikosavljevic, Auburn (No. 20); Erin Routliffe, Alabama (No. 21); Yuliya Lysa, Arkansas (No. 22); Joana Vale Costa, LSU (No. 22)
ACC (4) – 6
-Hayley Carter, North Carolina (No. 1); Danielle Collins, Virginia (No. 2); Stephanie Wagner, Miami (No. 8); Sinead Lohan, Miami (No. 9); Julia Elbaba, Virginia (No. 13); Joana Eidukonyte, Clemson (No. 24)
Pac-12 (1) – 4
-Maegan Manasse, California (No. 7); Klara Fabikova, California (No. 15); Catherine Harrison, UCLA (No. 17); Carol Zhao, Stanford (No. 25)
Big Ten (1) – 3
-Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State (No. 5); Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan (No. 16); Brienne Minor, Michigan (No. 18)
Big 12 (1) – 1
-Breaunna Addison, Texas (No. 10)
West Coast Conference (1) – 1
-Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine (No. 6)
Kentucky No. 1 Again In Doubles
As mentioned above, Kentucky’s Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi remain the No. 1-ranked team in doubles. The duo scored a 6-3 victory over Auburn’s No. 7-ranked team of Alizee Michaud and Pleun Burgmans last week.
Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown
Pac-12 – 4
- Giuliana Olmos/Gabby Smith, USC (No. 4); Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr, California (No. 5); Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle, Stanford (No. 6); Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips, UCLA (No. 9)
SEC – 3
-Aldila Sutjiadi/Mami Adachi, Kentucky (No. 1); Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan, Florida (No. 3); Alizee Michaud/Pleun Burgmans, Auburn (No. 7)
ACC – 2
-Whitney Kay/Hayley Carter, North Carolina (No. 2); Stephanie Wagner/Wendy Zhang, Miami (FL) (No. 10)
Big Ten – 1
-Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase, Ohio State (No. 8)
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.
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