SKILLMAN, NJ – After dropping to No. 2 last week, California moved back atop the team rankings this week as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I women on Tuesday.
Ohio State, which grabbed the No. 1 spot over the Golden Bears a week ago, slid down to No. 2 this week. A pair of familiar teams returned to the Top 10 as Miami moved up 12 spots to No. 9, and Virginia climbed six positions to No. 10. Wake Forest jumped up 22 spots from No. 44 to No. 22. It’s the first time since March 3, 2009, that the Demon Deacons have cracked the Top 25.
Meanwhile, North Carolina’s Hayley Carter had a good week, claiming not only the No. 1 singles ranking, but paired with Whitney Kay, she’s also a part of the nation’s No. 1-ranked doubles team. Carter is the first player since Nicole Gibbs of Stanford at the end of the 2012 season to hold the No. 1 singles and doubles rankings at the same time.
Golden Bears Return To The Top Of The Charts
California opened Pac-12 play last week with a pair of convincing road wins. The Golden Bears topped then-No. 36 (now No. 26) Arizona State 5-2 on March 4, and 24 hours later, defeated then-No. 64 (now No. 59) Arizona 6-1. California plays at home on Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT against No. 25 UCLA, and on Saturday at 12 p.m. PT, hosts No. 43 USC.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (2) – 8
-Georgia (3); Vanderbilt (5); Auburn (11); South Carolina (12); LSU (15); Texas A&M (16); Florida (18); Kentucky (19)
ACC (4) – 5
-North Carolina (4); Duke (8); Miami (FL) (9); Virginia (10); Wake Forest (22)
Pac-12 (1) – 3
-California (1); Stanford (23); UCLA (25)
Big 12 (1) – 3
-Texas Tech (7); Oklahoma State (13); Kansas (24)
Big Ten (2) – 2
-Ohio State (2); Michigan (6)
Missouri Valley Conference – 1
-Wichita State (14)
West Coast Conference – 1
Mountain West – 1
-Fresno State (20)
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Beating the No. 4-ranked team in the nation tends to have a positive influence on a team’s impending ranking position. That’s certainly the case for Texas, who defeated the then-No. 4 ranked Wolverines 4-3 on March 5. With the victory, the Longhorns moved from a tie for No. 73 last week to No. 32 this week.
Carter Claims Top Spot In Singles … And Doubles
North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, buoyed by a straight set victory over No. 4 Danielle Collins of Virginia (7-6, 6-3) on March 4, and a loss by previous No. 1-ranked player Francesca Di Lorenzo of Ohio State, moved into the top spot of the national singles rankings. Carter also holds the No. 1 doubles ranking with partner Whitney Kay. The Tar Heel tandem have only suffered three losses this season and were the winners of the 2015 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship.
Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (3) – 9
-Belinda Woolcock, Florida (No. 6); Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State (No. 9); Ellen Perez, Georgia (No. 10); Brooke Austin, Florida (No. 15); Frances Altick, Vanderbilt (No. 16); Joana Vale Costa, LSU (No. 20); Andie Dikosavljevic, Auburn (No. 21); Caroline Brinson, Georgia (No. 22); Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt (No. 24)
ACC (4) – 6
-Hayley Carter, North Carolina (No. 1); Danielle Collins, Virginia (No. 4); Stephanie Wagner, Miami (No. 6); Sinead Lohan, Miami (No. 7); Julia Elbaba, Virginia (No. 13); Joana Eidukonyte, Clemson (No. 17)
Pac-12 – 5
-Klara Fabikova, California (No. 11); Maegan Manasse, California (No. 12); Catherine Harrison, UCLA (No. 19); Desirae Krawczyk, Arizona State (No. 23); Giuliana Olmos, USC (No. 25)
Big Ten (1) – 3
-Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State (No. 3); Brienne Minor, Michigan (No. 14); Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan (No. 18)
Big 12 (1) – 1
-Breaunna Addison, Texas (No. 8)
West Coast Conference (1) – 1
-Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine (No. 2)
Quartet Of Pac-12 Teams Highlights Top 10 Doubles Rankings
As mentioned above, North Carolina’s Kay and Carter continue to sit atop the national doubles rankings. The Pac-12 has the most Top 10 teams of any Division I Conference with four. Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle of Stanford are No. 3, followed by Cal’s Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr at No. 4. UCLA’s Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips are No. 6 and USC’s Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith are No. 8.
Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown
Pac-12 – 4
-Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle, Stanford (No. 3); Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr, California (No. 4); Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips, UCLA (No. 6); Giuliana Olmos/Gabby Smith, USC (No. 8)
SEC – 3
-Aldila Sutjiadi/Mami Adachi, Kentucky (No. 5); Brooke Austin/Kourtney Keegan, Florida (No. 7); Courtney Colton/Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt (No. 9)
ACC – 2
-Whitney Kay/Hayley Carter, North Carolina (No. 1); Stephanie Wagner/Wendy Zhang, Miami (FL) (No. 10)
Big Ten – 1
-Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase, Ohio State (No. 2)
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.