SKILLMAN, NJ – Fresh off the heels of the 2016 ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, major shake-ups highlight the national Top 10 rankings, including a new team at No. 1, as Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the updated Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings for Division I women on Wednesday.
In addition to the national team rankings, updated singles and doubles rankings were also released on Wednesday, and there’s new No. 1’s in both singles and doubles, as Ohio State freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo and North Carolina’s Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay are the top-ranked singles player and doubles team, respectively.
Sitting atop the team rankings are the Cal Golden Bears, who claimed victory at the 2016 #ITAIndoors with a dramatic 4-3 win over 2015 champion North Carolina in the final. Cal moved five spots from No. 6 to No. 1 with its #ITAIndoors performance.
Four new teams also appear in the Top 10. Ohio State jumped 10 positions from No. 16 to No. 6; Duke went from No. 14 to No. 7; Michigan from No. 12 to No. 8 and Texas Tech from No. 17 to No. 10.
Cal Climbs To Top Of Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
The Golden Bears won their first-ever #ITAIndoors title on Monday in Madison, Wisconsin, with a 4-3 victory over second-ranked North Carolina. The Tar Heels, who were looking for their third #ITAIndoors title in the last four years, matched the gritty Cal team all afternoon long, with the match ultimately coming down to the No. 5 singles position. Cal’s Olivia Hauger outlasted Marika Akkerman in three sets 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, to secure the win and #ITAIndoors title for the Golden Bears.
Top 25 Teams Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (3) – 8
-Florida (3); Georgia (4); Vanderbilt (5); LSU (13); Texas A&M (16); Alabama (18); Mississippi (19); Kentucky (22)
ACC (3) – 6
-North Carolina (2); Duke (7); Virginia (9); Miami (FL) (12); Clemson (20); Georgia Tech (24)
Pac-12 (1) – 4
-California (1); USC (11); Stanford (14); UCLA (21)
Big 12 (1) – 3
-Texas Tech (10); Oklahoma State (15); TCU (23)
Big Ten (2) – 3
-Ohio State (6); Michigan (8); Northwestern (25)
West Coast Conference – 1
#OracleITARankings Big Mover Of The Week
Kansas continues to march through its 2016 spring schedule unblemished, as the Jayhawks currently hold a 6-0 record. Last week, Kansas topped North Texas 5-0 and Colorado 4-1, with both matches taking place at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence, Kansas. By virtue of its winning streak, Kansas vaulted from unranked to No. 57 in this week’s national rankings.
Di Lorenzo Takes Over Top Spot In Singles Rankings
Ohio State freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo didn’t have far to go to get to the No. 1 ranking, as she was the nation’s No. 2-ranked player in the Jan. 6 rankings. Di Lorenzo, playing No. 1 singles, went 3-0 at #ITAIndoors last week, defeating No. 26 Maiar Sherif Ahmed of Fresno State, No. 20 Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt and No. 13 Maegan Manasse of California.
Top 25 Singles Conference Breakdown
Top 10 teams in parenthesis
SEC (2) – 9
-Belinda Woolcock, Florida (No. 4); Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State (No. 9); Ellen Perez, Georgia (No. 12); Frances Altick, Vanderbilt (No. 16); Brooke Austin, Florida (No. 19); Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt (No. 20); Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt (No. 22); Caroline Brinson, Georgia (No. 23); Joana Vale Costa (No. 25)
ACC (4) – 8
-Danielle Collins, Virginia (No. 2); Hayley Carter, North Carolina (No. 3); Sinead Lohan, Miami (No. 7); Stephanie Wagner, Miami (No. 10); Joana Eidukonyte, Clemson (No. 11); Julia Elbaba, Virginia (No. 15); Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke (No. 21); Beatrice Capra, Duke (No. 24)
Big Ten (1) – 3
-Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State (No. 1); Brienne Minor, Michigan (No. 14); Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan (No. 17)
Pac-12 (1) – 3
-Klara Fabikova, California (No. 5); Maegan Manasse, California (No. 13); Catherine Harrison, UCLA (No. 18)
Big 12 (1) – 1
-Breaunna Addison, Texas (No. 8)
West Coast Conference (1) – 1
-Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine (No. 6)
Tar Heel Duo Sits Atop Doubles Rankings
North Carolina’s Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay, like Di Lorenzo, were flawless at #ITAIndoors. Carter (also ranked No. 3 in singles) and Kay (No. 31 in singles) bested Alabama’s No. 52-ranked duo of Erin Routliffe and Andie Daniell, as well as Georgia’s No. 34-ranked team of Ellen Perez and Mariana Gould.
Top 10 Doubles Conference Breakdown
Pac-12 – 2
-Maegan Manasse/Denise Starr, California (No. 2); Taylor Davidson/Caroline Doyle, Stanford (No. 5)
SEC – 2
-Aldila Sutjiadi/Mami Adaachi, Kentucky (No. 4); Courtney Colton/Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt (No. 6)
Big Ten – 2
-Anna Sanford/Miho Kowase, Ohio State (No. 8); Maddie Lipp/Alex Chatt, Northwestern (No. 9)
ACC – 1
-Whitney Kay/Hayley Carter, North Carolina (No. 1)
West Coast Conference – 1
-Matea Cutura/Christine Maddox, Pepperdine (No. 3)
Ivy – 1
-Taylor Ng/Kristina Mathis, Dartmouth (No. 7)
Big West – 1
-Palina Dubavets/Stefani Stojic, UC Santa Barbara (No. 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.