TEMPE, Ariz. – Today, Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announce the introduction of computerized rankings to Division II for a portion of the 2017-18 season, while also unveiling the first Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Men’s and Women’s Division II National Team Rankings of the season.
A national rankings panel voted on the Top 25 teams, and will do so through the month of February. The computerized rankings will then take over and debut on March 21, 2018, with national team, singles and doubles rankings.
Defending NCAA Division II National Champion, West Florida, opens the 2017-18 season as the No. 1-ranked men’s team, while the women’s Top 25 poll is headlined by Lynn University.
Barry, winners of the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s National Championship, check in at No. 2 in the rankings, with Columbus State, Hawai’i Pacific and West Florida rounding out the top five. Flagler College (No. 6), Academy of Art (No. 7), St. Mary’s (No. 8), UC San Diego (No. 9) and the University of Indianapolis (No. 10) comprise the remainder of the Top 10.
The University of Central Oklahoma made the biggest jump in the women’s rankings, moving from a year-end position of No. 44 in 2017, to opening 2018 at No. 13.
The men’s rankings also see Barry, last year’s runners-up to West Florida in the NCAA tournament, at No. 2. Columbus State (No. 3) and Valdosta State (No. 4) remain in the top five, and are joined by Azusa Pacific, who went from No. 13 at the close of 2017, to No. 5 this week. Lynn (No. 6), Saint Leo (No. 7), Hawai’i Pacific (No. 8), Lander (No. 9) and Embry-Riddle (No. 10) all return to the Top 10.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University soared into the Top 25, checking in at No. 24 after concluding the 2017 campaign at No. 45.
The next set of national team rankings will be released on February 21.
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.