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SKILLMAN, NJ – Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis NAIA National Singles and Doubles Rankings for NAIA men on Wednesday, while the women were announced on Thursday.

Georgia Gwinnett currently has the top-ranked men's singles player (Kevin Konfederak), women's singles player (Valeria Podda), men's doubles team (Konfederak/Jordan Cox) and women's doubles team (Podda/Sophie Feller).

The men's Top 10 stayed pretty much intact from the March 23 rankings, with the Top 4 singles positions and Top 5 doubles spots remaining the same.

Kevin Konfederak continues to hold onto the No. 1 ranking in singles, and along with teammate Jordan Cox, maintains the No. 1 spot in doubles. Cox, meanwhile, stays at No. 2 in singles, and with Matias Hatem checking in at No. 9, that gives the Grizzlies three players in the Top 10.

Kyle Montrel of Xavier (La.) was the lone new entry to the Top 10 singles ranking this week, advancing two spots from his No. 12 position on March 23.

In doubles, the Lewis-Clark State team of Yonas Woldetsakic and Jeff Su moved from No. 23 to No. 9 in the rankings. They are one of three new additions to the Top 10, with Dalton State’s Edberg Espinoza and Joe Bray (up three places to No. 8) and Campbellsville’s Alejandro Soriano and Vladyslav Ladygin (No. 10 from No. 12) joining the mix.

On the women's side, Valeria Podda of Georgia Gwinnett continues to stay atop the national singles rankings. Like the men, the Top 4 players stayed the same from the last set of national rankings, and overall there was little movement in the Top 10. Angelica Sepulveda of Cumberland was the lone new entry to the Top 10, gaining one position from her previous ranking of No. 11.

Podda is also No. 1 in doubles. Teaming with Sophie Feller, the Georgia Gwinnett duo moved up from No. 3 in the last set of national rankings.

A pair of unranked teams skyrocketed into the Top 10, as Auburn-Montgomery's Anna Rudolfova and Paula Diaz sit at No. 9, while Olivet Nazarene's Victoria Monakhova and Faith Huckabee are 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.