The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining at No. 1. The men’s top five stayed the same with UCLA surging up to No. 6 after defeating USC last week while USC actually comes up one spot to No. 7 after the loss. Cal moved up four spots to No. 8 after knocking off Stanford, idle Texas A&M moved up two spots to No. 9, while Oklahoma State fell four spots to No. 10 after Oklahoma whipped them. South Florida was the only newcomer in the top 25 while Tulane dropped out after UCF blanked in the AAC Tourney.
The women’s top three remained the same with Vanderbilt and Stanford swapping spots for No. 4. I personally thought Vanderbilt should have been No. 1 after defeating Florida twice in the last week en route to winning by far the deepest conference in the country.
Pepperdine’s win over USC helped boost the Waves ranking up two spots to No. 6, Oklahoma State came up two spots to No. 7 after roughing up West Virginia and Iowa State, Georgia fell two spots to No. 8 after losing to Auburn, Texas Tech came up one spot to No. 9, and Georgia Tech fell three spots to No. 10 after falling to Duke. Auburn made the biggest jump by rising six spots to No. 16 after beating Georgia while Texas A&M dropped the most at four spots after losing to LSU. Both USC and LSU entered the top 25 while Florida International and TCU departed.
USTA Poll Information: there are eight college tennis “experts” on the voting panel, including yours truly, and each of us ranked 25 teams from numbers 1 to 25, with the first-place team receiving 25 points and the last-place team receiving one. When voting we were to consider strength of schedule, Top 25 wins/losses, road wins/losses and personnel adjustments for each program while also basing our vote on performance, not reputation or preseason speculation. For control, the highest and lowest outlying ranking for each team on the ballot was removed. Therefore, the maximum number of points a team can receive is 150. First-place votes were not tallied.
Voting Panel: Casey Angle (former ITA championships director), Virgil Christian (USTA College Tennis), Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis), Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today), Dallas Oliver (Tennis Recruiting Network), Mike Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s coach), Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces) and Bruce Waschuk (Universal Tennis Rating).
|USTA MEN’S TOP 25||USTA WOMEN’S TOP 25|
|3||Ohio State||138||3||0||3||North Carolina||138||3||0|
|9||Texas A&M||98||11||2||9||Texas Tech||100||10||1|
|10||Oklahoma State||96||6||-4||10||Georgia Tech||95||7||-3|
|21||Mississippi State||28||20||-1||T20||Mississippi State||32||21||1|
|22||Georgia Tech||24||22||0||22||Texas A&M||31||18||-4|
Receiving Votes: Illinois (6), Kentucky (1), Tulane (1), UCF (1) Dropped Out: Tulane
Receiving Votes: Oregon (5), TCU (4), FIU (1), Rice (1); Dropped Out: FIU, TCU
Conference tournament action fired back up today with the opening rounds played in the ACC, SEC, Pac-12, and Atlantic 10. The higher seed won all the women’s matches except in the ACC where the bottom two seeds, #13 Virginia Tech and #14 Louisville, defeated #12 Boston College and #11 Syracuse.
On the men’s side there weren’t as many matches with #12 Vanderbilt defeating #13 Alabama in the SEC’s only match while #5 Stanford defeated #8 Arizona and #6 Utah defeated #7 Washington in the Pac-12. All conference tournament results are available on my conference tournament central pages.
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