Friday, 27 February 2015 13:23

Stanford/USC Preview

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The owners of 38 NCAA Division 1 Men's Team National Championships will meet on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles as the #1 USC Trojans host the #37 Stanford Cardinal.

USC's media guide shows they lead the all-time series 109-76 with the 1st match played in 1925 while Stanford's shows USC leads it 63-59 with the 1st match coming in 1967.  I'd have to go with USC's as the more accurate source since I know Stanford was playing tennis long before 1967. Stanford has won 17 NCAA Championships with the last coming in 2000 while USC has won 21 NCAA Championships including 5 of the last 6.

USC has won 8 straight in the series with Stanford's last win over SC coming back in 2011 at the National Indoors. This USC team is full of experience with the top 4 spots in the singles lineup occupied by seniors along with a junior and a sophomore at 5 and 6. Stanford on the other hand is starting 3 freshmen, a senior, and 2 juniors.

Let's breakdown the individual match-ups and see if Stanford has any shot at getting close to 4 points against the #1 Trojans.



Stanford freshman #26 Tom Fawcett has turned some heads so far this year with his stellar play which includes 3 wins over top 60 opponents and he is currently the 3rd highest ranked freshman in the latest rankings behind only Duke's #8 Nicolas Alvarez and Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery. USC senior Yannick Hanfmann just seems to keep plugging along with 11 of his 13 wins over ranked opponents with 8 of those 11 over top 50 opponents.  Both of these guys are undefeated in dual match play so somebody has to lose - I'll take experience over youth.

Stanford's David Wilczynski has done something you don't see too often - he has played at every spot in the singles lineup after starting the year at 6 and has since played at 5, 4, 3, 2, and this past Tuesday against Hawaii he played at 1 so that's 6 different positions in 7 matches.  The reason for the upward slide has been strictly performance based as all his dual match wins have been blowouts with the lone loss coming in 3 sets to Cal's Filip Bergevi.  One item to note is that while the wins have been impressive only 1 has been over a ranked opponent (#123 Perez-Blanco). Wilczynski's opponent will be #20 Roberto Quiroz who already has 7 wins over ranked opponents and 5 of those over top 50 opponents.  Quiroz is just too seasoned for the Cardinal freshman and will take this one in 2.

Stanford's John Morrissey spent the last 2 years playing atop the Cardinal singles lineup but has been pushed down to #3 after a slow start to the year in conjunction with the strong play of both Fawcett and Wilczynski.  Wang had another great fall with 4 ranked wins but has dropped 3 of his last 4 though all 3 losses have been against top 80 opponents.  I give Morrissey a decent chance in this one but I think Wang pulls it out in 3.

USC's Eric Johnson had a fairly substandard fall but the light switch flipped on at the start of the dual match season as Johnson has now won 8 of 9 including 6 straight with the last 5 in straight sets against some tough competition.  Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz really came out of the gate slow dropping 5 of 8 then he dropped his 1st 3 dual matches before pulling off an improbable comeback from 2-5 down in the 3rd last Saturday against Cal's J.T. Nishimura.   It wouldn't surprise me if Johnson was moved up to 3 and Wang dropped to 4 but if Johnson plays at 4 he takes this one in straights.

Stanford's David Hsu had a strong fall going 8-2 but since the 1st of the year he's just 2-4.  USC's Max De Vroome has had an awkward start to the spring with just 4 of 8 matches reaching a conclusion with the last one to finish being De Vroome's lone loss to Oklahoma's Alex Ghilea.  If the Hsu from the fall was playing this match I'd take him in 3, but he doesn't seem 100% right now so I'll take the big Dutchman in 2.

USC's Nick Crystal has been on fire this year going undefeated in dual match play along with a stout 11-3 record in the individual portion of the season that included wins over Tom Fawcett, Andre Goransson, Max De Vroome, and his potential Stanford opponent Nolan Paige.   Paige has won 4 straight after dropping his 1st 2 dual matches however those 4 opponents have been unranked.  I'll go with Crystal in 2.

Stanford has an improved team but they're a year away from taking out a team like USC.  Prediction: USC 6-1


#37 Stanford (6-2) at #1 USC (9-1) - 4pm eastern  - USC Streaming & Pac 12 Net Coverage begins at 5:30

Projected Lineups with UTRs (as of 2/26) after the school abbreviation:

Singles:
1. #26 Tom Fawcett (ST 14.14 - 6-0/18-4) vs. #6 Yannick Hanfmann (USC 15.05 - 7-0/13-2)  
2. David Wilczynski (ST 13.86 - 6-1/15-6) vs. #20 Roberto Quiroz (USC 14.44 - 5-1/13-3) 
3. John Morrissey (ST 14.10 - 5-2/7-5) vs. #31 Jonny Wang (USC 14.23 - 2-3/13-7) 
4. Maciek Romanowicz (ST 13.31 4-3/6-8) vs. Eric Johnson (USC 13.97 - 8-1/12-7) 
5. David Hsu (ST 13.95 - 2-2/10-6) vs. #72 Max De Vroome (USC 14.14 - 3-1/13-5)
6. Nolan Paige (ST 13.32 - 5-2/16-8) vs. #45 Nick Crystal (USC 13.93 - 7-0/18-3)  

Doubles:
1. Morrissey/Stineman (ST 3-2) vs. #2 Hanfmann/Quiroz (USC 5-2/13-3)   
2. #49 Romanowicz/Fawcett (ST 5-1/9-1) vs. #30 Johnson/De Vroome (USC 6-0)
3. Paige/Wilczynski (ST 2-1) vs. Crystal/Connor Farren (USC 2-2/7-2)

The big match of the day in Gainesville had a close doubles point but once Georgia got the early lead it never looked back and ended up pulling away for a 4-1 win.

The doubles point looked like it was Florida's for the taking after the Gators #2 team of Elliott Orkin and Maxx Lipman cruised to a 6-1 win while its #1 tandem of Diego Hidalgo and Gordon Watson jumped out to a 4-2 lead.   With Georgia's #3 team of Wayne Montgomery and Paul Oosterbaan also winning 6-1 the pressure would go back on Georgia's #1 team of Austin Smith and Ben Wagland and the undefeated tandem wouldn't go away as they took 3 straight games to go up 5-4 and were serving for the match.  There would then be 3 consecutive service breaks to send the match to a tiebreak. After falling behind 4-2 and 6-4, Georgia's Austin Smith and Ben Wagland would fight off 2 match points and eventually win the last 3 points to take the tiebreak 9-7 in a match that took 57 minutes.

In singles play Georgia would jump out to a break lead on all 6 courts and would end up taking 5 1st sets with Elliott Orkin grabbing the lone 1st set for Florida at #4.  Austin Smith would be 1st off the court with a 6-1, 6-4 win at #2 and then 15 minutes later Paul Oosterbaan would close out his match with a 6-4, 6-4 win at #6 which put Georgia up 3-0.  Elliott Orkin would give Florida its only point with a 7-5, 6-2 win at #4 but a short while later Nathan Pasha would clinch the victory for Georgia with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 win at #3 singles.  The 2 remaining matches were tied in the 3rd set at the time of the clinch.  

Georgia recap
Florida recap

FYI, the # beside the player's school is the player's Universal Tennis Rating as of the current date of the recap.  For more details about UTR check out their website.

#7 Georgia 4, #17 Florida 1
Singles competition
1. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.65) vs. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.04) 6-3, 3-6, 1-1 DNF
2. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.12) def.. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.72) 6-1, 6-4
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.26) def. Gordon Watson (UF 13.74) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 
4. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.84) def. Nick Wood (UGA 13.69) 7-5, 6-2
5. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26) vs. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.30) 6-3, 6-7(0) DNF
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.57) def. Oliver Landert (UF 13.14) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #10 Wagland/Smith (UGA) def. #47 Hidalgo/Watson (UF) 7-6 (7)
2. Lipman/Orkin (UF) def. Diaz/Pasha (UGA) 6-1
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA) def. Richard Brej/Landert (UF) 6-1

Match Notes:
Florida 5-3; National ranking #17
Georgia 8-2; National ranking #7

Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (2, 6, 4, 3)
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Auburn, AL:  In the SEC opener for each school, Auburn was able to grab the doubles point and then pick up 4 1st sets to put South Carolina into a hole that they just couldn't climb out of.   Auburn's Oliver Plaskett provided the clincher at #6 singles with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Thomas Mayronne. The remaining match at #2 was halted with Auburn's Marko Krickovic up 5-3 in the 3rd so more than likely this would have finished 5-2 in Auburn's favor had it been played out.

Auburn recap
South Carolina recap

#28 Auburn 4, #34 South Carolina 2

Singles competition 
1. Lukas Ollert (AU 14.31) def. Kyle Koch (USC 13.91) 6-2, 6-4
2. Marko Krickovic (AU 13.76) vs. Andrew Adams (USC 13.80) 6-2, 3-6, 5-3 DNF
3. Maxime Hinnisdaels (AU 13.89) def. Thiago Pinheiro (USC 13.26) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Andrew Schafer (USC 13.39) def. Dante Saleh (AU 12.93) 7-5, 6-4
5. Harrison O'Keefe (USC 13.27) def. Joseph Van Dooren (AU 12.42) 6-3, 6-4
6. Oliver Plaskett (AU 11.88) def. Thomas Mayronne (USC 13.11) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Doubles competition
1. Marko Krickovic/Oliver Plaskett (AU) def. Kyle Koch/Thiago Pinheiro (USC) 7-5
2. Lukas Ollert/Joseph Van Dooren (AU) def. Harrison O'Keefe/Thomas Mayronne (USC) 6-4
3. Andrew Schafer/Andrew Adams (USC) def. Maxime Hinnisdaels/Dante Saleh (AU) 6-3

Match Notes:
South Carolina 8-6 (0-1 SEC); National ranking #34
Auburn 11-2 (1-0 SEC); National ranking #28
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5,4,3,6)
Played indoors

Official: Chris Rodger T-3:13

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Ann Arbor, MI:  The Dartmouth Big Green ran its record to 7-4 on the year with a 4-3 win on the road at Michigan.  Michigan was coming off a win over Memphis but couldn't duplicate the results against its Ivy League foe.

Dartmouth recap
Michigan recap

#50 Dartmouth 4, #52 Michigan 3

Singles
1. #82 Dovydas Sakinis (DART 13.61) def. Alex Petrone (U-M 13.59), 6-2, 6-4
2. #112 Michael Zhu (U-M 12.69) def. #108 Chris Kipouras (DART 13.22), 6-4, 6-3
3. Runhao Hua (U-M 13.44) def. Ciro Riccardi (DART 13.11), 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-4
4. Alex Knight (U-M 12.99) def. Diego Pedraza (DART 12.88), 7-6 (4), 6-2
5. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART 12.89) def. Davis Crocker (U-M 12.15), 6-4, 6-4
6. Max Schmidt (DART 12.68) def. Carter Lin (U-M 13.09), 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Doubles
1. #18 Dovydas Sakinis/Chris Kipouras (DART) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-4
2. Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (U-M) vs. Brendan Tannenbaum/Max Schmidt (DART), 5-5 (DNF)
3. Sam Todd/Diego Pedraza (DART) def. Davis Crocker/Tyler Gardiner (U-M), 6-2


Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1, Singles 1-2-5-4-6-3

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FRIDAY PREVIEW:

The owners of 38 NCAA Division 1 Men's Team National Championships will meet on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles as the #1 USC Trojans host the #37 Stanford Cardinal.

USC's media guide shows they lead the all-time series 109-76 with the 1st match played in 1925 while Stanford's shows USC leads it 63-59 with the 1st match coming in 1967.  I'd have to go with USC's as the more accurate source since I know Stanford was playing tennis long before 1967. Stanford has won 17 NCAA Championships with the last coming in 2000 while USC has won 21 NCAA Championships including 5 of the last 6.

USC has won 8 straight in the series with Stanford's last win over SC coming back in 2011 at the National Indoors. This USC team is full of experience with the top 4 spots in the singles lineup occupied by seniors along with a junior and a sophomore at 5 and 6. Stanford on the other hand is starting 3 freshmen, a senior, and 2 juniors.

Let's breakdown the individual match-ups and see if Stanford has any shot at getting close to 4 points against the #1 Trojans.

Stanford freshman #26 Tom Fawcett has turned some heads so far this year with his stellar play which includes 3 wins over top 60 opponents and he is currently the 3rd highest ranked freshman in the latest rankings behind only Duke's #8 Nicolas Alvarez and Georgia's #17 Wayne Montgomery. USC senior Yannick Hanfmann just seems to keep plugging along with 11 of his 13 wins over ranked opponents with 8 of those 11 over top 50 opponents.  Both of these guys are undefeated in dual match play so somebody has to lose - I'll take experience over youth.

Stanford's David Wilczynski has done something you don't see too often - he has played at every spot in the singles lineup after starting the year at 6 and has since played at 5, 4, 3, 2, and this past Tuesday against Hawaii he played at 1 so that's 6 different positions in 7 matches.  The reason for the upward slide has been strictly performance based as all his dual match wins have been blowouts with the lone loss coming in 3 sets to Cal's Filip Bergevi.  One item to note is that while the wins have been impressive only 1 has been over a ranked opponent (#123 Perez-Blanco). Wilczynski's opponent will be #20 Roberto Quiroz who already has 7 wins over ranked opponents and 5 of those over top 50 opponents.  Quiroz is just too seasoned for the Cardinal freshman and will take this one in 2.

Stanford's John Morrissey spent the last 2 years playing atop the Cardinal singles lineup but has been pushed down to #3 after a slow start to the year in conjunction with the strong play of both Fawcett and Wilczyns
Thursday, 26 February 2015 01:49

Dawgs vs. Gators

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The oldest tennis rivalry in the Deep South will add another chapter to its history books on Thursday evening when 17th ranked Florida hosts 7th ranked Georgia with 1st serve set to go up at 5:30pm sharp.  Georgia has played Florida more times than any other opponent and the same goes for Florida. One oddity I noticed is that Florida's media guide shows it's played Georgia 100 times while Georgia's only lists 75 matches against Florida.  Below is what each shows is the record against the other: 

Georgia shows an all-time record of 56-19 against Florida,
Florida shows an all-time record of 39-60-1 against Georgia.  

So as you can see there is a rather large variance with the start date of the series being the culprit - Florida shows the series started in 1932 while Georgia shows it started in 1955.  Regardless of who counts what they've played a lot of times and will lock horns again tomorrow so let's dive in and look at the individual matches.  As a side note this will be Georgia's 1st outdoor dual match with all its matches up to this point being played indoors.  


Florida preview
Georgia preview




Georgia went 3-2 in doubles prior to the National Indoors but since Manny Diaz changed his pairings they've gone 4-0 with 3 of those double points coming over top 13 teams (#1 USC, #3 Illinois, #13 Columbia).  Florida has gone 4-3 in doubles but has dropped doubles in 3 of the last 4 matches with the same pairings having played in each match.  Florida needs the doubles point more in my book so the Gators have to hope the large rowdy crowd helps put them over the top.

In singles, Florida's Diego Hidalgo will make his 1st appearance of the year at #1, 2nd all-time, but he's going to have his hands full against Georgia's Wayne Montgomery.   Montgomery knocked off Hidalgo 7-5, 6-1 back in October in the Round of 32 at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional and I think we'll see a similar scoreline tomorrow with Montgomery picking up the W.

Florida's Maxx Lipman will make his 1st appearance of the year at #2 after playing at #1 in each of Florida's 7 matches with the drop due to Lipman starting the year 1-4. Lipman will face Austin Smith who previously beat him 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals of the Southeast Regional back in October though Smith himself has dropped 3 of his last 5. Smith is 3-0 overall against the Lipman's having also beaten Maxx's brother Ryan (Vanderbilt) twice last season and I think Smith will run that streak to 4.

Last year Nathan Pasha and Gordon Watson played each other at #1 singles (Watson won 7-6, 7-6) but this year they'll meet at #3.  Both guys have been playing well lately with each riding a 4-match winning streak so this one is a near toss up.

Nick Wood and Elliott Orkin played each other at #6 singles last year (Wood won 7-6, 6-4) and this year they'll meet at #4.  Wood struggled in his final 2 matches at the National Indoors winning only 8 total games but he was able to get back on track last Sunday with a straight set win against an overmatched Jacob Behal (Furman).  Orkin will play at #4 for the 1st time this year after starting at #2 six times and #3 once.  He was able to stop a 2 match slide with a 3-set win over Florida State's Michael Rinaldi however that match was almost 3 weeks ago.   Wood is the better player in my book but if Orkin can frustrate him into making too may errors, like what Aron Hiltzik and Eric Johnson did, then it could be a long day for the Georgia junior.

Florida freshman Chase Perez-Blanco will get his first taste of this fierce rivalry as he takes on the streaky Georgia junior Ben Wagland.  When Wagland plays with confidence and hits his serve and forehand with authority he's good enough to beat just about anyone on the court as evidenced by him playing at #1 his freshman year but when he plays tentative he can be pushed around by anyone.  In my opinion Ben Wagland's style of play will determine whether he wins or loses this one - if he plays aggressive (goes for the lines) he wins in 2 if he plays tentative (slices it into the middle of the court) and waits for the Perez-Blanco error he loses in 2.

This will be a battle between 2 redshirt freshmen as Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan takes on Florida's Oliver Landert.  So far these guys have played 5 common opponents with each losing to Georgia Tech's Michael Kay and USC's Nick Crystal while both defeated Mercer's Oliver Snaider.  Landert also beat Georgia Tech's Cole Fiegel and UCLA's Joseph Di Giulio while Oosterbaan lost to Fiegel and led Di Giulio before the match was halted due to the clinch.  I'm leaning towards Oosterbaan here because I think his serve will be able to bail him out of the some deciding points.

I'm going to go with Georgia but if Florida finds a way to take 2 of the top 3 I think they probably win the match.  Prediction:  Georgia 4-3


#7 Georgia (7-2) at #17 Florida (5-2) - 5:30pm eastern - Live Scoring

Projected Lineups with UTRs (as of 2/25) after the school abbreviation:

Singles:
1. #17 Wayne Montgomery (UGA 14.65 - 5-2/23-5) vs. #46 Diego Hidalgo (UF 14.04 - 6-0/20-4)  
2. #25 Austin Smith (UGA 14.12 - 5-3/15-7) vs. #103 Maxx Lipman (UF 13.72 - 1-4/12-8) 
3. #16 Nathan Pasha (UGA 14.26 - 5-2/17-8) vs. Gordon Watson (UF 13.74 - 4-2/15-9) 
4. Nick Wood (UGA 13.69 6-3/18-10) vs. #80 Elliott Orkin (UF 13.84 - 3-3/16-5) 
5. Ben Wagland (UGA 13.26 - 3-3/13-11) vs. #123 Chase Perez-Blanco (UF 13.30 - 4-1/15-8)
6. Paul Oosterbaan (UGA 13.57 - 2-3/10-8) vs. Oliver Landert (UF 13.14 - 4-3/14-8)  

Doubles:
1. #10 Smith/Wagland (UGA 4-0) vs. #47 Watson/Hidalgo (UF 3-3/14-4)   
2. Pasha/Diaz (UGA 1-1) vs. Lipman/Orkin (UF 4-3/10-6)
3. Montgomery/Oosterbaan (UGA 2-1) vs. Landert/Wardell (UF 3-2/7-5)

Dual match record is the 1st record after the school abbreviation/overall record is next)
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:58

What's Coming Up

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There are several intriguing men's matches coming up over the next 4 days and below are the ones that I'll be previewing so look for my Georgia/Florida preview sometime later tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest.

I just recently made a change to my cable provider so I now have the Pac 12 Network and I'm really looking forward to watching the telecast of Friday's Stanford/USC match. Justin Gimelstob and Ted Robinson will be on the call and from the few video clips I saw from matches they did last year it appeared the telecast was of very high quality.   If I'm not mistaken you can also watch the match online on the Pac 12 Network's website but your cable has to carry the Pac 12 Network for you to be able to see it.

 

(All Times Eastern)

2/26 (Thursday)
#7 Georgia at #17 Florida - 5:30pm 

2/27 (Friday)
#37 Stanford at #1 USC (Pac 12 Network) - 4pm with Pac 12 Network coverage starting at 5:30pm

2/28 (Saturday)
#34 South Carolina at #17 Florida - 1pm 
#37 Stanford at #21 UCLA - 4pm 
#3 Illinois at #14 Notre Dame - 4pm 
#26 Florida State at #2 Oklahoma - 4:30pm 

3/1 (Sunday)
#12 Wake Forest at #6 Texas - 2pm 
#11 Virginia at #5 Baylor - 2pm 
#16 Vanderbilt at #10 Ole Miss - 2pm 


Tuesday, 24 February 2015 19:03

2/24 ITA Rankings Have Been Released

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The new rankings are out and while all my calculations weren't 100% correct they were close.  I had carried over my points sheet from last year but didn't make an adjustment for last week's rankings which had 2 teams tied for 35th which threw off my point totals for everybody from 36 on down by 1 point.

USC is the new #1 in the men's rankings with Oklahoma dropping to #2 after falling at Texas A&M while North Carolina stays at #1 in the women's rankings.   For the full list of both men's and women's team rankings, singles, and doubles scroll down the page.


I will say though that there are 3 places where the ITA Men's Team Rankings are incorrect.
  • Texas should be ranked 7th behind Georgia because Texas's point total is really 62.62 but due to to an incorrect score entry in the ITA's computer it showed that Texas's home win on 1/25 over Florida State was counted as a road win thus giving them an extra 5.1 points.  
  • Texas A&M should be ranked 10th behind Ole Miss because Texas A&M's point total is really 53.18 but due to an incorrect score entry it showed Texas A&M's home win on 1/25 over San Diego was counted as a road win thus giving them an extra 4.5 points.   
  • Drake should be ranked 28th instead of 29th because a 1/18 road win at Louisville was keyed in as a match at Drake.  


I emailed Tom Loughrey, ITA Media/Rankings Manager, with this info so I doubt it'll get changed for these rankings but hopefully is fixed before next week.

Tom emailed me back and has updated those 2 entries in the system to show the correct location of the matches.  The changes will take effect with next week's rankings.  


Men's National Team Rankings 
Administered by the ITA
NCAA Division I Tennis
February 24, 2015
RankAvgSchoolPrevious Week
185.56University of Southern California2
283.02University of Oklahoma1
376.77University of Illinois6
470.93Duke University7
568.58Baylor University5
663.83University of Texas10
762.86University of Georgia3
855.00Ohio State University9
954.20Texas A&M University13
1053.42University of Mississippi15
1152.88University of Virginia4
1252.58Wake Forest University19
1351.98Columbia University11
1445.31University of Notre Dame17
1541.09TCU18
1640.59Vanderbilt University23
1740.02University of Florida16
1835.77California14
1934.68North Carolina8
2032.71Northwestern University26
2131.76UCLA12
2231.30Harvard University25
2330.92Princeton University50
2430.79University of South Florida24
2529.64Oklahoma State University32
2626.37Florida State University31
2726.19North Carolina State28
2826.12Auburn UniversityT-35
2925.50Drake University41
3025.40University of San Diego37
3125.23Louisiana State University40
3224.88Texas Tech University38
3324.12University of Minnesota34
3423.29University of South Carolina21
3522.95Virginia Tech33
3622.23Indiana University-Bloomington44
3721.61Stanford University39
3819.59University of Louisville42
3917.51Penn State University27
4016.55University of Denver62
4116.38Mississippi State University30
4215.40University of Memphis22
4314.83University of Oregon45
4414.80University of Pennsylvania52
4512.62University of New Mexico63
Monday, 23 February 2015 12:25

2/24 ITA Rankings Preview

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Tomorrow's set of rankings will be the 1st of the year to use the computers so we'll see some decent size swings from where teams were ranked in the 2/17 rankings which were the last to be voted on by the ITA National Rankings Committee.

Below is what I came up with using the ITA's formula which is listed down below my chart.  There's always a chance I made a calculation error somewhere but by in large they are usually pretty close. These 2/24 rankings utilize each team's 4 best wins (with best being determined by who gives you the most ranking points).  Road wins are given a 10% bonus so beating the 65th ranked team on the road would get your more points than beating the 64th ranked team at home.

It usually takes until the end of March before the rankings get leveled out because by then we're up to using the team's top 7 wins (goes up to top 9 before NCAA selections).  Many teams may have 4 or 5 good wins, which will keep them ranked higher for the 1st few rankings, but once they hit the meat of their schedule they'll likely take on a few more losses with not as many higher ranked wins.  So what I'm saying is if your team is lower than you thought they should be (i.e Virginia #11) don't worry because if they take care of business against tougher competition as expected they'll quickly climb up as they replace wins over teams in the 40-60s with wins over teams in the 5-20s.

If anybody is running rankings themselves and they don't match mine let me know in the comments section so we can see where the variance came from.


RankSchoolPointsPrevious
1USC85.562
2Oklahoma83.021
3Illinois76.776
4Duke70.937
5Baylor68.845
6Georgia62.863
7Texas62.6210
8Ohio State55.009
9Ole Miss53.4215
10Texas A&M 53.4113
11Virginia53.124
12Wake Forest52.5819
13Columbia 51.9814
14Notre Dame45.5617
15TCU41.5418
16Florida*40.2516
17Vanderbilt39.7523
18California35.7714
19North Carolina34.898
20Northwestern32.7126
21UCLA32.1612
22Harvard31.6725
23South Florida 31.3424
24Princeton30.9250
25Oklahoma State30.0032

* not 100% certain due to a counted victory over an opponent ranked below 75.


ITA D1 Ranking's Manual 

1. The first six national top 75 team rankings of the spring will be decided by vote of the ITA National Ranking Committee. For the remainder of the spring dual match season, the rankings will be based on the ITA computer ranking system (beginning February 24). For each countable victory and all losses a team receives a prescribed number of points (see point chart) based upon the national ranking of the opponent defeated. Victories and losses in ITAsanctioned college dual matches will count towards the team ranking. 
2. A team is worth its current value/ranking. If a team drops or climbs during the season, it will always be worth its current ranking each given period. Each ranking period, the ranking average will be figured with the total of countable victories and all loses. If the team has fewer ranked victories than the countable victory total for the period, the rest of the counted victories will be its unranked victories. If the team has more ranked victories than the countable victory totals, the team's highest countable victories will be those counted. All losses will be considered as countable matches, but losses are also weighted according to opponent rank. 
3. The way the points are distributed points for wins; percentages deducted for losses they consider a team's wonloss record, strength of schedule and depth of wins and losses; and significant wins and losses (with bonus points for road wins). The formula works as follows: Sum of points from x' best wins for that rankings period divided by [the x' best countable wins for that particular ranking period + Points from all losses]. 
4. The ITA National Ranking Committee can review Nos. 51 through 75 in the first five ITA computer team rankings and has the authority to adjust the rankings in that area to ensure the most-deserving teams enter into the rankings. 
5. Shortened or different formats approved by the ITA can also count towards rankings (if both coaches have agreed on this prior to the match). 
6. Non-division I opponents count as unranked wins and/or losses. 
7. The NCAA team champion automatically goes to No. 1 in final ranking. Bonus points are awarded for advancement in the NCAA Team Championships (see point chart).
May 3-5: NCAA First/Second Rounds (Campus Sites)
May 10-12: NCAA Super Regionals (Campus Sites)