USTA Rankings Released Plus My Full Breakdown of the March 21st Singles & Doubles Rankings (Premium)Written by Bobby Knight
The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the Virginia men and Florida women remaining at No. 1. Surprisingly, Florida is no longer a unanimous No. 1 despite having wins over everyone else in the top 10 except for California and Georgia Tech which it hasn't played. North Carolina is only two votes behind Florida at No. 2 while Ohio State holds firm at No. 3. Georgia moved up two spots to No. 4 after the win at Florida last Friday and Stanford drops one spot to No. 5.
The Wake Forest men moved up one spot to No. 2 after a win over Georgia coupled with Ohio State losing twice which dropped the Buckeyes one spot to No. 3. North Carolina remains at No. 4 and Texas moves up two spots to No. 5 after defeating Ohio State.
Texas A&M was the biggest upward mover on the men's side coming up four spots to No. 10. The Aggies extended their winning streak to 11 with a win over Ohio State on Sunday. Tulane was the only team to fall out after losing to Oregon in the finals of the San Diego Spring Break Tournament while South Carolina entered at No. 25 after picking up road wins at Arkansas and Ole Miss. The only team to drop more than two spots was Oklahoma who dropped three and fell to No. 12 after going 1-2 in Indian Wells with a 4-3 win over Tulsa and losses to USC and Cal.
McDonald/Collins Named Oracle Award Winners, Full Breakdown of the March 21st Oracle/ITA Team RankingsWritten by Bobby Knight
Last Friday night Mackenzie McDonald and Danielle Collins were selected by a panel of six as the two inaugural winners of the Oracle US Tennis Awards. Both McDonald and Collins, who were the 2016 NCAA singles champions, won a $100,000 grant to help with their transition from college to professional tennis. Collins, who was actually a two-time NCAA singles champion, currently has a career-high WTA ranking of 237 after having no ranking when she graduated from Virginia last May. McDonald, who left UCLA after his junior year, currently has a career-high ATP ranking of 245 after having a ranking of 427 when he officially turned pro. The full release is available on the ITA's site at this link.
Near the end of last week I added a rankings tab in the menu that will have real-time rankings that will be updated from Thursday through Monday. Right now it currently shows a projection for tomorrow's top 25 for both the men and women and then by April I'll expand it to the top 45-50. This content will only be available for College Tennis Today subscribers so if you're not on board yet you are missing out.
The just completed tournaments in Indian Wells and San Diego were the last big ones until conference tournaments start in late April so by now most schools should be in conference play. The Big 12 is one of the exceptions because with only six men's members they don't start until a week from Friday.
I'll list out all the bigger matches by conference that will be coming up this week and I'll try to do this every Monday until tournament time so you'll know what to keep an eye on. There are very few Pac-12 schools (men or women) in action this week with many taking finals so most of the action is in the ACC, Big Ten, and SEC.
For the second time this week No. 2 Ohio State came up short in the state of Texas after No. 11 Texas A&M rallied to win 4-3.
Ohio State jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Ohio State's No. 1 team of Mikael Torpegaard and Herkko Pollanen broke for 2-1 and then they'd break again for 5-2 and would serve it out for 6-2. Ohio State's No. 3 team of JJ Wolf and Hunter Tubert came back from 0/40 down to hold for 3-2 and then they broke from 30/40 for 4-2. After two more holds they'd serve it out from 40/15 to win 6-3. The match at No. 2 went unfinished with Texas A&M serving at 3-4 (30/30) though A&M's Valentin Vacherot and Arthur Rinderknech had led 2-0 before Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo and Martin Joyce won three straight to go up 3-2.
Baylor and USC Advance to Indian Wells Final, Oregon Wins San Diego Spring Break Tournament, Mississippi State Wins Top 25 Battle at KentuckyWritten by Bobby Knight
Saturday was a busy day out west with USC and Baylor advancing to the finals of the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge while Oregon defeated Tulane to win the San Diego Spring Break Tournament. Virginia played its first competitive match in a month and dominated Notre Dame in South Bend. Mississippi State, Auburn, and Florida each went on the road in the SEC and won 4-3 matches.
#1 Wake Forest Survives Against Georgia; Georgia Women Roll Over #1 Florida; Texas Fight Too Much For ColumbiaWritten by Bobby Knight
It was almost a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog but it ended up being just a good day after the Georgia women rocked No. 1 Florida while the Georgia men fell just short against No. 1 Wake Forest. In the men's match, Wake Forest jumped out to the early break lead at No. 2 doubles when Borna Gojo and Alan Gadjiev broke Georgia's Nathan Ponwith and Emil Reinberg to go up 1-0 but Georgia broke back on the no-ad point for 1-1. Georgia won the next three games to go up 4-1 but Wake came back and took the next three to even it at 4-4.
The match at No. 3 stayed on serve through the first eight games but then Georgia got the break when Walker Duncan and Wayne Montgomery broke from 30/40 to go up 5-4. Duncan would serve it out at love to give Georgia the 6-4 win. Both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles would go to tiebreaks and Wake's Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri would jump out to a 5-1 lead at No. 1 on Georgia's Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb. Georgia won the next five to go up 6-5 before Mansouri hit a second serve service winner to even it at 6-6. Mansouri would double fault after the changeover and then Zielinski served it out with an overhead smash from the service line to give Georgia the 7-6 (6) win and early 1-0 lead. The match at No. 2 went unfinished with Georgia leading 6-4* in the tiebreak.