The latest Oracle/ITA women's singles and doubles rankings came out on Tuesday and I've got your full breakdown down below. Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo remains at the top spot in the singles rankings while North Carolina senior Hayley Carter and UCLA freshman Ena Shibahara swapped spots at No. 2 and No. 3 with Carter at No. 2. North Carolina freshman Sara Daavettila and Vanderbilt junior Astra Sharma remain at No. 4 to No. 5.
There is a new doubles No. 1 with North Carolina's Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney rising two spots from No. 3 to No. 1 while Michigan's Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian who were last week's No. 1 dropped down to No. 2. Pepperdine's Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed dropped one spot to No. 3, UCLA's Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara remain at No. 4, and Kentucky's Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi remain at No. 5.
The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the men's and women's top 5 staying the same. Texas A&M was the only team on the men's side to move more than three spots with the Aggies rising seven spots to No. 16 after defeating both Florida and South Carolina on the road. USC and Baylor made the biggest leaps on the women's side with USC rising eight spots to No. 15 after defeating Michigan while Baylor rose four spots to No. 14 after defeating UCLA and Old Dominion. Michigan fell four spots to No. 13 after losing to USC while four teams fell three spots. Mississippi State was the only team to drop out of the top 25 after losing to Auburn though no one new entered since there was a tie last week for 25th.
Stanford Upsets Cal, North Carolina Beats Short-Handed Duke, Mercer Win Streak Hits 12, Cal Poly Clips Utah StateWritten by Bobby Knight
The latest edition of the Big Slam was another classic with #41 Stanford upsetting #6 Cal 4-3 on Tuesday night at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Cal welcomed Filip Bergevi back into its singles and doubles lineup after he missed the last few weeks with an injury and his return paid off in doubles as he and Florian Lakat, who earlier in the day were elevated to the ITA's No. 1 doubles team, defeated Tom Fawcett and William Genensen at No. 1. Bergevi served for the match up 5-2 but he was broke on the no-ad point after Fawcett hit a second serve return winner. Fawcett held at love for 5-4 but Lakat would serve it out from 40/30 to give Cal the 6-4 win. Cal's Billy Griffith served for the match at No. 2 doubles up 5-3 (40/30) but Stanford broke on the no-ad point to make it 5-4. Down at No. 3, Cal's JT Nishimura was serving up 4-3 (40/0) but Stanford came back to break on the no-ad point for 4-4. Both of those courts would go to tiebreaks and Cal's Billy Griffith and Andre Goransson would clinch the doubles point with a 7-0 win at No. 2 while the match at No. 3 went unfinished with it tied at 1-1.
Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia, began playing tennis at the NAIA-level in the fall of 2012 and since then they've been an unstoppable force. The Grizzles came into this season as the 3-time defending NAIA National Champions after going a perfect 26-0 last season. This morning GGC hosted Hawai'i Pacific in a battle of No. 1s with GGC the top ranked team in the NAIA while HPU is the top ranked team in Division II. GGC brought a 44-match winning streak into the contest with its last loss coming back on April 3, 2015 to this same HPU Shark squad. GGC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after sweeping all three doubles courts with the match at No. 1 the closest with GGC's Kevin Konfederak and Gilad Berman defeating Filip Dolezel and Jakub Hadrava 9-8 (7-5). FYI, all divisions except D1 still play regular ad-scoring with doubles playing eight game pro sets with a tiebreak at 8-8 while each individual doubles court counts as one point.
Kadhe and Gerch Win Pacific Coast Doubles Championship, Gojo Saves Wake Forest From Upset, Baylor Edges South Florida, Top 5 Ranking ProjectionsWritten by Bobby Knight
For the third year in a row a doubles team from Oklahoma State won the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship as seniors Lucas Gerch and Arjun Kadhe defeated Stanford's Jack Barber and William Genesen 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Kadhe won the title last year with Julian Cash while Gerch won it in 2015 with Nicolai Ferrigno. Gerch and Kadhe's toughest match came in the quarterfinals when they defeated USC"s Laurens Verboven and Nick Crystal 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) and their second closest match came in the semifinals when they defeated UCLA's Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Up until the quarterfinals they played 8-game pro sets and then starting in the quarterfinals it was best two out of three sets. To see full results from all matches, including consolation, check out the USTA Tennislink page. FloTennis, which streamed the event, has a recap of the tournament as well at this link.
Ohio State Handles Oklahoma, Memphis Meanders Past Cornell, Texas A&M Tough On the Road, Georgia Gets After Kentucky, Wichita State Wins Pac-MountainWritten by Bobby Knight
The last time Oklahoma came into Columbus they broke Ohio State's 200-match home court winning streak but on Sunday afternoon the only thing they'd break would be a few strings. Oklahoma looked poised to take the early lead after picking up a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles but they'd let break leads slip away on the other two courts. Oklahoma's Jochen Bertsch and Mason Bridegan jumped out to 3-1 lead at No. 3 but Ohio State's Hunter Tubert and Matt Mendez would take the next five games to win it 6-3. Oklahoma's Adrian Oetzbach and Alex Ghilea broke for a 3-2 lead at No. 2 and they'd extend the lead to 5-3 but Ohio State's Hugo Di Feo and Martin Joyce would hold from 40/15, break from 15/40, and hold from 40/15 to go in front 6-5. Oklahoma held to force a deciding tiebreak and they'd take the early mini-break lead at 1-0 but Ohio State rattled off the next four to go up 4-1. Oetzbach won both points on his serve to trim the deficit to 4-3 but Joyce took the next two on his serve to make it 6-3. Ohio State closed it out on the next point with Joyce hitting a volley winner and the Buckeyes had the 1-0 lead.