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Rankings Release - 2/15 ITA Women's Team Rankings & USTA Mens & Womens Top 25

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Wednesday was ranking release day with the USTA releasing its second top 25 while the ITA released just the women's team rankings (no men's team rankings this week due to the NTIs). I'll start with the ITA rankings which kept Florida at No. 1 after the Gators won their first National Team Indoor Championship since 1999. North Carolina stayed at No. 2 after a runner-up finish at the NTIs while the two semifinalists, Georgia and Ohio State, each moved up three spots to No. 3 and No. 4 respectively. Texas Tech made the biggest jump going from No. 12 to No. 7 after the Red Raiders defeated Vanderbilt and Pepperdine. Michigan and Auburn each moved up three spots to No. 10 and No. 11 after the Wolverines defeated Vanderbilt and Texas A&M while the Tigers defeated Georgia Tech and Yale.

Pepperdine and Duke each fell five spots with the Waves falling to No. 8 after dropping matches to Georgia and Texas Tech while the Blue Devils fell to No. 15 after losing to Georgia, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt. Miami, which didn't participate in the NTIs after losing to Texas A&M in its KOW regional final, dropped four spots to No. 21 after losing at Texas. Vanderbilt dropped three spots to No. 12 after losing to Texas Tech and Michigan. No teams dropped out of this week's rankings.  

ITA WOMEN'S TOP 25
Rank School Prv Rank Chg
1 Florida 1 0
2 North Carolina 2 0
3 Georgia 6 3
4 Ohio State 7 3
5 Stanford 4 -1
6 Oklahoma State 5 -1
7 Texas Tech 12 5
8 Pepperdine 3 -5
9 California 8 -1
10 Michigan 13 3
11 Auburn 14 3
12 Vanderbilt 9 -3
13 Georgia Tech 11 -2
14 Texas A&M 15 1
15 Duke 10 -5
16 Texas 18 2
17 Arizona State 16 -1
18 Mississippi 19 1
19 South Carolina 21 2
20 UCLA 20 0
21 Miami 17 -4
22 USC 22 0
23 Northwestern 23 0
24 Mississippi State 24 0
25 University of Kentucky 25 0
Others Receiving Votes: Baylor, LSU, Rice

 

The USTA released both a men's and women's top 25 with no change at the top two spots. Florida and North Carolina were a unanimous No. 1 and No. 2 in the women's poll while Virginia missed being a unanimous No. 1 in the men's poll by two votes. The only men's team to move more than two spots was Mississippi State which fell three spots to No. 19 after losing at South Florida last Sunday. Tulane and South Carolina entered the men's top 25 while SMU and Old Dominion dropped out. South Carolina defeated Old Dominion last week while Tulane picked up notable wins over Auburn and North Florida. Old Dominion did pick up a road win at Clemson but the loss to South Carolina was enough to drop them out. SMU was supposed to play at Dartmouth last week but that match got snowed out and with Tulane picking up two wins that was enough to elevate them in the voters minds. 

There was a lot of movement on the women's side with Texas Tech (+7) and Texas (+6) making the biggest leap while Pepperdine (-6), Duke (-6), Vanderbilt (-4), and Miami (-4) made the biggest fall. Baylor was the only newcomer to the rankings this week after the Bears ran their record to 5-0 with a 4-2 win over Rice. Mississippi State fell out despite winning its only match of the week 7-0 over Louisiana-Lafayette.

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. 

For those interested in how I voted you can see my ballot here with the full panel vote beside it. 

 

USTA MEN'S TOP 25     USTA WOMEN'S TOP 25  
Rank School Votes Chg Rank School Votes Chg
1 Virginia 148 0 1 Florida 150 0
2 Ohio State 143 0 2 North Carolina 144 0
3 Wake Forest 137 0 3 Ohio State 135 2
4 Florida 130 -1 4 Georgia 127 3
5 Cal 116 0 T5 Oklahoma State 124 0
6 Northwestern 113 2 T5 Stanford 124 -2
7 USC 109 -1 T7 California 108 1
T8 North Carolina 108 0 T7 Texas Tech 108 7
T8 UCLA 108 -1 9 Michigan 104 3
10 Oklahoma 91 2 10 Pepperdine 103 -6
11 Oklahoma State 88 0 11 Auburn 88 2
12 Georgia 86 -2 12 Georgia Tech 80 -2
13 Baylor 78 0 13 Vanderbilt 79 -4
14 Texas 74 1 14 Arizona State 53 3
15 Kentucky 62 -1 T15 Ole Miss 51 0
16 Illinois 55 1 T15 Texas 51 6
17 Michigan 49 2 T17 Duke 47 -6
18 Georgia Tech 46 -1 T17 UCLA 47 -1
19 Mississippi State 29 -3 T19 Texas A&M 41 -1
20 Columbia 27 0 T19 USC 41 0
T21 Texas A&M 20 0 21 South Carolina 32 2
T21 Vanderbilt 20 2 22 Baylor 22 NR
23 Stanford 15 -1 23 Miami FL 20 -4
24 Tulane 13 NR T24 LSU 15 0
25 South Carolina 12 NR T24 Northwestern 15 -2
Others Receiving Votes: Duke (9), SMU (5), Utah (1)
Others Receiving Votes: Miss St (2), Rice (2), TCU (2), Tennessee (1), Wake Forest (1)

 

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the ITA and USTA polls with a column to the right that shows voter variance. The USTA poll liked Arizona State, Ole Miss, UCLA, and USC three spots more than the ITA did while it didn't like Texas A&M (-5) nearly as much as the ITA poll. The USTA panel had both Vanderbilt and LSU ranked while the ITA panel did not. The ITA panel had Kentucky and Mississippi State ranked while the USTA panel did not. 

 

ITA WOMEN'S TOP 25   USTA WOMEN'S TOP 25
Rank School Rank School Variance
1 Florida 1 Florida 0
2 North Carolina 2 North Carolina 0
3 Georgia 3 Ohio State 1
4 Ohio State 4 Georgia -1
5 Stanford T5 Oklahoma State 1
6 Oklahoma State T5 Stanford 0
7 Texas Tech T7 California 2
8 Pepperdine T7 Texas Tech 0
9 California 9 Michigan 1
10 Michigan 10 Pepperdine -2
11 Auburn 11 Auburn 0
12 Vanderbilt 12 Georgia Tech 1
13 Georgia Tech 13 Vanderbilt -1
14 Texas A&M 14 Arizona State 3
15 Duke T15 Ole Miss 3
16 Texas T15 Texas 1
17 Arizona State T17 Duke -2
18 Ole Miss T17 UCLA 3
19 South Carolina T19 Texas A&M -5
20 UCLA T19 USC 3
21 Miami FL 21 South Carolina -2
22 USC 22 Baylor -
23 Northwestern 23 Miami FL -2
24 Mississippi State T24 LSU -
25 Kentucky T24 Northwestern -2

 

 

 

 

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