Thursday, 04 May 2017 23:10

ITA Releases Final Regular Season Rankings, Winterbotham Out at Tennessee, All-Conference Teams

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The ITA released its final team, singles, and doubles rankings of the regular season with the team rankings falling in line with what I projected earlier in the week. The men's top five was Wake Forest, Virginia, Ohio State, USC, and UCLA while the women's top five was Florida, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, and Georgia. The NCAA followed the rankings when doing seeding on the men's side but as we found out on Tuesday they did not on the women's side with North Carolina moving up to No. 2 while Texas Tech passed Stanford for No. 6. 

In the men's singles rankings the only change in the top 10 was Illinois junior Aleks Vukic rising two spots to No. 3 which dropped Mississippi State sophomore Nuno Borges to No. 4 and Wake Forest sophomore Petros Chrysochos to No. 5. TCU's Cameron Norrie and Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard remained at No. 1 and No. 2. The NCAA seeding for the singles tournament mirrored the rankings to a T. 

Georgia's Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski moved up to No. 1 in the doubles rankings after picking up a pair of top five wins at the SEC Tournament last week while last week's No. 1, Wake's Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri, fell to No. 4. As far as variances between these rankings and the NCAA's seeds - UCLA's Redlicki and Zhu got the second seed despite being ranked third while Florida's Perez and Ingildsen got the third seed despite being ranked second. Mississippi State's Trevor Foshey and Niclas Braun were ranked No. 8 however they weren't seeded while Texas A&M's Arthur Rinderknech and AJ Catanzariti got a seed with a No. 9 ranking. Rinderknech and Catanzariti won the regular season meeting 6-2. 

To see the full list of the men's singles and doubles rankings click here

In the women's singles rankings there was some minor shuffling in the top 10 but there was no change in the top two with Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo still No. 1 while North Carolina's Hayley Carter is still No. 2. As far as variance with NCAA seeding - Vandy's Astra Sharma was ranked fourth but seed third, UCLA's Ena Shibahara was ranked fifth but seeded fourth, and Baylor's Blair Shankle was ranked third but seeded fifth. Shankle played both during the season with Sharma winning while she and Shibahara split matches. 

Vanderbilt's Astra Sharma and Emily Smith took over the top spot in the doubles rankings while last week's No. 1 North Carolina's Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney fell to No. 4. The only variance between these rankings and the NCAA's seeding came when Kentucky's Sutjiadi and Adachi were seeded third despite being ranked sixth while Georgia's Perez and Brinson were ranked third but seeded in the 5-8 cluster. Sutjiadi and Adachi defeated No. 3 Perez and Brinson and No. 4 Carter and Aney in the regular season though they lost to No. 5 Routliffe and Pothoff from Alabama. 

To see the full list of the women's singles and doubles rankings click here.

New Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie fired men's head coach Sam Winterbotham after the Volunteers failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. During Winterbotham's 11-year tenure his teams won 217 matches, two SEC Championships, and finished as the NCAA runner-up in 2010 however they had only finished above .500 in SEC play once in the last six years. Associate head coach Chris Woodruff will serve as the interim head coach until Currie and his four-person committee announce a replacement. To read a statement by Winterbotham click here to view his Twitter feed. 
Several conferences have recently announced their all-conference teams so I wanted to list some of them below - to open in another window click here
Player of the Year:
SEC: Nuno Borges (Mississippi State); Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt)
ACC: Chris Eubanks (Georgia Tech); Hayley Carter (North Carolina)
Big Ten: Aleks Vukic (Illinois); Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State)
American: Sasha Gozun (USF)/Constantin Schmitz (Tulane); Ceila Ruiz (East Carolina)/Dobby Leenabanchong (Tulsa)
Ivy League: Tyler Lu (Yale); Marika Cusick (Cornell)


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