Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:33

New ITA & USTA Rankings Are Out; Slam Tennis Releases Its Computer Rankings; Men's NTI All-Tournament Team Announced; Mid-Week Results

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Wednesday was rankings release day with both the ITA and USTA releases its latest rankings. Up until this point all the ITA team rankings have been done by committee but starting with this week and going forward the computers take so that's why we saw a bunch of swings in this week's rankings versus prior weeks. The computer rankings used each team's four best wins while deducting points for losses so that's why we had a few notable teams not show up in the top 50 (Georgia/Texas A&M). 

As expected Ohio State is the new men's No. 1 after running the table at the National Team Indoors while Wake Forest comes in at No. 2. Virginia made one of the bigger upward moves from 13 to 4 while Illinois came up from 14 to 8. Oregon made a jump from unranked to 15 while LSU and Penn also made nice jumps into the top 25 after being unranked. 

There wasn't much change in the top 4 on the women's side, since most teams were idle last week, however there was plenty of move down below 4. Some of the teams that fell the most were Pepperdine from 6 to 20, Michigan from 13 to 27, and Florida from 24 to 48. The teams that rose the most were Washington State going from unranked to 15, Florida State from 20 to 12, and Old Dominion from unranked to No. 19. 

The latest USTA Top 25 didn't have any changes at the No. 1 spot, since Ohio State moved up to No. 1 the week prior on the men's side, with Georgia remaining at No. 1 on the women's side. On the men's side some notable increases were Wake Forest from 5 to 2, TCU from 15 to 7, and Columbia from 14 to 9. Mississippi State fell 10 spots from 2 to 12 after a less than successful weekend in Chicago and Florida dropped 5 spots from 8 to 3 after also coming up short in Chicago. 

Many of the top women's programs were idle last week so the changes weren't too noticeable in the top 20 aside from Pepperdine falling from 7 to 13 after they lost to Cal who has gone from unranked to 20.  

Down below I have the side-by-side comparisons of the ITA and USTA polls plus you can view all of the singles and doubles rankings at these links (men & women). 

ITA MEN'S TOP 25   USTA MEN'S TOP 25
Rank Avg School   Rank School Votes
1 96.25 Ohio State   1 Ohio State 275
2 74.05 Wake Forest   2 Wake Forest 262
3 71.78 Texas   3 Texas 252
4 69.30 Virginia   4 North Carolina 237
5 67.98 North Carolina   5 Virginia 219
6 63.41 Stanford   6 Stanford 210
7 57.36 Florida   7 TCU 196
8 55.04 Illinois   8 Florida 193
9 54.53 Mississippi State   9 Columbia 181
10 54.15 Columbia   10 UCLA 171
11 50.15 Baylor   11 Baylor 169
12 49.90 Notre Dame   12 Mississippi State 168
13 44.31 TCU   13 Illinois 164
14 43.48 UCLA   14 USC 148
15 39.76 Oregon   15 Tennessee 101
16 37.50 Alabama   16 Michigan 89
17 37.38 Minnesota   17 Notre Dame 87
18 34.04 Michigan   18 Florida State 81
19 33.96 Florida State   19 Oklahoma 76
20 33.67 LSU   20 Alabama 62
21 33.40 Oklahoma   21 Minnesota 45
22 32.21 Oklahoma State   22 Texas A&M 38
23 31.19 Pennsylvania   23 South Carolina 34
24 30.00 USC   24 LSU 32
25 29.71 Vanderbilt   25 Oregon 26

 

ITA WOMEN'S TOP 25   USTA WOMEN'S TOP 25
Rank Avg School   Rank School Votes
1 82.75 Georgia   1 Georgia 275
2 81.00 North Carolina   2 North Carolina 264
3 61.95 Duke   3 Stanford 253
4 60.00 Stanford   4 Duke 242
5 55.66 UCLA   5 UCLA 227
6 54.78 South Carolina   6 Vanderbilt 221
7 51.29 Vanderbilt   7 Texas 204
8 48.64 Kansas   8 South Carolina 189
9 43.49 Texas   9 Michigan 180
10 41.11 Northwestern   10 Ohio State 189
11 40.65 Ohio State   11 Florida State 160
12 40.21 Florida State   12 Kansas 144
13 38.81 Oklahoma State   13 Pepperdine 143
14 38.75 Virginia   14 Virginia 126
15 35.59 Washington State   15 LSU 101
16 34.96 LSU   16 NC State 92
17 33.25 USC   17 Miami FL 81
18 32.77 Miami (FL)   18 Florida 71
19 31.68 Old Dominion   19 California 61
20 30.70 Pepperdine   20 Oklahoma State 60
21 29.11 Texas A&M   21 Northwestern 47
22 28.91 Illinois   22 Syracuse 41
23 28.60 NC State   23 Boston College 20
24 28.21 California   24 Kentucky 20
25 28.10 Syracuse   25 Washington 19

 

Slam.Tennis released its first set of computer rankings this week which can be used a comparison with the ITA's computer rankings. Slam also lets you sort the rankings by conference, strength of schedule, winning percentage, plus you can see the current ITA and USTA rankings. Below are screen shots of the top five but definitely take a look at the site to see a wealth of information which also includes mid-major rankings.  

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The ITA announced the Men's National Team Indoor All-Tournament Team on Thursday via Twitter (no actual release) with Ohio State and Wake Forest players dominating as expected. JJ Wolf was named the MVP after a dominating weekend at the top spot in the singles lineup. The only non-Buckeye or Deac to crack the list was Texas senior Colin Markes who went 2-0 at the No. 5 spot while also having multiple match points on Alex Kobelt when their match was stopped due to Ohio State clinching. In my Monday post I listed who my choices were for the All-Tournament team and the only one I missed was at No. 5 where I listed Kobelt instead of Markes.  

Singles:
No. 1: JJ Wolf (Ohio State) - went 4-0 (w/o dropping a set)
No. 2: Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest) - went 3-0 
No. 3: Bar Botzer (Wake Forest) - went 4-0 winning 8 of 9 sets
No. 4: Martin Joyce (Ohio State) - went 2-0 while leading in the other two unfinished matches
No. 5: Colin Markes (Texas) - went 2-0 while also leading Alex Kobelt 7-6, *5-4 (40/15)
No. 6: Hunter Tubert (Ohio State) - went 3-1 
 
Doubles
No. 1: Alan Gadjiev/Borna Gojo (Wake Forest) - went 2-0
No. 2: Alex Kobelt/Kyle Seelig (Ohio State) - went 2-0
No. 3: Hunter Tubert/John McNally (Ohio State) - went 4-0

 

There were a few mid-week matches that I wanted to touch on. The new men's No. 1 Ohio State dominated Kentucky 4-0 on Wednesday. The Buckeyes won every completed set in singles and the match most likely would have finished 7-0 if they played them all out. The Florida State women defeated Florida for the third straight time, and second in Gainesville, with a 4-1 win on Tuesday night. FSU won the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Carla Touly, Emmanuelle Salas, and Nandini Das at 2, 3, and 4. In another Tuesday night result on the women's side, the Washington women defeated Gonzaga 6-1 which also included a win by Stacey Fung over ITA No. 1 Sophie Whittle (4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (9). 

 

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