The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining at No. 1 although their leads at the top are as slim as they've been. On the men's side Virginia is just two votes back at No. 2 while on the women's side Ohio State is only one vote behind Florida. There was no change in the men's top six though Baylor moved up two spots to No. 7 while USC dropped one spot to No. 8 and Texas dropped two spots to No. 9. Florida, South Carolina, and Oregon made the biggest jumps by coming up four spots each to No. 15, No. 18, and No. 21. Georgia Tech took the biggest tumble by dropping five spots to No. 19 after a tough loss at unranked Virginia Tech. Coincidently Columbia only dropped one spot to No. 19 after it fell to unranked Harvard.
The women's top four remained the same though Vanderbilt shot up six spots to No. 5 after its big win over Florida last Sunday. Pepperdine came up four spots to No. 8 after defeating Stanford and Texas A&M came up six spots to No. 18 after defeating Georgia in Athens. Texas Tech and Auburn each dropped four spots to No. 10 and No. 22 after T-Tech lost to unranked TCU while Auburn fell to Arkansas.
The Tulane men and TCU women were the only newcomers to this week's poll with each coming in at No. 25. The Kentucky men and LSU women were the only two to fall out after each lost a pair of matches over the weekend.
The latest USTA Top 25 is out with both the Wake Forest men and Florida women remaining at No. 1. The men's top four stayed the same with TCU moving up one spot to No. 5. The women's top 10 remained largely unchanged with the only real move coming when North Carolina and Stanford swapped spots at No. 3 and No. 4. Oklahoma State and Northwestern made the biggest jumps on the men's side with each coming up three spots to No. 6 and No. 21 respectively. Kentucky took the biggest fall dropping five spots to No. 24 after a loss at home to Alabama.
On the women's side, Arizona State and Texas each came up three spots to No. 17 and No. 18 respectively while Kentucky took the biggest fall dropping five spots to No. 20 after losing to LSU and Texas A&M.
The latest USTA Top 25 is out with the Wake Forest men taking over the top spot while the Florida women remain at No. 1. Wake Forest moved up to the top spot after defeating Virginia last Friday which dropped Virginia down to No. 2. Ohio State and North Carolina remain at No. 3 and No. 4 while USC moved up one spot to No. 5. TCU made the biggest jump rising 10 spots from No. 16 to No. 6 while Florida took the biggest tumble falling four spots from No. 13 to No. 17.
On the women's side Ohio State and Stanford moved up one spot each to No. 2 and No. 3 while North Carolina fell two spots from No. 2 to No. 4 after losing to Georgia Tech last Saturday. Mississippi State made the biggest jump coming up three spots to No. 19 while LSU dropped the most at four spots to No. 25.
Late Tuesday afternoon news started to circulate that University of Virginia men's head coach Brian Boland was departing to take over as the new USTA Player Development Head of Men's Tennis and on Wednesday morning it was officially confirmed. Boland will finish out the current season at Virginia and will then relocate to Orlando where he'll serve under USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman. Boland took over as head coach at Virginia in 2001 and since then his teams have won over 400 matches while winning three of the last four NCAA Championships and completely rewriting the record books at both Virginia and in the ACC. The USTA's release also includes a Q&A while Virginia's release has several great quotes with a few of them below. I also embedded Boland's press conference from earlier today where he talked in more detail about his decision to head south.
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.
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.
The USTA released its top 25 on Wednesday with no change in either the men's or women's top 4. The women's top four of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Stanford were all unanimous selections while the men's top four of Virginia, Ohio State, Wake Forest, and North Carolina was near-unanimous with Wake missing out by just one vote.
Northwestern and South Carolina were the only men's schools to move more than two spots with Northwestern falling five spots to No. 18 while South Carolina fell three spots to No. 25. Auburn made the biggest jump on the women's side coming up four spots to No. 8 after winning the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery which included a win over Texas Tech. Georgia fell three spots to No. 8 but they stayed ahead of Georgia Tech despite the Jackets defeating them on Friday. For what it's worth I had Georgia Tech No. 10 and Georgia No. 11 in my ballot. Duke rose three spots to No. 15 after defeating NC State and TCU.
Notre Dame entered the men's poll at No. 24 while Stanford fell out after being ranked No. 25 last week. Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Kentucky entered the women's poll at No. 21 and No. 25 (tie) while LSU and Miami FL fell out after being ranked No. 23 and No. 25 last week.
The USTA released its top 25 on Wednesday with both the Virginia men and Florida women unanimous No. 1s. Ohio State and Wake Forest were unanimous No. 2 and No. 3 on the men's side while North Carolina and Cal were No. 4 and No. 5. The women's top three stayed the same while Stanford and Georgia swapped spots at No. 4 and No. 5.
Texas made the biggest jump on the men's side rising five spots to No. 9 while Northwestern took the biggest plunge falling seven spots to No. 13. There wasn't a whole lot of movement on the women's side with UCLA and Baylor each rising three spots to No. 14 and No. 19 respectively while no one fell more than two spots. TCU was the only team to go from unranked to ranked on the women's side with Northwestern dropping out.
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.
Wednesday was a busy day for rankings with the USTA releasing its inaugural top 25 while the ITA released its first singles and doubles rankings in over a month in addition to releasing its men's top 25 (no women's team rankings this week due to the NTIs). I'll start off with the ITA top 25 which kept the same teams at one through four (UVA/Wake/Ohio State/Cal) with North Carolina moving up two spots to No. 5. Florida was the biggest mover of the week rising five spots from No. 11 to No. 6 after defeating USC and UCLA over the weekend. Georgia and Texas A&M took the biggest tumbles with each falling five spots. No teams dropped out which of course meant no new teams entered though there were some that received votes last week that didn't this week and some that didn't last receive them last week but did this week. South Florida, Tulsa, Duke, and Arkansas received votes last week but not this week while Cornell and Utah State received some this week after not receiving any last week. Down at the bottom of this post I have results from every team that was ranked or received votes last week so you can see why teams moved up or down. FYI, I'll have a separate post about the singles and double ranking.