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2017 USTA College Tennis Top 25: Feb. 15, 2017

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February 15, 2017 09:59 AM

In the second USTA College Tennis Top 25 rankings, the University of Florida women and the University of Virginia men remain at No. 1, with Florida receiving the maximum 150 ranking points and Virginia receiving 148 points in the weekly poll.

Florida retained the top spot following its team title at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships over the weekend in New Haven, Conn. The Gators defeated four straight opponents ranked in this week's USTA Top 10 – No. 9 Michigan, No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 4 Georgia and No. 2 North Carolina – to win their seventh ITA Indoors title and first since 1999.

There was one change in the men's Top 5: Wake Forest, after notching a 4-3 victory at Oklahoma State on Sunday, moved out of a tie with Florida for sole possession of No. 3. This move comes just ahead of the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship, which will be held Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville, Va.

Each team's point total, specified below in parentheses, is the sum of its ranking points from the USTA's panel of eight voters (listed below). Each voter ranked 25 teams from Nos. 1 to 25, with the first-place team receiving 25 points and the last-place team receiving one. 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.

A number of these programs will be featured live on ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app this season as part of the College MatchDay series. The next College MatchDay will feature a rematch of the 2016 NCAA women's championship – Stanford vs. Oklahoma State – at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 17, from the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando.

Week 2 of the USTA College Tennis Top 25 team rankings are as follows:
 

USTA College Top 25 - Men USTA College Top 25 - Women
1. Virginia (148) 1. Florida (150)
2. Ohio State (143) 2. North Carolina (144)
3. Wake Forest (137) 3. Ohio State (135)
4. Florida (130) 4. Georgia (127)
5. California (116) T5. Oklahoma State (124)
6. Northwestern (113) T5. Stanford (124)
7. USC (109) T7. California (108)
T8. North Carolina (108) T7. Texas Tech(108)
T8. UCLA (108) 9. Michigan (104)
10. Oklahoma (91)  10. Pepperdine (103)
11. Oklahoma State (88) 11. Auburn (88)
12. Georgia (86) 12. Georgia Tech (80)
13. Baylor (78) 13. Vanderbilt (79)
14. Texas (74) 14. ArizonaState (53)
15. Kentucky (62) T15. Mississippi (51)
16. Illinois (55) T15. Texas (51)
17. Michigan (49) T17. Duke (47)
18. Georgia Tech (46) T17. UCLA (47)
19. Mississippi State (29) T19. Texas A&M (41)
20. Columbia (27) T19. USC (41)
T21. Texas A&M (20) 21. South Carolina (32)
T21. Vanderbilt (20) 22. Baylor (22)
23. Stanford (15) 23. Miami (Fla.) (20)
24. Tulane (13) T24. LSU (15)
25. South Carolina (12) T24. Northwestern (15)

 

* Men's teams receiving votes: SMU (5), Duke (9), Utah (1).

** Women's teams receiving votes: Mississippi State (2), Rice (2), TCU (2), Tennessee (1), Wake Forest (1).

Voting Panel: Casey Angle (former ITA championships director); Virgil Christian (USTA College Tennis); Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis); Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today); Dallas Oliver (Tennis Recruiting Network); Mike Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s coach); Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces); and Bruce Waschuk (Universal Tennis Rating).

RELATED: 2017 USTA College Tennis Top 25: Feb. 8, 2017


(Photo courtesy of University of Virginia)

 

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