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Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25: March 31, 2021

Pat Mitsch | March 31, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – One week was all it took to shake up the Tennis Channel / USTA College Tennis Top 25 rankings, with Florida unseating North Carolina as the men's No. 1 in the poll's second iteration of 2021.

 

Virginia toppled the Tar Heels at home on Sunday with a 6-1 victory that was good enough to vault the Cavaliers from No. 7 to No. 4. That allowed the Gators — led by four singles players ranked in the Top 35 of the ITA singles rankings in No. 3 Duarte Vale (Portugal), No. 8 Andy Andrade (Bradenton, Fla.), No. 17 Sam Riffice (Orlando, Fla.; pictured above) and No. 34 Blaise Bicknell (Miami) — to claim their first-ever No. 1 ranking in this poll.

The Virginia women, led by heralded freshman Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.; pictured) and sophomore Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, Va.), also shot up the rankings with a home win over Duke, last week's No. 7, to make their Top-10 debut for the season at No. 9. Stanford also made significant progress within the women's Top 10, moving up to No. 7 on the heels of a weekend sweep of Washington and Washington State.

 

Each team's point total, specified below, is the sum of its ranking points from the USTA's panel of 14 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. First-place votes were not tallied. 

 

The voting panel includes: Casey Angle, former ITA Director of Championships; Virgil Christian, former USTA Director of College Tennis; Richard Croome, former sports journalist; Sonny Dearth, sports journalist for the Daily Press (Va.) and Virginian-Pilot; Judy Dixon, former UMass head coach; Alex Gruskin, Cracked Racquets; J. Webb Horton, former FGCU head coach; Granger Huntress, Texas College Tennis; Bobby Knight, College Tennis Today; Brandon Moglen, Tennis Channel; Michael Patrick, former Tennessee head coach; Lisa Stone, Parenting Aces; Caitlin Thompson, Racquet Magazine; Scott Treibly, USTA; Shannon Wrege/Dallas Oliver, Tennis Recruiting Network.

UVA freshman Emma Navarro. Photo courtesy of UVA.

The rankings will be released each Wednesday on Tennis Channel’s and the USTA’s platforms, including the USTA’s Top 25 homepage, through the conclusion of the 2021 NCAA Championship, which will be held at the USTA National Campus.

 

Men

Rank (Last Week's Ranking) – Points

1. (2) Florida – 295  

2. (1) North Carolina – 293

3. (3) Baylor – 269

4. (T7) Virginia – 258

5. (5) Tennessee – 256

6. (4) Texas – 245

7. (10) Texas A&M – 209

8. (6) Michigan – 205

9. (9) Ohio State – 202

10. (T7) TCU – 196

11. (13) Illinois – 193

12. (12) Wake Forest – 167

13. (11) USC – 152

14. (14) South Carolina – 139

15. (17) Arizona – 138

16. (15) Georgia – 121

17. (20) UCF – 104

18. (19) Mississippi – 101

T19. (21) Mississippi State – 63

T19. (22) UCLA – 63

21. (16) NC State – 47

22. (25) Pepperdine – 41

23. (23) Kentucky – 32

24. (24) Arizona State – 22

25. (NR) Georgia Tech- 15

Receiving Votes: Stanford 12, Oklahoma 11, VCU 8, Middle Tennessee State 6, Texas Tech 6, Oklahoma State 4, Alabama 1, Tulane 1

Dropped Out: Stanford (18)

Note: Ivy League schools have not competed in spring sports

 

Women

Rank (Last Week's Ranking) – Points

1. (1) North Carolina – 300

2. (2) Texas – 288

3. (3) Georgia – 272

4. (4) UCLA – 253

5. (5) Pepperdine – 252

6. (6) Florida State – 230

7. (10) Stanford – 224

8. (8) Ohio State – 211

9. (13) Virginia – 197

10. (9) NC State – 194

11. (12) Northwestern – 183

12. (7) Duke – 169

13. (11) Michigan – 167

14. (15) Baylor – 153

15. (14) Georgia Tech – 139

16. (17) UCF – 116

17. (20) Auburn – 97

18. (16) Vanderbilt – 85

T19. (19) California – 73

T19. (22) Kentucky – 73

21. (21) Tennessee – 68

22. (24) Texas A&M – 64

23. (18) LSU – 56

24. (25) Florida – 33

25. (NR) Miami (Fla.) – 8

Receiving Votes: Rice 5, Texas Tech 5, Arkansas 3, Oklahoma 2, Arizona State 1

Dropped Out: Arkansas (23)

Note: Ivy League schools have not competed in spring sports

 

Note: The Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings are available at wearecollegetennis.com.

 

Around College Tennis

Division II

  • The biggest men's matchups this week take place in Georgia, where ITA No. 1 Columbus State takes on No. 7 Valdosta State Wednesday and No. 6 Lander on Saturday.
  • There were two ITA Top 5 battles on the women's side in the last week, with No. 4 Nova Southeastern delivering a 7-0 shutout over No. 3 Lynn, and No. 2 Barry also getting past Lynn, 6-1. Another big matchup will see Barry battle No. 8 Saint Leo on Friday.

 

Division III

  • The NCAA has moved the 2021 Division III Championships from Claremont, Calif., to Chattanooga, Tenn. The premier DIII event heads to the USTA National Campus in 2022.
 
Pictured at top: Sam Riffice, UF junior
Photo courtesy of the Universty of Florida

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