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USTA/Tennis Channel College

Top 25: March 4, 2020

Arthur Kapetanakis  |  March 4, 2020
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Tune In: New for this week, we will break down the Top 25 in a live show. The broadcast will stream from the USTA's Twitter account at 12:30 p.m. ET on March 4.

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – A record-setting win for the University of Georgia men helped make the Bulldogs the biggest movers in this week's Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25, while the USC men and the UNC women are again unanimous No. 1s. 

 

Georgia moved up eight spots to No. 10 behind two Top-15 victories over Tennessee and Ohio State, the latter of which earned longtime head coach Manny Diaz an SEC-record 707th career win. That total saw Diaz (pictured above) surpass former UGA coach Dan McGill, for whom the school’s tennis complex is named. Fittingly, both victories came on home turf in Athens.

 

The Bulldogs were powered by sophomore Trent Bryde (Suwanee, Ga.) and freshman Tyler Zink (Bradenton, Fla.), who teamed for a pair of wins at the No. ADVERTISEMENT 1 doubles spot and went undefeated individually in singles play.

 

On the women’s side, Pepperdine climbed three spots to No. 8 after splitting two marquee matchups. The young Waves, who roster just two upperclasswomen in Ashley Lahey (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Jessica Failla (Ramona, Calif.), started their weekend with a 7-0 shutout of Texas, ultimately dropping the Longhorns out of the Top 10. The Malibu outfit nearly completed a devastating double, but fell just short, 4-3, at UCLA, which holds firm at the No. 2 spot.

 

Also rising is Ohio State, who edged Florida State, 4-3, in a Top-10 battle to close out the 2020 College MatchDay slate at the USTA National Campus. The Buckeyes net out at No. 7.

 

Read More: Women’s History Month Q&A with Ohio State Head Coach Melissa Schaub

 

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. One voter was unable to participate this week, making the 275 the maximum points a team can earn.

 

The weekly rankings will rate the Top 25 men’s and women’s teams in NCAA Division I and will be released each Wednesday on Tennis Channel’s and the USTA’s platforms, including the USTA’s new Top 25 home page, through the conclusion of the NCAA Championship.

 

The full voting panel includes: Casey Angle (former Intercollegiate Tennis Association Director of Championships); Jordan Bishop (The News Press; Stillwater, Okla.); Virgil Christian (USTA); Richard Croome (The Eagle; Bryan, Texas); Sonny Dearth (Daily Press; Newport News, Va.); Judy Dixon (former UMass women’s head coach); David Fish (Universal Tennis Ratings); Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis); Andy Katz (NCAA.com); Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today); Brandon Moglen (Tennis Channel); Peter Smith (former USC men’s head coach); Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces) and Caitlin Thompson (Racquet Magazine).

 

 

Men

Rank (Last Week) – Points 

1. (1) USC – 275  

2. (2) North Carolina – 264

3. (4) Florida – 253

4. (3) Ohio State – 231

5. (6) Wake Forest – 220

6. (10) Michigan – 204 

7. (5) Texas – 194

8. (9) Texas A&M – 193

9. (T11) TCU – 175

10. (18) Georgia – 172

11. (T11) Baylor – 168

12. (15) NC State – 157

13. (7) Stanford – 143

14. (8) Columbia – 135

15. (14) UCLA – 132

16. (17) California – 108

17. (13) Tennessee – 100

18. (16) South Carolina – 85

19. (19) Duke – 78

20. (21) UCF – 69

21. (20) Oklahoma State – 61

T22. (22) Mississippi – 38

T22. (24) Oklahoma – 38

24. (25) Virginia – 20

25. (23) Florida State – 15

Receiving Votes: Northwestern 8, Cornell 5, Alabama 3, Harvard 1

Dropped Out: None

 

Women

Rank (Last Week) – Points 

1. (1) North Carolina – 275

2. (2) UCLA – 264

3. (3) Stanford – 253

4. (4) Duke – 241

5. (7) Georgia – 230

6. (5) NC State – 198

7. (10) Ohio State – 197

8. (11) Pepperdine – 196

9. (6) Florida State – 191

10. (9) Oklahoma State – 186

11. (8) Texas – 168

12. (13) Virginia – 158

13. (15) Georgia Tech – 135

14. (17) Michigan – 118

15. (12) Princeton – 115

16. (14) Vanderbilt – 94

17. (21) UCF – 79

18. (18) Tennessee – 78

19. (16) Wake Forest – 75

20. (23) Miami (Fla.) – 55

T21. (22) California – 46

T21. (24) South Carolina – 46

23. (19) Arizona State – 36 

24. (NR) LSU – 35

25. (20) Texas A&M – 29 

Receiving Votes: Florida 25, Old Dominion 8, Baylor 6, Mississippi 6, Columbia 5, USC 3, Kansas 2, Oklahoma 2, Kentucky 1, Wisconsin 1

Dropped Out: Mississippi (25)

 

Note: The ITA men's and women's Top 25 polls are available here.

 

In addition to the polls above, each week this space will highlight the former and current American collegians in the ATP's and WTA's Top 300. The below reflects the rankings released on March 2, with current college players in bold.

 

ATP

No. 21 John Isner (Georgia)
No. 55 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee)
No. 75 Steve Johnson (USC)
No. 104 Marcos Giron (UCLA)
No. 126 Bradley Klahn (Stanford)
No. 144 JJ Wolf (Ohio State)
No. 185 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia)
No. 191 Maxime Cressy (UCLA)
No. 231 Chris Eubanks (Georgia Tech)
No. 250 Noah Rubin (Wake Forest)
No. 255 Brandon Nakashima (Virginia)
No. 272 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA)
No. 275 JC Aragone (Virginia)
No. 284 Jenson Brooksby (Baylor)

 

WTA

No. 47 Jennifer Brady (UCLA)
No. 50 Danielle Collins (Virginia)
No. 98 Kristie Ahn (Stanford)
No. 124 Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State)
No. 146 Nicole Gibbs (Stanford)
No. 191 Robin Anderson (UCLA)
No. 198 Danielle Lao (USC)
No. 257 Catherine Harrison (UCLA)
No. 282 Jamie Loeb (UNC)

 

(Photo courtesy of the University of Georgia)

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