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USTA College Tennis Top 25: Feb. 21, 2018

February 21, 2018


After several weeks of upheaval atop the women's side of USTA College Tennis Top 25 poll, the wake – and in this case, Wake – has rippled through the top of the men's rankings.

 

Wake Forest is the new men's No. 1, after the Demon Deacons won their program's first ITA National Team Indoor Championship, running through a California gauntlet of USC, Stanford and UCLA to claim their maiden ITA Team Indoor crown. UCLA, which defeated previous No. 1 Ohio State and Texas A&M to reach the final, jumped six spots to No. 2, and the Buckeyes settled in at No. 3.

 

The top of the women's poll stabilized somewhat in the week following their ITA Indoor Championships. The biggest jump of the week came from Texas, which leapt from No. 19 to No. 12 on the heels of an emphatic 6-1 win over South Florida, led by Italian sophomore Bianca Turati, the ITA's No. 4-ranked singles player in the nation.

 

With eight women's teams and six men's teams ranked, the SEC leads both polls. The ACC is second on both sides, with five teams ranked in both the men's and women's polls.

 

Each team's point total, specified below, is the sum of its ranking points from the USTA's panel of 11 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 225. First-place votes were not tallied.

 

The next College MatchDay at the USTA National Campus will feature No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 22 Oklahoma men on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. ET, which will air live on Tennis Channel. Find the full College MatchDay schedule and more at the USTA's College Tennis page.

 

USTA College Top 25 - Men
Rank (Last Week)

1. (3) Wake Forest – 225

2. (8) UCLA – 208

3. (1) Ohio State – 206

4. (T4) Stanford – 197

5. (6) Texas A&M – 188

6. (2) North Carolina – 184

7. (7) USC – 176

8. (T4) Georgia – 163

9. (9) Illinois – 149

10. (11) Columbia – 147

11. (10) Oklahoma State – 131

12. (13) Florida State – 112

13. (12) Florida – 110

14. (14) Baylor – 107

15. (15) Texas – 103

16. (17) Michigan – 85

17. (18) TCU – 78

18. (19) Mississippi State – 70

19. (20) Duke – 62

20. (16) Notre Dame – 53

21. (22) Mississippi – 44

22. (21) Oklahoma – 43

23. (23) Tulane – 30

T24. (24) Vanderbilt – 10

T24. (NR) Dartmouth - 10

Receiving Votes: Tennessee 7, Alabama 2, NC State 1, South Carolina 1, Texas Tech 1.

Dropped Out: Tennessee.

 

USTA College Top 25 - Women

Rank (Last Week)

1. (1) North Carolina – 225

2. (2) Pepperdine – 216

3. (3) Vanderbilt – 205

4. (5) Duke – 193

5. (4) Georgia – 192

6. (8) Georgia Tech – 176

7. (7) Texas Tech- 174

8. (10) Mississippi – 158

T9. (6) Stanford – 138

T9. (12) Oklahoma State – 138

11. (11) UCLA – 137

12. (19) Texas – 109

13. (14) South Carolina – 107

T14. (13) Florida – 100

T14. (16) Auburn – 100

16. (9) Wake Forest – 95

17. (17) California – 91

18. (18) Ohio State – 71

19. (20) Florida State – 66

20. (21) Illinois – 55

21. (15) Michigan – 52

22. (23) Arizona State – 42

23. (NR) Kentucky – 15

24. (NR) LSU – 7

25. (24) Princeton – 5

Receiving Votes: Texas A&M 4, UCF 4, Washington 4, Rice 3, Northwestern2, Tennessee 2, Virginia Tech 2.

Dropped Out: Texas A&M, Washington.

 

Voting Panel: Casey Angle (former Intercollegiate Tennis Association Director of Championships); Jordan Bishop (The News Press; Stillwater, Okla.); Virgil Christian (USTA Collegiate Tennis); Richard Croome (The Eagle; Bryan, Texas); Sonny Dearth (Daily Press; Newport News, Va.); Granger Huntress (Texas College Tennis); Randy Jenks (Universal Tennis Ratings); Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today); Dallas Oliver (Tennis Recruiting Network); Michael Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s head coach) and Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces).

 

Previous Top 25 polls:

Feb. 14, 2018

Feb. 7, 2018
Jan. 31, 2018


(Photo courtesy of Wake Forest University)

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