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USTA College Tennis Top 25: March 21, 2018

March 21, 2018


Suffice to say Alex Rybakov has picked up where Cameron Norrie left off for the TCU men.

 

Rybakov, the junior and former top recruit from Coral Springs, Fla., led the Horned Frogs to three straight victories over ranked opponents in the last week (the USTA poll was turned in on Tuesday afternoon, prior to TCU's Tuesday-night matchup with Texas A&M), as TCU rose to No. 12 in the men's rankings on the heels of wins over Duke (4-0, at the USTA National Campus), Florida (4-3, in Gainesville) and Columbia (4-0, at home in Fort Worth). Rybakov, who has succeed the turned-pro Norrie as the Horned Frogs' primary No. 1 singles player, is now 8-1 in the position and has risen to No. 12 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's men's singles rankings.

 

In the women's poll, Mississippi State broke into the Top 25 and shook up the Top 5 with a 4-3 victory at Vanderbilt last Thursday. Georgia Tech rose up to No. 5 after rebounding from a 4-3 home loss to Miami with road wins against Cornell and Texas Tech in Lubbock, the latter of which was a dramatic, 4-3 win clinched by freshman Victoria Flores (Fort Dodge, Iowa).

 

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 is on Sunday, April 1, when the Florida and Texas women meet at 5 p.m. Each College MatchDay will air live on Tennis Channel this season. Find the full College MatchDay schedule and more at the USTA's College Tennis page.

 

USTA College Top 25 - Men

Rank (Last Week)

1. (1) Wake Forest – 225

2. (2) UCLA – 213

3. (3) Stanford – 207

4. (4) Texas A&M – 195

5. (5) Ohio State – 194

6. (6) North Carolina – 177

7. (7) USC – 164

8. (10) Illinois – 148

9. (11) Florida State – 145

10. (9) Texas – 140

11. (T14) Michigan – 134

12. (19) TCU – 120

13. (T14) Mississippi State – 115

14. (16) Florida – 105

15. (13) Baylor – 104

16. (8) Columbia – 84

17. (17) Oklahoma State – 82

18. (18) Oklahoma – 81

19. (12) Georgia – 79

20. (20) Vanderbilt – 57

21. (23) Memphis – 38

22. (21) Duke – 36

23. (22) Kentucky – 19

24. (24) Tulane – 18

25. (NR) California - 17

Receiving Votes: Tennessee 9.

Dropped Out: Notre Dame.

 

USTA College Top 25 - Women

Rank (Last Week)

1. (1) North Carolina – 225

2. (2) Pepperdine – 216

3. (4) Duke – 206

4. (3) Vanderbilt – 190

5. (7) Georgia Tech – 173

6. (6) Georgia – 170

7. (9) Oklahoma State – 166

8. (T11) South Carolina – 165

9. (5) Texas Tech – 163

10. (8) Florida – 139

11. (10) Stanford – 133

12. (13) Texas – 131

13. (T11) UCLA – 119

14. (14) Illinois – 111

15. (15) Northwestern – 100

16. (16) Auburn – 93

17. (17) Mississippi – 79

18. (18) Wake Forest – 75

19. (22) Miami (Fla.) – 65

20. (21) Princeton – 43

T21. (19) Kentucky – 28

T21. (25) Arizona State – 28

23. (NR) Mississippi State – 25

24. (20) Florida State – 23

25. (NR) Virginia - 10

Receiving Votes:  UCF 8, California 4, Kansas 3, LSU 3, Baylor 2, Nebraska 1, Ohio State 1, Texas A&M 1.

Dropped Out: Baylor, Nebraska.

 

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 and University of Texas Director of the Center for Research and Analytics); Randy Jenks (Universal Tennis Ratings); Bobby Knight (College Tennis Today); Dallas Oliver/Shannon Wrege (Tennis Recruiting Network); Michael Patrick (former University of Tennessee women’s head coach) and Lisa Stone (Parenting Aces).

 

Previous Top 25 polls:

March 14, 2018

March 7, 2018

Feb. 28, 2018

Feb. 21, 2018

Feb. 14, 2018

Feb. 7, 2018
Jan. 31, 2018

 

(Photo courtesy of the Texas Christian University)

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