Cal Women Move to Top Spot in ITA DI Team Rankings; Di Lorenzo Rises to No. 1 in Singles Rankings; Carson Branstine and Hurricane Tyra Black Selected for BNP Paribas Showdown
As has been the case for as long as I can remember, the winner of the ITA Team Indoor Championships moves to the No.1 spot in the rankings that week. and this week is no exception, with the Cal women taking over the No. 1 spot from Vanderbilt. Because the computer rankings don't start until February 22nd this year, and are always at least a week after the Team Indoor, the coaches casting ballots can see to it that the indoor champion gets to No. 1. (Jonathan Kelley, who did such a great job covering the WTI for zootennis, has bestowed his awards from the weekend in Madison at his blog On The Rise).
The Florida, Stanford and USC women elected to skip the Team Indoor this year, a frequent choice for the first two, but not for USC, which has always played previously. USC travelled to Gainesville over the weekend and lost to Florida 7-0 and fell from No. 4 to No. 11 in the process. Ohio State moved from 16 to 6 after beating Vanderbilt, which fell all the way to No. 5. Texas A&M, who was surprisingly seeded in Madison based on last week's unpublished rankings, went 1-2 on the weekend and fell to 16.