North Carolina Women Move to Top of ITA Campbell Rankings; Vankova to SMU; USTA Junior Girls Play Miami; Devvarman and Mladenovic Sign with Lagardère
Another round of team rankings was released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and Notre Dame's win over Northwestern caused a shakeup in the women's standings, with North Carolina taking over the top spot from the Wildcats. Northwestern fell to No. 2, followed by Cal, UCLA and Baylor. Notre Dame rose from the 17th spot to 7th. Tennessee fell out of the top 10 after a loss to Indiana over the weekend. The Ohio State women have moved up to 17th and they will have a big test on Wednesday, when they travel to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish.
There was little change in the men's rankings, with Virginia retaining the top spot, followed by Tennessee, Ohio State, Texas and USC. Stanford's loss to Cal dropped them from 8th to 14th, while Cal vaulted from 27th to 15th. Oklahoma also posted a big gain. After a win over Alabama, John Roddick's Sooners went from 44th to 26th.
For the complete rankings, see the ITA website.
In men's action tonight, Virginia again lost the doubles point, this time to Virginia Tech, but won all six singles matches to defeat the No. 18 Hokies.
In a big rivalry match on the women's side tonight, No. 9 Florida shut out No. 15 Florida State in Gainesville.
The SMU women have added Katerina Vankova of the Czech Republic to their roster, a former top 10 ITF junior. The 20-year-old lefty, who reached a career-high 339 in the WTA rankings two years ago, played in the No. 3 position for the 21st-ranked Mustangs in their shutout of No. 32 TCU last week. It's obviously been a couple of years since I've seen her play, but she is very good, and once she adjusts to college, she has the talent to play at the very top of the lineup.
A USTA junior girls team will be playing the University of Miami women at 1:15 tomorrow afternoon in Coral Gables. I'll have more about the match in Wednesday evening's post.
And finally, the sports management company Lagardere has announced the signings of former NCAA champion Somdev Devvarman of India and 2009 World Junior Champion Kristina Mladenovic of France. Andy Roddick and Justine Henin are clients, as are many other prominent professional players, as you can see from this page of signing announcements.