No Changes at Top of ITA Rankings; Top-ranked Lauren Embree in College Spotlight; Magill Upsets Shishkina in Claremont ITF
The ITA team rankings showed no changes at No. 1 this week, with the Virginia men and North Carolina women staying at the top.
Virginia remains undefeated this year, while North Carolina's only loss was to No. 2 Florida. The men's rankings saw some shuffling of the Top 10, but the women's rankings are virtually unchanged from last year with Michigan and Miami changing positions at No. 9 and No. 10.
7. Ohio State
1. North Carolina
3. Texas A&M
The Texas College Tennis blog's ranking system has the same two teams at No. 1, but differs after that.
4. Ohio State
1. North Carolina
2. Texas A&M
All the men's Top 10 are the same, just in different order; the Cal women are the major variation between the two systems at the moment, with the Bears 13th in the ITA rankings. I prefer the TCT ranking system, as it seems to coincide better with my own sense of the teams' strengths, but I'm constantly revising my opinion based on the latest upsets, so that could change. Below is the ITA's list of Top 25 upsets from last week.
The first individual rankings in two weeks produced no changes, with Virginia's Alex Domijan and Florida's Lauren Embree remaining at No. 1. Domijan's teammate Jarmere Jenkins is now No. 2, followed by Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee and Peter Kobelt of Ohio State. Sabrina Santamaria of USC is No. 2 in the women's singles rankings, with Robin Anderson of UCLA and Zsofi Susanyi of Cal at 3 and 4. Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian continue to hold the top spot in the women's doubles rankings. Duke's Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler are No. 1 in the men's doubles rankings.
All women's rankings are available here; the men's rankings can be found here.
Embree was in the USTA's most recent college spotlight earlier this month. The senior from Marco Island, Fla. describes her typical day, and reveals what her plans are after graduation.
There was a major upset in the first round of the ITF Grade 4 in Claremont, Calif., on Monday, with Maia Magill defeating No. 2 seed Maria Shishkina of Kazakhstan 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-0. Top seed Gabby Andrews also was tested in the first round, but she survived wild card Yuki Chiang 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4. Half of the 16 girls seeds lost their first round matches.
Half of the boys seeds also went out in their first matches, with No. 3 seed Arkadijs Slobodkins of Latvian the highest seed to lose. He fell to Teague Hamilton 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Top seed Henrik Wiersholm, who has been out with an ankle injury recently, won his first round match, but defending champion Logan Smith, the No. 5 seed, fell to Spring National semifinalist Alexandru Gozun 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Qualifier William Griffith took out No. 4 seed Hei Li of Hong Kong 6-3, 6-3 and reigning USTA 14s champion Taylor Fritz beat No. 6 seed Carter Lin 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-1.
Complete draws can be found at the tournament site at usta.com.