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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cal Women, North Carolina Men Stay No. 1 in First Computer Rankings; Crawford, Strode Earn First ATP Points, Kypson Wins to Face Rubin in Plantation; Liu, Bellis Advance in Rancho Santa Fe

The ITA released the Division I dual match rankings yesterday, the first set of team rankings generated by the computer rather than a poll. The Cal women and North Carolina men, who won the Team Indoor championships, remained at No. 1, but there were significant changes elsewhere, especially on the women's side.

The Ohio State women moved from 5 to 2, and Michigan, who beat North Carolina last weekend, rose to 3 from 8. Florida, still undefeated, dropped from 3 to 7. The Gators will play Cal in Berkeley on Friday, a non-conference blockbuster that's particularly important for Florida, who did not play the Team Indoor, denying themselves that opportunity for highly ranked wins.

Ohio State freshman Francesca Di Lorenzo remained No. 1 in the singles rankings and Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay of North Carolina continued to top the doubles rankings.

The links in the headers below will direct you to the ITA rankings page.

WOMEN

Feb 23                                         Feb 17
1
    Cal
                          1
2
    Ohio State
                          5
3
    Michigan
                          8
4
    Vanderbilt
                          6
5
    Georgia
                          4
6
    North Carolina
                          2
7
    Florida
                          3
8
    Texas Tech
                         10
9
    Duke 
                          7
10
    Pepperdine
                        T15

Women Top 10 singles:
1. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
2. Hayley Carter, North Carolina
3. Danielle Collins, Virginia
4. Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
5. Klara Fabikova, Cal
6. Belinda Woolcock, Florida
7. Sinead Lohan, Miami
8. Stephanie Wagner, Miami
9. Breaunna Addison, Texas
10. Maegan Manasse, Cal

Women Top 5 doubles:
1. Whitney Kay and Hayley Carter, North Carolina
2. Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky
3. Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle, Stanford
4. Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase, Ohio State
5. Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips, UCLA

In the men's team rankings, No. 1 and No. 2 are the same, with Ohio State moving up to 3, and Texas Tech from 10 to 6, a new program high. Oklahoma State has moved into the Top 10, jumping from 15 to 9.

MEN:
Feb 23                                         Feb 17
1
    North Carolina
                          1
2
    Virginia
                          2
3
    Ohio State
                          6
4
    UCLA
                          4
5
    Wake Forest    
                          5
6
    Texas Tech
                         10
7
    Texas A&M
                          7
8
    TCU
                          3
9
    Oklahoma State
                         15
10
    Oklahoma
                          8

Dominik Koepfer of Tulane remains No. 1 in singles, and Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo of Florida held on to the top spot in doubles.
Northwestern's Konrad Zieba moved into the Top 10, and North Carolina's Ronnie Schneider jumped from 23 to 10. The top ten represent 10 different schools this week.

Men Top 10 singles:
1. Dominik Koepfer, Tulane
2. Cameron Norrie, TCU
3. Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia
4. Tom Fawcett, Stanford
5. Roberto Cid, South Florida
6. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
7. Andre Goransson, Cal
8. Konrad Zieba, Northwestern
9. Aleks Vukic, Illinois
10. Ronnie Schneider, North Carolina

Men Top 5 doubles:
1. Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo, Florida
2. Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares, Texas Tech
3. Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki, UCLA
4. Brett Clark and Robert Kelly, North Carolina
5. Ben Wagland and Austin Smith, Georgia

Bobby Knight has more details on this week's rankings at College Tennis Today.

The good news for Ohio State didn't end with the release of the rankings, with both their men's and women's teams now Top 3 and Di Lorenzo No. 1 in the singles rankings.

The United States Davis Cup team was announced yesterday, and former Buckeyes Connor Smith and Peter Kobelt have been selected as practice partners for the upcoming tie with Australia.  John Isner, Jack Sock and the Bryan twins will compete against Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth and former Baylor star John Peers on Kooyong's grass courts March 4-6.  The complete release on the US team is available here.

I'm home now from my trip to the $10,000 Plantation Futures, where today two American teens emerged with their first ATP points. Qualifier Oliver Crawford, 16, defeated 28-year-old German Peter Torebko, ATP No. 356, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(3) to earn his first point, while 18-year-old wild card Isaiah Strode claimed his first ATP point with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win over qualifier Gonzales Austin. While Crawford was successful in winning a main draw match in his fifth tournament, all this year, Strode broke through in his 29th Futures tournament. Strode will play Andrea Collarini of Argentina in the second round Thursday. Crawford faces No. 5 seed Jonathan Eysseric of France.


Kalamazoo 16s champion Patrick Kypson secured his first ATP point last November in Niceville, Florida, coming through qualifying at his first Futures tournament, then winning a round.  He earned his second point today, beating ATP No. 389 Patricio Heras of Argentina 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Kypson led 3-0 in the third set on Tuesday when the match was suspended due to rain, but the 16-year-old was able to close the deal today.   Next up for Kypson is a fellow Kalamazoo champion, No. 2 seed Noah Rubin, who won the 18s in 2014.  Rubin defeated Orange Bowl champion Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-1 in the first round on Tuesday. Wild card Wil Spencer and Alex Kuznetsov are the other two Americans who advanced to the second round with wins today.

Results were not as notable for the US qualifiers in the first round of the $25,000 Rancho Santa Fe women's tournament, with Maria Mateas, Carson Branstine, Michaela Gordon and Alexa Graham all falling in their first round matches.  Mateas lost to fellow teen Raveena Kinsgley, while Gordon, Branstine and Graham lost to veterans Mandy Minella(LUX), Asia Muhammad and Vania King respectively.  Claire Liu was the sole American teen qualifier to advance to the second round, beating Basak Eraydin of Turkey 7-6(3), 6-3.  Liu had lost to Eraydin in three sets last week in the second round at the Surprise, Arizona $25K.

CiCi Bellis, a finalist last week in Surprise, is through to the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over wild card Jacqueline Cako. 

1 comments:

Turkey Rubin said...

For all you Rubin fans out there…latest from Plantation Futures…Rubin defeats Kypson…5-7,7-5,6-3. advances to quarters