Saturday, March 14, 2020

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Women and Emory Men Top Division III Rankings; NAIA and NJCAA Yet to Cancel Spring Seasons

After the past three days of news of cancellations around the tennis world, there are many weeks of nothing ahead, but I'll get to what that means for this website in a day or two.  Yesterday, the ITA released the Division III men's and women's team rankings, which, unfortunately, will be the final Division III team rankings, with the NCAA canceling all spring sports championships.  Fortunately, all the National Team Indoor Championships were completed, and, as is the case with Division I teams, the winners of those ITA National Championships will end their seasons at the top of the rankings. In retrospect, it was fortunate that Division II held Team Indoor Championships for the first time this year, as that will be the only national competition they will have played this year.

Division III does not issue singles and doubles rankings during the dual match season, but I would hope the ITA would be able to provide those in the next few days, if there is enough data to support a ranking. The complete lists of the Top 40 are available by clicking on the links below.

ITA Division III Women’s Team, Top Ten, March 13, 2020

1. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2. Wesleyan
3. Emory
4. Middlebury
5. Carnegie Mellon
6. Pomona-Pitzer
7. Amherst
8. Chicago
9. MIT
10. Bowdoin

1 Emory University
2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 
3 Middlebury 
4 Chicago
5 Amherst 
6 Wesleyan 
7 Bowdoin 
8 Brandeis
9 Case Western Reserve 
10 Williams

The NAIA regional team and national singles and doubles rankings came out on Thursday, and when I looked to see if those would be final, I was interested to learn that, as of now, the spring sports season has yet to be officially canceled by the NAIA. (Winter championships have been canceled). The same goes for the National Junior College Athletic Association. From what I can gather, both the NAIA and the NJCAA have suspended competition until April 3, but have not made any determination regarding a cancellation of the season. 

Below are the Top 10 singles and double rankings for the NAIA:

1. Elyse Lavender, Brenau University (Ga.)
2. Maria Genovese, Georgia Gwinnett 
3. Madeline Bosnjak, Georgia Gwinnett
4. Tomomi Nagao, Cumberlands (Ky.)
5. Anais Gabriel, Keiser University
6. Priya Sukkahana, Savannah College Of Art & Design
7. Isidora Petkovic, Union College, Kentucky
8. Tereza Koplova, Georgia Gwinnett
9. Cade Pierson, Westmont College
10. Angela Charles-Alfred, Xavier University of Louisiana

1. Angela Charles-Alfred and Lailaa Bashir, Xavier University of Louisiana
2. Tereza Koplova and Madeline Bosnjak, Georgia Gwinnett
3. Anais Gabriel and Anais Ruyssen, Keiser University
4. Madelyn Bemisderfer and Elizabeth Bauss, Indiana Wesleyan
5. Sarah Urbanek and Nadine Geschke, San Diego Christian College

1. Max Bertimon, Georgia Gwinnett College
2. Jose Dugo, Georgia Gwinnett College
3. Federico Bonacia, Georgia Gwinnett College
4. Daniil Klimov, William Carey University
5. Martin Barbier, Cumberlands (Ky.)
6. Luke Simkiss, Keiser University
7. Santiago Perez, Xavier University of Louisiana
8. Christopher Papa, San Diego Christian College
9. Nick Nienhaus, San Diego Christian College
10. Yuri Syromolotov, Middle Georgia State University

1. Daniil Klimov and Dominik Fritsche, William Carey University
2. Federico Bonacia and Federico Herrera Duran, Georgia Gwinnett 
3. Ivan Smith and Christopher Papa, San Diego Christian College
4. Santiago Perez and Shaikh Abdullah, Xavier University of Louisiana
5. Niccolo Rossi and Nicola Wehrle, Cardinal Strich University