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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Wake Forest Men, North Carolina Women Remain No. 1 in ITA Team Rankings; Five American Women Qualify at Rancho Santa Fe $25K; Eight US Men Through to Delray Beach Second Round

The latest ITA Division I team and individual rankings were released today, and for the first time this year, the team rankings are done not by ballot, but by the computer.  The women's post-Team Indoor rankings last week were by ballot and pretty much adhered to the results from that tournament at the top, but the men's rankings don't look quite as neat.  Finalist UCLA moved up from 7 to 4, but Ohio State, whom the Bruins beat 4-1 in the quarterfinals, is ahead of them, while Stanford moved into the No. 2 spot, probably due to a win earlier this year over UCLA.  Columbia took a big jump, from tied for 14th to 8th.

Although Team Indoor champion North Carolina and finalist Pepperdine stayed at 1 and 2 in the women's rankings, the computer did produce some surprises, with Ole Miss moving to No. 3, and Illinois to No. 5, after being ranked tied for 24th in the last ballot.  The USTA poll doesn't come out until tomorrow, but I would be surprised to see either of those teams in the Top 5.

North Carolina sophomore Will Blumberg has reached the No. 1 singles ranking for the first time, while Anastasia Rychagova of Kansas returns to the top rankings in women's singles, which she reached at the end of the fall season.  Full rankings can be view by clicking on the heading below.

February 21, 2018

ITA Men’s Team (previous ranking of Feb. 7 in parentheses)

1. Wake Forest (1)
2. Stanford (5)
3. Ohio State (2)
4. UCLA (7)
5. Texas A&M (6)
6. North Carolina (3)
7. Illinois (10)
8. Columbia (T14)
9. USC (8)
10. Oklahoma State (9)

Men’s Singles: (previous ranking of February 7 in parentheses)

1. William Blumberg, North Carolina (4)
2. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (5)
3. Martin Redlicki, UCLA (1)
4. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (2)
5. Alex Knight, Michigan (3)
6. Petros Chrysochos, (6)
7. Victor Pham, Columbia (15)
8. Brandon Holt, USC (11)
9. Johannes Ingildsen, Florida (7)
10. Alfredo Perez, Florida (9)

Men’s Doubles:

1. Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez, Florida (2)
2. Petros Chrysochos and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (1)
3. Rodrigo Banzer and Leonardo Telles, Texas (4)
4. Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge, Wisconsin (3)
5. Will Little and Johannes Schretter, Baylor (12)

ITA Women’s Team: (previous ranking of Feb. 14 in parentheses)

1. North Carolina (1)
2. Pepperdine (2)
3. Mississippi (9)
4. Duke (4)
5. Illinois (T24)
6. Georgia (5)
7. Vanderbilt (3)
8. Texas Tech (8)
9. UCLA (10)
10. Wake Forest (11)

Women’s Singles: (previous ranking of February 7 in parentheses)

1. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas (2)
2. Andrea Lazaro, Florida International (3)
3. Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, Florida Atlantic (4)
4. Bianca Turati, Texas (1)
5. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt (5)
6. Katarina Jokic, Georgia (8)
7. Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech (13)
8. Alle Sanford, North Carolina (6)
9. Anna Danilina, Florida (7)
10.  Samantha Harris, Duke (9)

Women’s Doubles:

1. Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon, Stanford (6)
2. Erin Larner and Maddie Lipp, Northwestern (1)
3. Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke (2)
4. Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones, Georgia Tech (3)
5. Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara, UCLA (4)

The USTA Pro Circuit has moved from Arizona to Rancho Santa Fe California this week, with another women's $25,000 tournament now underway.  Qualifying was completed today, with five Americans--Pepperdine junior Ashley Lahey[16], Claire Liu[2], Ingrid Neel, Robin Anderson[8] and Lorraine Guillermo--advancing to the main draw.  Vanderbilt senior Astra Sharma of Australia also earned her way into the main draw, beating top qualifying seed Chiara Scholl 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1).

Wild cards in Rancho Santa Fe went to Vania King, Julia Elbaba, Allie Kiick and former UCLA star Pamela Montez, who hasn't played on the ITF Women's Circuit in 10 years.  Montez lost to Caroline Dolehide 6-3, 6-2.

Top seed Taylor Townsend lost today to Great Britain's Katie Boulter 6-3, 7-5.

Three young Americans qualified yesterday for the $25,000 ITF Women's Circuit event this week in Brazil: 16-year-old Alexa Ryngler, 17-year-old Elysia Bolton and 21-year-old Jessica Ho.  Ryngler and Ho dropped their first round matches today, but UCLA recruit Bolton picked up her first win above the $15,000 level today, beating fellow qualifier Carla Lucero of Argentina 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4) in three hours and seven minutes.  WTA No. 112 Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia is the top seed.

There are no men's USTA Pro Circuit events this week, but the ATP event in Delray Beach Florida has a host of Americans in the draw, with eight of them advancing to the second round:  Jack Sock[1], Reilly Opelka, John Isner[6], Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Jared Donaldson, Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe.  Opelka, a wild card, beat Ryan Harrison 7-6(5), 7-6(6) in one of two all-US first round matches. In the other, Fritz defeated No. 4 seed Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).