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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Stoiana and Spizzirri Remain No. 1 in Latest Division I Singles Rankings; Ohio State Unanimous No. 1 in Men's Poll; Urhobo and Zamarripa Take Out Top Seeds at Wesley Chapel W35; Frusina Advances at Sunrise $15K

The season's second Division I individual rankings were released today, with no changes in the No. 1 spots. Last fall's ITA All-American champions Mary Stoiana of Texas A&M and Eliot Spizzirri of Texas,  No. 1 three months ago when the last rankings were published, remain there. Fiona Crawley of North Carolina, who was not ranked at all in the November rankings, is up to 28 now, but is still behind four of her teammates. Below are the Top 10 in singles and the Top 5 teams in doubles; click on the headings to go to the full rankings, which extend to 125 in singles and 60 in doubles.

ITA Women's D-I Singles Top 10, February 7, 2024

1. Mary Stoiana, Texas A&M
2. Reese Brantmeier, North Carolina
3. Ayana Akli, South Carolina
4. Sarah Hamner, South Carolina
5. Ange Oby Kajuru, Oklahoma State
6. Savannah Broadus, Pepperdine
7. Anika Yarlagadda, North Carolina
8. Carson Tanguilig, North Carolina
9. Kari Miller, Michigan
10. Amelia Rajecki, NC State

ITA Women's D-I Doubles Top 5, February 7, 2024

1. Elizabeth Scotty and Reese Brantmeier, North Carolina
2. Alina Shcherbinina and Dana Guzman, Oklahoma
3. Mary Stoiana and Mia Kupres, Texas A&M
4. Janice Tjen and Savannah Broadus, Pepperdine
5. Jaedan Brown and Kari Miller, Michigan 

ITA Men's D-I Singles Top 10, February 7, 2024

1. Eliot Spizzirri, Texas
2. Micah Braswell, Texas
3. Oliver Tarvet, San Diego
4. Jack Pinnington Jones, TCU
5. Colton Smith, Arizona
6. Ozan Baris, Michigan State
7. JJ Tracy, Ohio State
8. Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc, Florida State
9. Johannus Monday, Tennessee
10. Murphy Cassone, Arizona State

ITA Men's D-I Doubles Top 5, February 7, 2024

1. Max Sheldon and Ozan Baris, Michigan State
2. Robert Cash and JJ Tracy, Ohio State
3. Hunter Heck and Karlis Ozolins, Illinois
4. Cooper Williams and Daniel Milavsky, Harvard
5. Eliot Spizzirri and Cleeve Harper, Texas

San Diego sophomore Oliver Tarvet, who has gotten wins over USC's Stefan Dostanic, Arizona's Colton Smith and Arizona State's Murphy Cassone in the past two weeks, has risen from No. 8 in November to No. 3 now. Florida State senior Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc, who didn't play in the fall, is undefeated so far in 2024 and is up to No. 8.

As I mentioned yesterday in conjunction with the Women's Team Indoor draws, there are no rankings this week for them, but there are men's team rankings, their last until after the Team Indoor Championships February 16-19. After all the chaos last week, little remained the same, although Ohio State did stay at number 1, while finally receiving all 13 first place votes after South Carolina's loss at home to NC State. Wake Forest and Harvard moved into the Top 10, Duke and Arizona dropped out. The full polling results of the Top 25 is here.

1. Ohio State[13] (1)
2. TCU (5)
3. Texas (4)
4. South Carolina (2)
5. USC (7)
6. Virginia (3)
7. Tennessee (6)
8. Harvard (12)
9. Wake Forest (13)
10. Columbia (9)

It was a tough day for the top seeds in the USTA women's Pro Circuit W35 in Wesley Chapel Florida, with No. 1 Louisa Chirico, No. 2. Maria Mateas(Duke) and No. 3 Grace Min all losing. Chirico and Mateas both lost to qualifiers, with 17-year-old Akasha Urhobo, who qualified and won a round at the W35 in Naples last month, defeating Mateas 6-4, 6-2 and 21-year-old Maribella Zamarripa(Texas) defeating Chirico 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 6-1. It's the first main draw win of the year on the Pro Circuit for Zamarripa, who lost in qualifying in her three other tournaments this year.

Urhobo will face Maria Kononova(North Texas) for the second time this year, having beaten the 26-year-old from Russia 7-5, 6-4 in the first round in Naples; her win over Mateas was her best win by ranking of her career, with Mateas's WTA ranking at 265. Zamarripa's second round opponent is former University of Georgia All-American Lea Ma, who is currently at 675 in the WTA rankings after eight months of Pro Circuit competition after leaving Georgia last spring.

At the men's USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 tournament in Sunrise Florida, 18-year-old Alex Frusina earned his second ATP point of the year with a 6-1, 6-3 win over qualifier Adam Jones of Great Britain. Frusina, who has signed with Auburn for this fall, finished his final year in ITF Junior competition at No. 20 in the rankings. He will face top seed Toby Kodat in the second round Thursday. Frusina is the only Junior Exempt entrant to advance, with Max Exsted and Matthew Forbes falling in their first round matches Tuesday.  Other Americans advancing to the second round are wild card Will Grant(Florida), Alex Rybakov[6](TCU), qualifier Evan Bynoe(Cornell), Bruno Kuzuhara[5], Harrison Adams(Texas A&M), qualifier Axel Nefve(Notre Dame/Florida) and wild card Henrik Wiersholm(Virginia).