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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Redlicki, Turati No. 1 in Latest ITA D-I Singles Rankings; Vanderbilt Women Take Over Team Top Spot; Women's Team Indoor Draw Revealed; Osuigwe Featured on Trans World Sport

The ITA released its first individual Division I rankings since November, with Martin Redlicki of UCLA continuing to hold the men's top spot, while Bianca Turati of Texas has moved to No. 1 in the women's singles rankings.  Aswin Lizen of Virginia and Guy Iradukunda of Florida State made substantial jumps with their results early this dual match season.


The men's singles Top 10, with November 15 ranking in parentheses:
1. Martin Redlicki, UCLA (1)
2. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (3)
3. Alex Knight, Michigan (9)
4. William Blumberg, North Carolina (2)
5. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (5)
6. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (4)
7. Johannes Ingildsen, Florida (7)
8. Guy Iradukunda, Florida State (22)
9. Alfredo Perez, Florida (8)
10. Aswin Lizen, Virginia (40)

The men's doubles Top 5:
1. Petros Chrysochos and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (4)
2. Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez, Florida (1)
3. Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge, Wisconsin (9)
4. Rodrigo Banzer and Leonardo Telles, Texas (5)
5. Duarte Vale and McClain Kessler, Florida (10)

The women's singles Top 10, with November 15 ranking in parentheses:

1. Bianca Turati, Texas (10)
2. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas (1)
3. Andrea Lazaro, Florida International (3)
4. Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, Florida Atlantic (2)
5. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt (4)
6. Alle Sanford, North Carolina (9)
7. Anna Danilina, Florida (8)
8. Katarina Jokic, Georgia (12)
9. Samantha Harris, Duke (7)
10. Makenna Jones, North Carolina (11)

The women's doubles Top 5:
1. Erin Larner and Maddie Lipp, Northwestern (4)
2. Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke (2)
3. Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones, Georgia Tech (5)
4. Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara, UCLA (7)
5. Samantha Harris and Kelly Chen, Duke (1)

With the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championships beginning Friday in Madison, Wisconsin, there are no ITA rankings released this week, but from the seedings announced yesterday, the rankings are obvious.  Previously ranked third, Florida, who lost 4-1 to Florida State on Saturday, barely managed a seed, coming in at No. 8, and that due to Stanford not participating in the Team Indoor.  Florida's Brooke Austin has not played in any of Florida's three dual matches this season. Vanderbilt is the No. 1 seed in Madison after beating Baylor and Stanford last weekend.  The USTA's rankings, which is a weekly poll of college tennis experts (I do not participate), were released today.

USTA women’s Top 10, with previous week's ranking in parentheses:

1. Vanderbilt (2)
2. Georgia (4)
3. North Carolina (5)
4. Pepperdine (6)
5. Stanford (1)
6. Texas Tech (7)
7. Georgia Tech (8)
8. Duke (9)
9. Florida (3)
10.UCLA (14)

Seeding for ITA Women’s Team Indoor:
1. Vanderbilt
2. Georgia
3. North Carolina
4. Pepperdine
5. Georgia Tech
6. Texas Tech
7. Duke
8. Florida

The first round matches Friday at the Women's Team Indoor:

9:00 a.m.:
No. 2 Georgia v Texas
No. 7 Duke v South Carolina

noon:
No. 3 North Carolina v Ole Miss
No. 6 Texas Tech v UCLA

3:30 p.m.:
No. 4 Pepperdine v Auburn
No. 5 Georgia Tech v Michigan

6:30 p.m.:
No. 1 Vanderbilt v Wake Forest
No. 8 Florida v Wisconsin

The men's Team Indoor is next weekend in Seattle, so both set of rankings are below.  Stanford, who picked up wins over USC and UCLA over the weekend has jumped ahead of both Pac-12 rivals to No. 5.

1. Wake Forest (1)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. North Carolina (3)
4. Georgia(4)
5. Stanford (10)
6. Texas A&M (7)
7. UCLA (6)
8. USC (5)
9. Oklahoma State (11)
10.Illinois (12)

1. Ohio State (1)
2. North Carolina (2)
3. Wake Forest (3)
4. Georgia (4)
5. Stanford (10)
6. Texas A&M (7)
7. USC (5)
8. UCLA (6)
9. Illinois (12)
10.Oklahoma State (11)

During the Eddie Herr back in November, a film crew was following IMG Academy's Whitney Osuigwe, for a Trans World Sport feature.  Now available on YouTube, the eight-minute segment looks at the role Osguiwe's father, a coach at the Academy, has played in her rise to the top of junior tennis, and reveals Osuigwe's goals for her pro career.  

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