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Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25: February 2, 2022

Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25: February 2, 2022

It’s OK to be orange in the opening Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25 of 2022 poll, as Texas women and Tennessee men reign supreme after ITA kick-off weekend .

After a Final Four appearance in 2021, the Willing Men earned their first-ever No. 1 ranking in this poll, taking a 6-0 record in a big non-conference game against No. 6 Ohio State at Columbus Friday. The defending NCAA champions Longhorns are four points short of the vote total this week as they opened their title defense 3-0, yet to drop a point in singles or doubles action. this season.

The South is the region best represented in the men’s and women’s opening polls. The SEC leads all men’s teams with eight ranked in the Top 25, doubling the second-highest total of four for the ACC and Pac-12. The SEC and ACC are tied with six teams each ranked in the women’s poll.

Each team’s point total, specified below, is the sum of its USTA Voter Panel Ranking Points (listed below). Each voter ranked 25 teams from numbers 1 to 25, with the first-place team receiving 25 points and the last-place team receiving one. For control, each team’s highest and lowest peripheral ranking on the ballot was removed. Votes for first place were not counted. This week’s poll includes 17 votes, bringing the maximum number of points available to 375.

The 2022 Voting Committee includes votes from the following representatives: Casey Angle (former Intercollegiate Tennis Association Championships Director); Virgil Christian (former Director of College Tennis at the USTA); Richard Croome (former journalist); Sonny Dearth (Daily Press; Newport News, Virginia); Judy Dixon (former UMass women’s head coach); Alex Gruskin (cracked rackets); Chris Halioris/Matt Stachowiak (Cracked Rackets); J. Webb Horton (former Florida Gulf Coast Men’s Head Coach); Granger Hunter (Texas College Tennis); Andy Katz (NCAA.com); Bobby Knight (College tennis today); Brandon Moglen (string tennis); Lisa Stone (Ace of parenting); Caitlin Thompson (racket magazine); Scott Treibly (USTA contractor); Laura Vallverdu (Between the lines); Dallas Oliver/Shannon Wrege (Tennis Recruitment Network).

Visit the USTA Top 25 homepage for more information.

Men

Ranking (Final Ranking 2021) – Points

1. (3) Tennessee – 360

2. (2) Baylor- 349

3. (1) Florida – 346

4. (6) TCU-319

5. (5) Virginia – 309

6. (12) Ohio State – 298

7. (7) USC-274

8. (10) Georgia – 257

9. (4) Texas – 254

10. (11) Texas A&M – 238

11. (16) Wake Forest – 222

12. (18) Kentucky – 206

13. (13) South Carolina – 204

14. (T21) Stanford – 195

15. (19) Mississippi – 151

16. (9) North Carolina – 143

17. (14) Arizona – 140

18. (17) Michigan – 122

19. (20) Mississippi State – 83

20. (23) Pepperdine – 74

21. (NR) Harvard–52

22. (24) UCLA-49

23. (15) FCU – 39

24. (NR) Status NC – 38

25. (8) Ill. — 33

Receiving votes: Northwestern 25, Oklahoma 20, Duke 8, Memphis 8, Miami (Fla.) 6, Oregon 6, Columbia 5, Florida State 5, Notre Dame 4, Cornell 3, Arizona State 2, Georgia Tech 1, South Florida 1

Dropped: Arizona State (T21), Northwest (25)

Women

Ranking (Final Ranking 2021) – Points

1. (1) Texas – 371

2. (3) North Carolina – 349

3. (4) NC Status – 319

4. (2) Pepperdine – 317

5. (6) Georgia – 316

6. (13) California – 300

7. (T11) Virginia – 287

8. (7) Ohio State – 237

9. (24) Oklahoma – 227

10. (16) Texas A&M – 210

11. (20) Florida – 209

12. (21) USC-207

13. (9) Duke – 196

14. (17) Stanford – 155

15. (NR) Auburn – 140

16. (8) State of Florida – 125

17. (10) Michigan–121

18. (5) UCLA-114

19. (NI) Washington – 110

20. (NR) Former Dominion – 107

21. (T11) UCF – 85

22. (19) Tennessee – 70

23. (14) Baylor–62

24. (22) Miami (Florida) – 56

25. (NR) Mississippi – 40

Receiving votes: Georgia Tech 23, Loyola Marymount 15, Northwestern 15, Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 8, Oklahoma State 7, Texas Tech 5, Mississippi State 1

Withdrawn: Georgia Tech (15), Northwestern (18), LSU (23), Kentucky (25)

Pictured above: The Texas women’s team after a win at the 2021 NCAA Championships at the USTA National Campus.

Photo credit: Maunela Davis/USTA.