College Tennis Circuit Report
It’s time once again to bring you bang up to date with all the latest news around the college tennis circuit. We will begin by reviewing recent matches and conclude by taking a look ahead to what will surely be some closely contested and hard fought college games between exceptionally talented young players. Don’t be surprised if you hear more about them on the professional circuit in a few year’s time.
College Tennis Review
Virginia men remain as the #1 college team in the nation following two important conference victories last week. Their ACC win streak stretches to an incredible 97 consecutive matches! North Carolina women are #1 in the United States despite a recent shock defeat to #27 ranked Virginia. It was their first loss in 18 months so it will take more than one blip to knock North Carolina women off their perch. In the men’s section, the top 5 is finished off with UCLA, USC, Georgia and Ohio State while in the women’s section, the top 5 is comprised of Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M and USC.
The competitive nature of college tennis in the men’s and women’s tournaments is well documented so we probably shouldn’t be amazed at the recent defeats for top ranked sides. The shock of the week in the men’s section was #32 ranked Auburn University taking the scalp of #14 Vanderbilt University by a 4-2 scoreline. We already mentioned the North Carolina upset in the women’s section but UCLA, who were ranked #4, lost to #13 ranked California and #14 ranked Stanford, defeats that cost them a place as UCLA is now ranked #5.
#22 ranked women’s team Arizona State Sun Devils hope to continue a 12 match winning streak but face a tough challenge with back-to-back matches against Top-12 ranked sides in the Pac-12 competition.
In the men’s section, #12 ranked Texas A&M are looking to get back to winning ways after 3 consecutive losses to top-5 opponents when they face #27 Auburn. There will also be an interesting border state rivalry match between #11 University of Oklahoma and #16 Texas. Both teams come into the game in high spirits after thrashing Rice last month. Texas have a huge 32-4 advantage in previous meetings but significantly, Oklahoma have won 3 of the last 4 under coach John Roddick. Expect a close contest that could end 4-3 either way.
This is just a fraction of what is in store in the world of college tennis in the next few days. It is a tournament that continues to produce upsets, top quality tennis and above all, excitement.
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