How I Voted for the Inaugural USTA Top-25

I was thinking of posting my ballot yesterday, but wasn’t sure whether that would be frowned upon. But today, since Tennis Recruiting posted their on their new site, I decided it was time to go ahead and post my ballot.

I would like to point out that these first two weeks will be fairly scattered until we finally play the National Indoors. Many of the teams have played just a few matches and until we get some serious head-to-head action this weekend and next, we are all just putting names down on a list and trying our best to not include too much bias.

So with no further ado, here’s my women’s top 25.

1 Florida
2 North Carolina
3 Stanford
4 Ohio State
5 Pepperdine
6 Oklahoma State
7 Georgia
8 Cal
9 Vanderbilt
10 Duke
11 Georgia Tech
12 Auburn
13 Texas Tech
14 Michigan
15 Ole Miss
16 University of Southern California
17 Arizona State
18 Rice
20 Texas A&M
21 Northwestern
22 Texas
23 LSU
24 Miami
25 South Carolina

My biggest takeaway from looking at the poll was the fact that some may not have realized that Texas A&M lost to Rice. That’s not such a big deal, but something I recognized regionally. I am also going to be curious how folks treat Stanford or as my dad used to say, Leland Stanford Junior University. To which I would reply, ‘you went to a junior college’? They really do not play anyone until next weekend when they play Oklahoma State and Florida in The Sunshine State.

My men’s ballot

1 Virginia
2 Florida
3 Ohio State
4 Northwestern
5 Baylor
6 Wake Forest
8 Texas
9 Oklahoma State
10 Cal
11 North Carolina
12 Oklahoma
13 University of Southern California
14 Georgia
15 Kentucky
16 Mississippi State
17 SMU
18 Illinois
19 Georgia Tech
20 Mississippi
21 Oregon
22 Vanderbilt
23 TCU
24 Texas A&M
25 Old Dominion

As you can see, Oregon, which is on my ballot, did not make the top-25. This is because they throw out the top and bottom votes, meaning that you much be on at least three ballots to make the cut. Like the women’s poll, this should be more exciting next weekend as we head to the National Indoors.

For a link to the USTA Top-25, click here

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