In case you missed my tweets this afternoon, I have updated the rankings page found here. I have only updated some of the men’s locations that were troublesome and hope to update the women’s sometime soon.
If you don’t know what this page is, it projects the NEXT rankings, based on the most recent results and the current rankings. The rankings are not perfect (as I have not gone through and tried to figure out the entire unpublished 51-125), but they are getting better. I hope to publish a file this weekend that will bring them even closer to what is expected.
So yes, Ohio State will likely remain as the top-ranked team in the ITA Rankings next week. A couple of things COULD happen. First, Wake Forest travels to Austin to face Texas. Should the Demon Deacons beat Texas (at Caswell Tennis Center at 3 PM), they would become the top-ranked team. Of course that would not be definite because Ohio State hosts Notre Dame (won’t affect the rankings) on Friday and #5 Oklahoma on Sunday. Two wins and they would go back to the top spot.
Virginia has taken the route of playing ITF Futures matches across the country for the next few weeks. They really do not play the meat of their schedule until a bit later. In fact, their ACC schedule of UNC, Wake, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame are their only top-30 matches remaining.
AROUND THE STATE
A quick look at matches across the reaminder of the state this weekend has Baylor traveling to South Florida before heading to the West Coast for UCLA next weekend.
Texas A&M has a tough road trip ahead this weekend. The Aggies travel to Gainesville to face Florida on Friday and then up to play South Carolina. This will be an interesting test for a team that seems to be finding themselves. Deep down, 1-1 is a solid and expected result.
TCU just got a win over SMU tonight. The Horned Frogs will host Wake Forest on Sunday. The Horned Frogs are really tough at the top of the lineup and I will be excited to see how they fare against Wake’s bunch. I do think their depth is a liability, so they need to remain healthy for the long run.
Rice has Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian Friday before traveling to Austin (this time at Westwood Country Club at 3 P.M.).
Texas A&M Corpus Christi hosts the HEB Tournament of Champions this weekend. They will be hosting South Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, DePaul, New Mexico State, UTSA and UTRGV. This is a legendary tournament that is in its 51st edition.