Intercollegiate Tennis Association Announces Division I Preseason Top 25

Jan. 7, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announces its Preseason Top 25 rankings. The Pac-10 Conference is represented by No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 12 STANFORD and No. 25 CALIFORNIA in the men's poll, while the women's Top 25 includes No. 2 California, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford, No. 10 USC and No. 21 ARIZONA STATE.

Rounding Out the Top 10: On the women's side, Northwestern is followed in the preseason rankings by (in order): California, UCLA, Baylor, Stanford, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Duke and USC. The Wildcats received 17 of 34 first-place votes, edging out defending national champions, UCLA, which received 14 first-place votes while California, Georgia and Duke earned one first-place vote each. For the men, following Ohio State is: Texas, Georgia, UCLA, Virginia, USC, Baylor, Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida. The Buckeyes claimed 17 of 33 first-place votes, followed by defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs and runner-up Texas who received 10 and four first-place votes, respectively. Also receiving two first-place votes were the UCLA Bruins.

Kicking Off 2009: The ITA is kicking off the 2009 season in grand fashion with the inaugural ITA Kick-Off Weekend. This unique event showcases the top 60 men's and women's varsity teams in the country squaring off at 15 campus sites each. The 15 men's and 15 women's teams to win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, February 13-16.

Mark Your Calendar: The ITA National Men's and Women's Team Indoor Championships will take place next month. The 22nd ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, February 13-16. The 35th ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Illinois at the Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago, February 13-16. The fifth-ranked Virginia men and No. 8 Georgia Tech women look to defend their crowns.

Next ITA Rankings: Weekly team rankings begin on Jan. 29. Singles and doubles rankings are published every other week starting Feb. 19.

Men's Tennis ITA Division I Preseason Top 25:

1. Ohio State University (17)
2. University of Texas at Austin (4)
3. University of Georgia (10)
4. UCLA (2)
5. University of Virginia
6. University of Southern California
7. Baylor University
8. University of Tennessee
9. University of Mississippi
10. University of Florida
11. Florida State University
12. Stanford
13. University of Tulsa
14. Pepperdine
15. University of Illinois
16. University of Michigan
17. University of Miami (Florida)
18. Texas A&M University
19. LSU
20. North Carolina
21. Texas Tech University
22. Oklahoma State University
23. University of Alabama
24. Rice University
25. California

Women's Tennis ITA Division I Preseason Top 25:

1. Northwestern University (17)
2. California (1)
3. UCLA (14)

4. Baylor University
5. Stanford
6. University of Georgia (1)
7. University of Florida
8. Georgia Tech
9. Duke University (1)
10. University of Southern California
11. Clemson University
12. Vanderbilt University
13. University of Miami (Florida)
14. University of Arkansas
15. Fresno State
16. University of Texas at Austin
17. University of Notre Dame
18. North Carolina
19. University of Michigan
20. Florida State University
21. Arizona State University
22. College of William & Mary
23. University of Kentucky
24. University of Tennessee
25. TCU

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