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Stanford, Virginia, Open No. 1 in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings - Jan. 4

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Stanford, Virginia, Open No. 1 in Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings
Williams, Juricova top Singles; Texas A&M, Florida top Doubles

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Stanford, the most storied program in women's tennis history, which will also be hosting the NCAA Championships later this spring, nearly received an unanimous vote to return to the No. 1 spot in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. After clinching a dramatic 4-3 victory over No. 2 Florida in the national title match at the 2010 NCAA Women's Team title tilt, claiming its 16th NCAA championship and first since a dominant three-year title run ended in 2006, there is little doubt that the Cardinal will return as the favorites in 2011.

However, the consensus in the men's poll indicates a year-long battle for the coveted top spot as Virginia jumped two spots from its No. 3 finish in the final spring 2010 rankings, barely outnumbering the two-time defending USC Trojans for the first No. 1 ranking of 2011.

The UVA players had a very momentous fall during ITA National Championship play. For only the third time in the 32-year history and first time in two decades of the D'Novo/ITA Men's All-American Championships, one team advanced three different players into the singles quarterfinals, while also capturing the D'Novo/ITA Men's All-American Doubles title. The Cavs also had five players selected to participate in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, which was more than any other men's or women's participating squad. They will be challenged by a USC team looking to capture its third straight NCAA team title and record 18th of all-time.

Follow the Leader: For the men, following Virginia is (in order): USC, Tennessee, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA, Baylor, Stanford, Florida and Texas A&M. On the women's side, Stanford is followed by: Florida, Baylor, Notre Dame, UCLA, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan, Northwestern and California.

Conference Count: Men's Top 25: ACC - 6; Big 12 and SEC - 5; Pac-10 - 4; Big Ten - 3; Big East and West Coast - 1. Five different conferences placed at least one team in the top 10, with the Big 12 and Pac-10 leading the way with three teams each featured in the top 10 spots. Women's Top 25: ACC - 7; Pac-10 and SEC - 6; Big 10 - 3; Big 12 - 2; Big East - 1. Five different conferences also placed at least one team in the top 10, with the Pac-10 leading the way with three California teams included.

Twice as Nice: An incredible 16 schools have both their men's and women's programs ranked inside this week's top 25. This total exceeds all of the weeks recorded in last year's weekly Campbell/ITA Division I Team Rankings.


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