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UNC Women’s Tennis is #1 in the Nation

After winning the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, the Tar Heels are atop the national rankings.

NCAA TENNIS: MAY 17 Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships Photo by Mary Holt/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Monday evening, the North Carolina Tar Heels captured the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago, beating now-2nd ranked UCLA in a 4-0 shutout. This was UNC’s 4th ITA Indoor victory, and its first since 2018.

Five Heels made the all-tournament team: Alexa Graham, Makenna Jones, Elizabeth Scotty, Cameron Morra, and the nation’s 4th-ranked singles player, Sara Daavettila. Daavettila didn’t even finish her match in the UCLA showdown before the overall game was called, so that shows you exactly how deep this Heels team goes.

With that victory and a 10-0 record to start the 2020 season, UNC is now the top-ranked team in the nation according to the Oracle/ITA rankings.

So far in this young season, Carolina has already defeated six teams that are currently ranked. These include:

  • #2 UCLA
  • #5 NC State
  • #6 Duke
  • #12 Michigan
  • #15 Vanderbilt
  • #18 Arizona State

Daavettila, unbelievably, is undefeated on the season in singles play. The Tar Heels face East Carolina and Charlotte this weekend. After those in-state opponents, conference play will begin with a trip to Florida for games against Miami and #4 Florida State.

Below are the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Team Rankings:

Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Team Rankings

Rank Average Team Previous Rank
Rank Average Team Previous Rank
1 84.25 University of North Carolina 1
2 73.244 Florida State University 4
3 70.951 University of Texas at Austin 7
4 62.619 NC State 5
5 62.195 Princeton University 9
6 60.854 Ohio State University 10
7 56.829 UCLA 2
8 56.488 University of Georgia 8
9 53.587 University of Virginia 13
10 53.023 Duke University 6
11 46.943 Georgia Tech 17
12 46.098 Stanford 3
13 40.476 Oklahoma State University 14
14 34.773 University of Central Florida 16
15 34.064 Pepperdine 11
16 33.75 University of Michigan 12
17 33.727 Vanderbilt University 15
18 32.325 Baylor University NR
19 28.214 Wake Forest University NR
20 26.922 University of Washington 23
21 26.837 University of Wisconsin, Madison NR
22 24.286 University of Southern California 19
23 24.22 Old Dominion University NR
24 23.778 Arizona State University 18
25 22.45 Syracuse University NR
26 22.167 University of Tennessee 22
27 21.898 University of Miami (Florida) NR
28 20.426 University of Mississippi NR
29 18.889 Texas A&M University 20
30 18.824 University of South Carolina 25
31 17.805 Auburn University NR
32 17.796 University of Notre Dame NR
33 17.17 University of Denver NR
34 16.744 Washington State University NR
35 16.122 Virginia Tech NR
36 15.283 University of Tulsa NR
37 15.115 Clemson University NR
38 15.06 University of Kentucky NR
39 13.941 Furman University NR
40 13.696 LSU NR
41 12.5 University of Florida 24
42 11.93 University of Kansas NR
43 10.918 Mississippi State University NR
44 10.87 Purdue University NR
45 10.738 California 21
46 9.756 Loyola Marymount University NR
47 8.667 University of Arkansas NR
48 8.352 East Carolina University NR
49 7.92 Boston College NR
50 7.75 Kansas State NR

Congratulations to these Tar Heels on their great start to the season!