In conjunction with UTR, the ITA is highlighting conferences around the nation and the teams within them. Teams are ranked based on their UTR Power 6 from lowest to highest.
What is the Power 6?
“Power 6 is a metric created and developed by UTR to measure the strength of a College team. It is calculated by adding up the individual UTRs of the top-6 players on a team and then rounding the sum to the nearest integer.” -UTR
Learn more about UTR Power 6 here.
11. Connecticut | 51.49
The UConn Huskies pride themselves on succeeding on and off of the court. Since 2008, the women’s tennis program has been honored by the NCAA with the APR Recognition Award. Following the 2017-2018 season, the Huskies received their highest national team ranking. They came in at No. 85 in the Oracle ITA National Team Rankings.
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10. Temple | 56.17
In addition to racking up victories on the court, the Temple Owls flex their muscle in the classroom. In 2020, the women’s tennis program was recognized for the 6th straight year in the NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards. The ITA also honored five Temple players in 2020 with the ITA Scholar-Athlete award.
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9. Cincinnati | 56.74
The American Athletic Conference has recognized Cincinnati for their academic excellence time after time. The Bearcats are multiple time winners of the AAC Academic Excellence Award. On the court, the Bearcats put together their best dual match season in 2017. The program record for single-season dual match wins stands at 17.
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8. South Florida | 57.74
Since the creation of the USF women’s tennis program in 1966, the Bulls have made 11 NCAA team tournament appearances and have won 13 conference championship titles. Under Head Coach Cristina Moros, the Bulls have been recognize multiple times by the ITA for their community service efforts. Most recently, they were awarded with the ITA Southeast Region Community Service Award.
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7. Wichita State | 57.91
Under Coach Colin Foster the Wichita State Shockers have thrived. He holds a 188-81 coaching record over the 11 years he has spent at the helm of the program. His record makes him the winningest coach in program history. During the 2018 NCAA Team Championship, the Shockers won their first round match — the first NCAA Tournament victory for the program since 2007.
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6. Tulane | 59.02
The Tulane Green Wave dominated from 2001-2005. The program racked up four conference championships during that time. However most recently, the women’s program was being recognized for their time off the court. They were selected as an honorable mention for the ITA Central Region Community Service award.
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5. Houston | 59.68
The University of Houston women’s tennis team played its first season in 1977-78. Since then the team has made five NCAA Team Championships appearances. In 2019, one of their star players, Stephanie Belovukovic, was recognized by the Houston Athletic Department for her stellar play. She was named as the Female Rookie of the Year.
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4. Memphis | 59.77
One word to describe the Memphis women’s tennis program in the classroom? Consistent. In 2020, the Tigers were named an ITA All-Academic team for the 11th consecutive season and the 14th in program history. In 2015, Coach Perez coached doubles duo Alyssa Hibberd and Anki Wind to the NCAA Doubles Tournament — the duo became the first doubles team in program history to make a NCAA appearance.
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3. Tulsa | 61.16
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane has experience winning conference championships. In program history, Tulsa has won eight conference titles. The program’s highest ranking came in 2014 under Coach Dean Orford. The Golden Hurricane reached No. 17 in the Oracle ITA National Team Rankings.
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2. SMU | 61.38
Led by Coach Jeff Nevolo, the SMU Mustangs were recognized for their commitment to academics by the NCAA. In 2019, the Mustangs received a public recognition award for their program’s multi-year APR. The furthest the Mustangs have reached in the NCAA Team Championships is the final — a feat that they have accomplished in both 1978 and 1987.
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1. Central Florida | 64.13
The 2019-2020 UCF season was highlighted by standout doubles pair Rebeka Stolmar and Marie Mattel. The pair became the first ever ITA All-Americans in program history. The Knights reached as high as No. 12 in the Oracle ITA National Team Rankings in 2020. They have made six NCAA Team Championships appearances in program history.
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UTR Top 10: AAC Women
- Evgeniya Levashova, UCF, 11.43
- Martina Okalova, Tulsa, 10.69
- Marie Mattel, UCF, 10.68
- Nandini Sharma, UCF, 10.67
- Valeriya Zeleva, UCF, 10.52
- Jackie Nylander, SMU, 10.51
- Hadley Doyle, SMU, 10.50
- Laura Slisane, Houston, 10.48
- Chandler Carter, SMU, 10.46
- Rebeka Stolmar, UCF, 10.44
Interested in learning more about the teams in the AAC? Check out our Division I Women Teams page to connect with them on social media and learn more!