Fresh off an eventful first week of play, it is the Tennessee Volunteers taking over as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, receiving eight first-place votes from the ITA National Ranking Committee in the January 19 DI Men’s ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Going 3-0 on the week, the Volunteers capped off their impressive first week of play with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over TCU (previous No. 5) who was fresh off of a 4-3 victory over preseason No.1 Florida.
With the win over Florida, TCU jumps up to No. 3 in this week’s poll alongside the Gators (tied No. 3) who fall two spots after going 1-1 on the week, including a bounce-back win over previously third-ranked Texas on January 16.
Besides the shuffling at the top of this week’s DI Men’s ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll, the remainder of the field remained very consistent with the DI Men’s ITA Top 25 Preseason Poll as no new team’s made the jump into the rankings this week.
The SEC remains atop all conferences, having eight teams in the Top-25, twice as many as the next closest conference, the Big-12, which has four teams represented.
*The ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by the ITA National Ranking Committee. The National Ranking Committee is made up of the 12 ITA Region Chairs, with each chair casting an individual, secret ballot.
Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll
Others Receiving Votes (Alphabetical): Arizona State, Columbia, Cornell, NC State, Princeton, San Diego, Texas Tech