As one month of play officially comes to an end during the 2023 collegiate tennis spring season, some programs have begun to make their climb up the rankings, picking up some big Top 25 wins to bolster their resume.
After starting the year ranked No. 14 in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll, Wake Forest has shown that their climb into the Top Ten of the ITA Rankings was no fluke.
Beginning the season 8-0, the Demon Deacons already have two ranked wins and have recently secured their spot in the 2023 ITA Men’s National Team Indoor Championships.
For Cal, they begin the season outside of the Top 25 of the ITA Preseason Coaches Poll and have continued to impress to start the young season, climbing up to No. 20 in the latest ITA Rankings.
Falling to Florida State in their first match of the season, the Golden Bears were able to bounce right back, earning three straight wins, including a 4-3 win over No. 13 Stanford.
Jumping out to a quick 5-1 start to the season, Florida State has shown that they can be a serious contender this season, moving up four spots from the Jan. 4 ITA Preseason Rankings to the Feb. 1 ITA Rankings.
Building off of a strong fall campaign, the Seminoles started their season with road wins over Hawaii and Cal before taking on No. 7 Georgia in an early season showdown.
North Carolina is another team who has climbed up the rankings to start the season. With a 4-1 overall record on the year, the Tar Heels only blemish came against South Carolina who beat them 4-3 in an early season thriller.
Earning their spot into the upcoming ITA DI Men’s National Team Indoor Championships this past weekend, North Carolina took down Oklahoma State and a Top 15 Ranked Harvard team.
Finally, it is Middle Tennessee that has seen a jump in its ranking as well since the Jan. 4 Preseason release. As one of the top Non-Power Five programs in the nation last season, the Blue Raiders have continued to impress early this season.
After opening the season with a win over Michigan State, Middle Tennessee was able to secure their first Top 25 victory this past weekend during ITA Kickoff Weekend play when they handed Duke a 4-2 loss to advance to the Regional Championship.