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Oklahoma New #1 in the Coaches Poll
Tuesday, 02/17/2015
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The February 17th CTO/MDTA Division 1 Men’s Coaches Poll is out and as expected the NEW #1 is the National Team Indoor Champion Oklahoma Sooners.  The John Roddick coached team improved to 10-0 on the year by knocking off 3 top 10 teams (USC, Baylor, North Carolina) in route to the program’s 1st ever-National Championship.  The Sooners won’t get much time to celebrate as they face a pair of top 15 opponents this weekend with a Friday trip to College Station to play #11 Texas A&M before hosting #10 North Carolina on Sunday. 


USC (9-1) comes in at #2 this week after falling to Oklahoma 4-2 in the NTI Finals.  The weekend in Chicago wasn’t a total loss for USC as they defeated a pair of Top 10 teams in Ohio State and Georgia both by a 4-1 score.  Peter Smith’s Trojans have the next week and a half off and will be back in action on February 27th as they host Stanford (Pac 12 Network) and then the next day they host Tulsa. 

Baylor (6-2) rises up to #3 after going 2-1 in Chicago with a 4-3 win over Virginia and a 4-1 win over Duke before falling to eventual National Champion Oklahoma 4-2.  Matt Knoll’s Bears return to action this weekend with home matches against Purdue (Friday) and UCLA (Sunday).  The weekend after that Baylor hosts Virginia on March 1st.  

Georgia (6-2) comes in at #4 after going 2-1 during the NTIs.  Manny Diaz’s Bulldogs knocked off Columbia 4-3 and Illinois 4-2 before falling to eventual runner-up USC 4-1.  The Bulldogs will host Furman this Friday and then they’ll open up play in the SEC the following weekend with road tilts against Florida and Auburn. 

Virginia (7-1) drops down to #5 after going 2-1 during the NTIs.  Brian Boland’s Cavaliers opened up the weekend with a 4-0 win over TCU before falling to Baylor 4-3 and then finished things off on Sunday with a 4-0 win over North Carolina.  Virginia will be idle until March 1st when they visit Waco to play Baylor. 
Illinois (8-2), Duke (11-1), Ohio State (10-3), Texas (9-1) and North Carolina (9-3) come in at 6-10.  Texas A&M (2-1), UCLA (6-4), Columbia (3-2), California (7-2), and Ole Miss (5-2) are 11-15.  TCU (5-3), Wake Forest (5-2), Notre Dame (6-1), Florida (5-2), and Vanderbilt (7-2) are 16-20.  Mississippi State (7-2), Oklahoma State (7-2), Penn State (3-5), Tennessee (6-4), and Northwestern (6-4) round out the final 5 spots. 

Also receiving votes but not garnering enough to make this week’s Top 25 are Memphis, South Carolina, South Florida, North Carolina State, and Harvard. 

The MDTA (Men’s Division 1 Tennis Association) was formed 2013 to provide a forum for Men’s D1 Coaches to discuss issues that are unique and special to Division 1 Men’s Tennis; for more information about the MDTA you can visit their website at .  All Division I Men’s Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are eligible to vote in the poll.