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.

13. Boston College | 71.49

In 2009, Boston College reached a significant milestone in program history — their first national ranking. The Eagles were ranked No. 71. In conjunction with the entire Boston College athletic department, the tennis team was selected as the 2019 Community Service Award winners by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Fiesta Bowl.

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12. Louisville | 75.49

In 2014, Louisville’s Sebastian Stiefelmeyer made program history by becoming the first player to win the ITA All-American Singles Championship. Stiefelmeyer started in the qualifying draw and picked up nine straight wins en route to the championship. In addition to developing their players on the court, Louisville places a focus on academic success. The Cardinals had a 1000 APR score in 2020.

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11. Clemson | 75.68

The Clemson Tigers were dominant in the ACC from 1983-1989. The men’s program captured seven straight ACC titles during the period. During the last two decades, Clemson has reached as high as No. 5 (2006) in the national rankings.

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10. Miami | 77.30

The Miami Hurricanes have a history of success in men’s tennis. From 1957-1964, the Canes held a 137 game dual match winning streak. Miami has a history of producing great players. The program has produced 28 All-Americans (52 selections) and four NCAA Singles National Champions.

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9. Virginia Tech | 77.43

The Virginia Tech Hokies hold a record of 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In program history, they have had three players named All-Americans. Despite the unusual academic environment in the spring of 2020, the Hokies were named an ITA All-Academic team and set a new school record for a semester team GPA — 3.81.

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8. Georgia Tech | 77.43

Georgia Tech has had legendary players come through their program — two of which are Bryan Shelton and Kenny Thorne. Shelton, head coach of Florida men’s tennis, and Thorne, head coach of Georgia Tech men’s tennis, were both named ITA All-Americans in 1988. The Yellow Jackets have a total of 15 All-Americans in program history. In addition to their athletic success, Georgia Tech consistently places players on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list — six Yellow Jackets made the 2020 list.

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7. Florida State | 78.12

Since 1976, the Seminoles have made 22 NCAA Tournament appearances. Currently, the Seminoles have a 17 season streak of NCAA Tournament appearances. Former Florida State player Paul Haarhuis strung together the most successful professional career for the program. He played professionally for 15 years and won six Grand Slam doubles championships.

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6. Notre Dame | 78.27

In 1981, Notre Dame men’s tennis reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. The program ended the season ranked No. 6 in the country — the highest year-end ranking in program history. The Fighting Irish are also committed to serving their community. In 2006, the team was named to the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) honor roll for student-athletes and community outreach.

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5. North Carolina State | 78.71

Before the sudden end of the 2020 dual match season, the Wolfpack were on the rise. NC State had been ranked inside the Top 10 since February 5th. In that time, the team beat their program highest ranking five times ending at No. 6 in the Oracle ITA Rankings. The team was recognized for its excellent season by the NC State Athletic Department. They were awarded the Wolfie Award for the Team Performance of the Year.

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4. Duke | 78.73

Duke continues to be a program that develops their players on and off of the court. The program has produced 22 All-Americans — between the honorees there are 39 selections. Since the NCAA began measuring graduation rates in 1996, the Blue Devils’ graduation rate has never dropped below 96%.

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3. Virginia | 79.56

The Virginia Cavaliers are no stranger to success. The program has recently won four NCAA Team National Championships. In 2013, the Cavaliers secured won the championship and became the first ACC men’s tennis team to win a national championship. The team replicated their initial success and won three consecutive NCAA titles from 2015-2017. The program has produced 18 All-Americans (40 selections).

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2. Wake Forest | 81.65

In 2018, Wake Forest solidified itself among the best in men’s college tennis. The team hosted the NCAA Championships and proceeded to win the title. Additionally, two Demon Deacons faced each other in the NCAA Singles Championship match. Just two year earlier in 2016, Wake won the program’s first ACC team championship.

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1. North Carolina | 82.25

The UNC Tar Heels are headed up by legendary coach Sam Paul. He is the winningest coach in North Carolina men’s tennis history and has more wins than any other active ACC coach. Paul’s Tar Heels have become a team to reckon with in men’s tennis. In 2017, the Heels advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time. Most recently, UNC battled USC for the championship at the ITA Division I Men National Team Indoor Championship.

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UTR Top 10: ACC Men

  1. William Blumberg, UNC, 14.40
  2. Carl Soderlund, Virginia, 14.26
  3. Alexis Galarneau, NC State, 14.20
  4. Richard Ciamarra, Notre Dame, 13.98
  5. Benjamin Sigouin, UNC, 13.92
  6. Rinky Hijikata, UNC, 13.87
  7. Bar Botzer, Wake Forest, 13.78
  8. Henri Squire, Wake Forest, 13.74
  9. Luciano Tacchi, Wake Forest, 13.62
  10. Mitch Harper, Virginia Tech, 13.59

Interested in learning more about the teams in the ACC? Check out our Division I Men Teams page to connect with them on social media and learn more!


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