Barry Claims No. 1-Ranking in Division II Women’s ITA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll


Fresh off taking home their fourth-straight NCAA Championship last spring, the Barry Buccaneers will enter the 2022 season as the unanimous No. 1, receiving all eight first-place votes in the January 20 Division II Women’s ITA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Returning nearly 90 percent of their win production from last season, the Bucs will be led by Deniz Khazan who won the ITA Cup Women’s Singles Title this past Fall and ranked atop the December 1 ITA Collegiate Tennis Division II Women’s National Rankings.

Academy of Art (No. 25) had the biggest rise in the Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, moving up eleven spots since the 2021 spring year-end rankings. Auburn Montgomery (No. 20) also sees a sharp rise in their ranking entering 2022, moving up seven spots since last year.

The Sunshine State Conference and the Pacific West Conference lead all conferences with four teams each in the Preseason Top-25. including five teams who rank within the Top-10.

*The ITA Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by the ITA National Ranking Committee. The National Ranking Committee is made up of the 8 ITA Region Chairs, with each chair casting an individual, secret ballot.

Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

1Barry University (8)
2Univ. of Indianapolis
3University Of Central Oklahoma
4Nova Southeastern University
5University of West Alabama
6Flagler College
T 7Columbus State University
T 7Azusa Pacific University
9Saint Leo University
T 10Univ. of West Florida
T 10Lynn University
12Wingate University
13Hawaii Pacific University
14St. Marys University (Texas)
15Angelo State University
16Augustana University
17Washburn University
18University of North Georgia
19Southwest Baptist University
20Auburn University Montgomery
21Ferris State University
22Midwestern State University
23Indiana University of Pennsylvania
24Biola University
25Academy of Art University

Others Receiving Votes (Alphabetical):Concordia University (Irvine), Dallas Baptist University, Drury University, Fresno Pacific University, Harding University, Northwest Missouri State, Queens University of Charlotte, Rollins College, University of Tampa, Univ. of Charleston (West Virginia)

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