The Illinois men''s tennis team isn''t the only top-ranked squad on campus. Yoshi Hayasaki''s men''s gymnastics team joined Craig Tiley''s group on Monday as No. 1 in the nation.
The GymInfo top ranking is the first for the Illini men since 1989, when they won Big Ten and NCAA titles. Illinois will host both events this year.
Illinois rose from No. 3 after posting the nation''s top score this season during a 221.575-211.375 victory against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at Huff Hall.
The rankings are based on season average, and Illini leads with 217.335 points. No. 2 California is next with a 217.000 average.
The Illini''s point total on Saturday set a school record under the international scoring system adopted by the NCAA in 2001. Illinois has broken its school scoring mark under the new rules each of its past three meets.
The Illini also have one top-ranked individual this week. Junior Ben Newman leads the nation in the pommel horse with a 9.740 average. Teammate Justin Spring ranks third in floor exercise at 9.335.
As a team, Illinois ranks second in three events: floor exercise, pommel horse and parallel bars.