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2014 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes
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On Monday, the Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire published its list of the top men's mid-major recruiting classes. Today, we take a look at the women.

Almost 900 girls have reported their commitments at TennisRecruiting.net, and the bulk of these commitments have been to schools outside the so-called "high major" conferences that get automatic bids to the College Football Playoff. In tennis, we consider the high majors to be the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC - as well as the Ivy League.

The rankings in this article include all teams outside of those conferences.

 

Top 25 Mid-Major Women's Recruiting Classes (through May 17)

The Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire are excited to present the Top 25 Mid-Major Women's Recruiting Classes for 2014. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 17, 2014. As is our policy, these rankings do not consider incoming transfer students.

So here they are - the Top 25...

 
Rank School Rating  Name State  Info
1 Rice Lindsey Hodge GA
    Savannah Durkin FL
2 Florida Intl Monika Stanikova SVK
    Andrea Lazaro Garcia ESP
    Nerma Caluk BIH
3 Tulane Naz Karagoz TUR
    Vanessa Nommensen CA
    Zoe Gaber LA
4 Stetson Alizee Michaud FL
    Ashley Dean FL
    Arijana Korach SWE
5 St. Mary's (CA) Emma Critser CA
    Kareena Manji CA
6 Houston Mina Markovic SCG
    Angela Lorenzo Garrido ESP
    Carolina Costamagna ARG
7 Miami (OH) Erin Rodriguez FL
    Hannah Shteyn NY
8 Emory Anita Safronenka BLR
    Julie Fowler GA
    Anna Fuhr VA
    Bridget Harding NY
9 William & Mary Olivia Thaler FL
10 Georgia State Veronika Golanova CZE
    Kristin Vivien Rehse GER
11 Utah State Maggie O'Meara TX
    Erin Freeman CA
    Meghan Lyall AZ
    Sabrina Demerath WA
12 Boise State A. Paules Aldrey ESP
    Naomi De Hart NED
13 Central Florida Kennan Johnson LA
    Monica Matias PR
14 Elon Bridget Liddell NZL
    Kirsten Ward NC
    Olivia Lucas SC
    Erica Braschi PUR
15 Air Force Yelizaveta Patenko PA
    Veronica Dodds TX
    Carley Hatcliff TN
    Chloe Gadsden GU
16 Wesleyan (CT) Eudice Wong Chong HKG
    Dasha Dubinsky FL
    Nicole McCann MA
    Aashli Budhiraja CA
    Helen Klass-Warch MN
17 Williams Mia Gancayco MD
    Juli Raventos CRC
    G. McDonnellNietoDelRio CA
    Julia Cancio MA
18 UC Davis Kristy Jorgensen CA
    Lani Green HI
    Jessie Lee CA
19 Western Michigan Olivia Myers OH
    Ella Perinovic CRO
    Labina Petrovska MI
20 Navy Amanda Keller FL
    Kristine Rojo PA
    Claudia Mackenzie FL
    Jamie Rogers NC
21 Denver Julia O'Loughlin FL
    Gracia Mboko CAN
22 George Washington T. Radosavljevic SRB
    Marie Decamps BRA
    Kassy Koenig CA
23 UMass Ruth Crawford GA
    Isabel Balsavage GA
    Michelle Katzelnik MA
    Ana Yrazusta Acosta ESP
24 San Diego Drew Spinosa CA
25 Xavier Amina Ismail OH
    Lauren Ghidotti OH
 

Honorable Mention

Other women's programs that received strong consideration from our experts are (listed alphabetically): Akron, Army, Carnegie Mellon, Connecticut, Davidson, Dayton, Eastern Michigan, George Mason, Georgetown, James Madison, Marshall, MIT, and North Carolina A&T.

 

Soaring in Houston

The Rice women's tennis program has just finished its most successful three-year run in school history. Prior to 2012, the Owls had never won an NCAA tournament match. Since 2012, Rice has won four NCAA matches - reaching the second round or better each year. They are also fresh off their second straight Conference USA title.

Head coach Elizabeth Schmidt, now in her fifth season at the helm, has two seniors to replace from 2013-14 who were regular contributors in the lineup. Fortunately, she has a talented pair of 5-Star recruits arriving this fall.

Top-30 recruits Lindsey Hodge and Savannah Durkin are players who have shown the ability to win big on the court. Hodge has won USTA national titles as we reported in her commitment announcement this past fall, while Durkin posted twelve wins last summer in the USTA Hardcourt Nationals, Claycourt Nationals, and National Team tournaments.

The Owls edged out Florida International and their trio of international recruits for the top spot. FIU head coach Katarina Petrovic is bringing in Monika Stanikova of Slovakia, Andrea Lazaro Garcia of Spain, and Nerma Caluk of Bosnia to play for the Golden Panthers next fall.

Rounding out the Top 5 are the Tulane Green Wave at No. 3, followed by Stetson and St. Mary's College of California at No. 4 and 5, respectively.

 

State Breakdowns

The teams in our rankings represent fifteen states and the District of Columbia. Not surprisingly, the two states with the most ranked recruiting classes are Florida and California.

The Sunshine State has three ranked classes - including two in the Top 5. At No. 2, Florida International leads all comers, and they are joined at the top by No. 4 Stetson. Also in the rankings is Central Florida at No. 13.

The Golden State also has three ranked programs, starting with St. Mary's at No. 5. The Gaels are joined by UC Davis (No. 18) and San Diego (24).

Other states with multiple programs in the recruiting class rankings are Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas, all with two ranked classes apiece.

 

Conference Call

These ranked classes hail from fifteen different conferences - thirteen NCAA Division I conferences and three from D-III.

Three conferences stand out from the rest: Conference USA, the American Athletic Conference, and the Midwest Conference.

Conference USA only has two programs in the rankings, but they are the top two. Rice and Florida International stand tall at No. 1 and 2 in the rankings, respectively.

The AAC and MWC conferences each have three programs in the rankings. The AAC is represented by Tulane (No. 3), Houston (6), and Central Florida (13). From the MWC we have Utah State (11), Boise State (12), and the U.S. Air Force Academy (15).

 

Coming Soon... NCAA Division III Rankings

Three Division III programs had recruiting classes strong enough to make our list: Emory University (No. 8), Wesleyan University (16), and Williams College (17). All of these programs should figure rather prominently in our upcoming ranking lists.

Speaking of more rankings, this coming Monday, TennisRecruiting.net and Solfire will release rankings of the Top 25 men's recruiting classes in NCAA Division III. Soon after we will wrap up our spring recruiting class rankings with the top D-III women.

 
 

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