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2011 Top Mid-Major Women's Classes

Tennis is one of the most popular college sports around. There are almost 2,500 programs across the country playing intercollegiate tennis at some level.

With so many programs, it is not surprising that there is significant depth when it comes to talent and ability. Many of these talented programs come from so-called "Mid-Major" programs - programs outside of the NCAA Division I conferences that play football on ESPN.

On Friday, we took a look at the mid-major men. Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to present the Top 25 Mid-Major Women's Recruiting Classes for 2011.

Top 25 Mid-Major Women's Recruiting Classes (through May 20)

These rankings include all colleges in all divisions except for those in the "high-major conferences". The high-major conferences for tennis include schools affiliated with Bowl Championship Series conferences - the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, and SEC - as well as the Ivy League.

These rankings include players who will be incoming freshmen during the 2011-12 school year. We did not include transfers or players who enrolled in Spring 2011. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 20, 2011.

So here they are... your Top 25.

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Stephen F. Austin Dalina Dahlmans GER
    Malena Gordo ARG
    Elena Kordolaimi GRE
    Julia Lorca FRA
    Nataly Yoo TX
    Daphne Friedrichs GER
2 Long Beach State Laura Bernard BEL
    Karolina Rozenberg RUS
3 Pepperdine Lorraine Guillermo CA
4 St. Mary's (CA) Elizabeth Searl AUS
    Catherine Leduc CAN
5 Hawaii Jamie Pawid CA
6 Coll. of Charleston Samantha Maddox KY
    Grace Baker NC
    Jenny Falcone NC
7 Miami (OH) Katherine Castro FL
    Christine Guerrazzi FL
    Alexandra Thurman MI
8 Loyola Marymount Tory Parravi CA
    Logan Finnell CA
9 North Texas Franziska Sprinkmeyer GER
    Ksenya Bardabush UKR
10 Washington & Lee Meghan Buell OH
    Lindsey Burke SC
    Patricia Kirkland SC
    Sonja Meighan VA
    Allison Hupalo MA
    Casey Mackintosh GA
    Genny Francis NC
    Kelsey Vella NJ
11 Boston U Samantha Lieb PA
    Sophie Wyman FL
12 Richmond Melissa Emile Kandinata NC
13 UC Santa Barbara April Scatliffe CA
14 UNC Asheville Emily McNall CA
    Amryn Soldier GA
    Christine Boissevain TX
    Jenna Dodge TX
15 Army Natalie Allen WA
    Alyssa Hanson GA
    Carolyn Pitman OH
    Elle Taylor CA
    Maya Parker CA
    Alyssa Gleason PA
16 UC Irvine Kaelyn Facey CA
    Kat Facey CA
    Anna Tatsuno CA
17 Eastern Michigan Ankita Bhatia IND
18 Ball State Ashlyn Rang IN
    Courtney Wild IN
19 Montana Sasha Carter WA
    Precious Gbadamosi TX
    Laurence Pelchat CAN
20 Wofford Audrey Coventry KS
    Emily Przystawski KY
    Elizabeth Hughes SC
21 Charlotte Natsuko Takayanagi NC
    Lisa Grosselius SWE
22 Johns Hopkins Elaine Baik WA
    Kaitlyn Coleman TX
    Carolyn Drogt FL
    Shannon Herndon NC
    Shannon Libaw CA
    Kaitlin Pfisterer NJ
    Stephanie Rettig NY
    Macie Wilkins FL
23 Houston Liselot Koenen IL
    Charlotte Phillips GBR
24 Gonzaga Katie Edwards OR
    Kylie Peek UT
    Alexandra Tallas CA
    Hailee Gopinath WA
25 UMass Chanel Glasper FL
    Hazuki Onaga CA
    Gianna Francis FL
    Emilie Burgess CT

Honorable Mention

Other women's programs that received strong consideration from our experts are (listed alphabetically): BYU, Carnegie Mellon, Florida Atlantic, Liberty, Navy, San Jose State, Temple, Williams, Xavier.


Chopping Some Wood

Head Coach Patrick Sullivan has been working hard in his first year as the head coach at Stephen F. Austin University. One area where Sullivan has seen success is on the recruiting trail. The SFA recruiting class was voted No. 23 overall by our panel of voters - and we give the Ladyjacks the nod as the top mid-major recruiting class of 2011.

Sullivan has attracted a number of highly-ranked international women to come to Nacogdoches, Texas. In the early spring, SFA announced its first wave of signings with three recruits: Malena Gordo of Argentina, who was formerly ranked #34 internationally, Elena Kordolaimi, who reached No. 1 in Greece as a junior, and Nataly Yoo, who reached No. 522 in the WTA rankings and splits her time between Argentina and Texas.

Over the next month, SFA announced the signings of Julia Lorca (France), Dalina Dahlmans (Germany), and Daphne Friedrichs (Germany). These six athletes should lift SFA toward the top of the Southland Conference.


Around the Top 5

Blue Chip and international recruits are prevalent at the top of the mid-major rankings.

Long Beach State checks in at No. 2 on our list. Head Coach Hilt-Costello brought in Belgian standout Laura Bernard, who has a career high ITF ranking of No. 284 and has won multiple ITF titles, as well as Karolina Rozenberg, a Russian with an ITF ranking of No. 360. These two recruits should help the 49ers defend their Big West title.

The Pepperdine Waves, who brought in the highest-ranked American of any mid-major with Californian Lorraine Guillermo, are No. 3 in these rankings. The St. Mary's Gaels and Hawaii Rainbows round out the Top 5.


State Breakdowns

The 25 programs in our rankings come from 14 different states. As usual, many of these programs call California home. Six programs in the Top 25 - and four in the Top 10 - are from the Golden State. In order, the ranked California schools are Long Beach State (No. 2), Pepperdine (3), St. Mary's (4), Loyola Marymount (8), UC Santa Barbara (13), and UC Irvine (16). Of the 11 recruits heading to these six schools, seven of them are from California while the other four are from overseas.

The Lone Star state is second amongst states. Three recruiting classes in our Top 25 - two in the Top 10 - hail from Texas. Other states with multiple ranked recruiting classes are Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia - each with two Top-25 programs.


Conference Call

The West Coast Conference leads all conferences with four programs in the rankings. No. 24 Gonzaga joins California schools Pepperdine (No. 3), St. Mary's (4), and Loyola Marymount (8) to give the WCC more programs than any other.

The schools in the rankings represent thirteen NCAA Division I and two Division III conferences. Other conferences with multiple programs in the rankings are the Atlantic 10 (3 programs), Big West (3), MAC (3), and SoCon (2).

NCAA Division III is represented by Washington & Lee (No. 10) and Johns Hopkins (22).


Ahead... NCAA Division III Rankings

Next Monday, TennisRecruiting.net will release its ranking of the top 25 men's recruiting classes in NCAA Division III. And later next week we will wrap up our spring recruiting class rankings with the top D-III women.


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