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2012 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes

Over the past few weeks, the Tennis Recruiting Network has been publishing rankings of recruiting classes. Today, we conclude our series with a look at the D-III women's programs.


Top 25 NCAA D-III Women's Recruiting Classes (through May 21)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Women's Recruiting Classes for 2012. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 21, 2012.

As always, we enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts and insiders to aid in the rankings. Our panelists did not consider incoming transfer students in their voting - and they also did not consider players that started college this past January.

But enough boilerplate... It is time to take your first look at our Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Williams Marica McCoy QAT
    Katie Pollan FL
    Maya Hart MA
    Alexandra Stone NJ
2 Emory Beatrice Rosen CA
    Emma Taylor NJ
    Marissa Levine FL
    Annette Sullivan FL
    Madison Gordon NY
    Stephanie Loutsenko NY
3 Middlebury Ria Gerger TX
    Margot Marchese NJ
    Lauren Amos AZ
    Kirra Simonson CA
    Sadie Shackelford TN
4 Amherst Suhasini Ghosh MD
    Sarah Monteagudo FL
    Madeleine Sung CA
    Lara Min VA
5 Bowdoin Tiffany Cheng CA
    Pilar Giffenig CT
    Courtney Gallagher CT
6 MIT Victoria Tam CA
    Meghana Vasireddy MN
    Alana Peters IL
    Iris Zhuang TX
    Sunnie Lampl VA
7 Johns Hopkins Sydney Lehman MO
    Staley Smith MA
    Kara McDonough GA
8 CMS Caroline Ward MN
    Yvonne (Ivon) Likomanova CA
9 Carnegie Mellon Elizabeth Martin GA
    Abbey Hamstra IN
    Brooke Tsu CA
10 Wash U. - St. Louis Alyson Coran WI
    Jamie Silverberg NJ
11 Pomona-Pitzer Lea Lynn Yen CA
    Marie Fleming MA
    Samantha Mae Coyiuto PHI
    Kelsey Anne Yamanaka HI
12 Texas Dallas Auvi Tran TX
13 Chicago Helen Sdvizhkov NJ
    Sruthi Ramaswami CA
    Stephanie Lee IL
    Caitlin McCarthy FL
    Ioanna AguilarMendez IN
14 Trinity (CT) Morgan Feldman NY
15 Lewis & Clark Claudia Lew CA
    Olivia Cornell CA
16 Carleton Mikayla Becich PA
    Claire Spencer VA
    Julia Krumholz MA
    Libby Ferris MO
    Joyce Yu TPE
17 Sewanee Lindsey Liles AR
    Kate Johnston TN
    Annie Veron TX
18 Denison Taylor Hawkins NC
    Lauren Smith OH
    Audrey Fitzpatrick MA
    Eleni Coleman PA
19 NYU Ashley Masanto NY
20 Vassar Lauren Stauffer PA
    Winifred Yeates LA
    Kelsey Van Noy TX
21 Trinity (TX) Kristy Hamilton IL
    Gabrielle Roe LA
    Caroline White TX
22 Mary Washington Shelby Harris VA
    Berringer Flood NC
    Christina Gaul PA
    Mackenzie Smith PA
    Paige Weinberg GA
    Alina Suyama VA
    Ashley Price VA
23 Case Western Taylor Sweeney MI
    Sara Zargham CA
    Surya Khadilkar OH
    Michelle Djohan OH
    Meredith Lee IN
    Lauren Rovner OH
    Kaitlin Mills IL
24 Redlands Gabriela Vasquez CA
    Natalie Etchegaray CA
25 Virginia Wesleyan Lauren Brooker NC
    Sara Yousif NC
    Victoria Ryherd TX
    Ashley Milo VA
    Victoria Torres FL
    Mia Proctor MD

Also Receiving Consideration

A team of D-III insiders - including the folks at Division 3 Tennis - reviewed the resumes of 50 top D-III recruiting classes to come up with these rankings. Other recruiting classes put forward by the insiders that almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Allegheny, La Verne, Ohio Northern, Swarthmore, Texas Lutheran, Washington & Lee, and Wellesley.


Cow Power

If you have paid any attention to D-III tennis over the past few years, then you should be more than a little bit familiar with Williams College. The Ephs just wrapped up their fifth straight NCAA national championship, posting a 5-2 win over the University of Chicago on May 31 in Cary, N.C. The Ephs became the first team in history to win five consecutive Division III titles.

Eph head coach Allison Swain has to replace three key seniors - including ITA Senior Player of the Year Kristin Alotta - and she seems to have done so with her 2012 recruiting class. Our experts rank the four Williams recruits as the top class in the nation.

Marica McCoy - an American currently living abroad - holds a career-high ITF ranking of No. 341. 4-star senior Katie Pollan and 3-star recruits Maya Hart and Alexandra Stone round out a class that provides enough depth to give Williams a chance to continue its dynasty.

Five Spot

Another recruiting class that received considerable support from our experts was the Emory Eagles. Those experts who did not choose the Ephs gave the nod to the Eagles.

Twelve-year Head Coach Amy Bryant is bringing a class with both strength and depth to Emory - four 4-Star recruits and two 3-Star recruits are heading for Decatur this fall. Combining these new recruits with a strong returning veteran lineup that reached the Final Four this season could give the Eagles a recipe for success in 2013.

Rounding out the Top 5 are the Middlebury Panthers (No. 3), Amherst Lord Jeffs (4), and Bowdoin Polar Bears (5).

Conference Call

As usual, schools from the University Athletic Association and New England Small College Athletic Conference dominate our rankings. Eleven of the 25 programs in our rankings are from these two conferences.

Six of the eight UAA programs made our list. In addition to Top 10 programs Emory (No. 2), Carnegie Mellon (9), and Washington University (10), the UAA is represented by Chicago (13), NYU (19), and CWRU (23).

The NESCAC has five ranked teams, including four of the Top 5: Williams (No. 1), Middlebury (3), Amherst (4), Bowdoin (5), and Trinity (14).

The only other conference with more than one team in the rankings is the SCIAC, with three ranked recruiting classes.

New Arrivals

Eight of the 25 programs in our rankings are making their first-ever appearances:

At the other extreme, ten of the 25 programs have appeared in all three of our annual D-III recruiting class rankings.

Recruiting Class Wrap

This article concludes our spring series of recruiting class rankings. Check out all of our lists:


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