2012 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
by TennisRecruiting.net, 15 June 2012
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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...
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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