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2013 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes

If you have been coming by the website the past few weeks, you know that Tennis Recruiting has been busy ranking recruiting classes. Today, we conclude our series with a look at the Division III women's programs.


Top 25 NCAA D-III Women's Recruiting Classes (through May 31)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Women's Recruiting Classes for 2013. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 31, 2013.

We have once again 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.

And now, without further ado, let's take a look at our Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Emory Michelle Satterfield AZ
    Melissa Goodman MA
    Katarina Su GA
2 Johns Hopkins Ashnaa Rao NC
    S. Demontesquiou CA
    Jody Law CA
    Amanda Austi NY
    Anna Kankanala NC
3 Middlebury Kassandra Orozco NJ
    Lily Bondy NY
    Alexandra Fields FL
    Jennifer Sundstrom FL
4 Bowdoin Joulia Likhanskaia CAN
    Samantha Stalder CA
    Anna Ruth Kaplan IL
    Pilar Giffenig CT
    Kyra Silitch NY
5 MIT Wendi Kong CA
    Krystal Lai CA
    Elysa Kohrs CA
6 Carnegie Mellon Vanessa Pavia NY
    Nicholle Torres NY
    Shaan Phagura CA
7 Wash U. - St. Louis Rebecca Ho CA
    Kaylan Griffith CA
    Mindy Borovsky IL
8 Amherst Amanda Zalameda CA
    Megan Adamo PA
    Claire Carpenter MN
    Lolade Fadulu FL
9 Williams Linda Shin GA
    Hannah Atkinson CAN
    Annika Trapness CO
10 Tufts Alexa Meltzer NY
    Conner Calabro CA
    Jacqueline Baum IL
    Chelsea Hayashi CA
    Hanna Slutsky FL
    Irem Bugdayci TUR
11 Chicago Tiffany Chen IL
    Jordan Appel CO
    Abigail Skwara VA
    Chloe Hadavas IL
    Brigit Tronrud CAN
12 Pomona-Pitzer Rosemary Pelch MO
    Maddie Gordon TX
    Mallory Roth CA
    G. Hsieh Ratliff NM
    Brooke Bondurant IL
    Alexandra Peris CA
    Julia Greenberg NY
    Kyla King CA
13 DePauw Madelyn Lee IN
    Mara Sheley OH
    Morgan Cohen CO
14 Denison Lauren Schectman IL
    Emily Holloway TN
15 Vassar Emily Hallewell DC
    Shayna Becker CA
    Connie Yoo CA
    Hanna McGuire CA
16 Mary Washington Ashley Barrow VA
17 CMS Kathleen Kuosman CO
18 Muhlenberg Sara Finger NY
19 Wellesley Andjela Stojkovic CAN
    Samantha Stone CT
    Darya Kostikina MA
    Shuyang Ye CA
    C. Dickensheets GA
    Carina Chen HKG
20 NYU Katya Kulikova MT
    Evgenia Rostarchuk FL
21 UW-Whitewater Megan Humphreys WI
    Amy Upthagrove WI
    Rachel Siemon IL
22 Sweet Briar Caitlin Delmas NC
    Madison Mills CA
23 Case Western Briana Menolascino MO
    Jennifer Lowe KS
    Kennedy Mulholland OH
    Sarah Berchuck AL
24 Franklin & Marshall Caitlin Rummelsburg CT
    Tara Buchney NJ
25 Wheaton (MA) Amanda Brazell NV

Also Receiving Consideration

Our knowledgable team of D-III insiders carefully reviewed the incoming classes of many D-III programs for these rankings. Other recruiting classes that received strong consideration for inclusion on our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Augustana (IL), Bates, Carleton, Chapman, Christopher Newport, Gustavus Adolphus, Mississippi College, Wheaton (IL).


Soaring Eagles

Emory University is a powerhouse when it comes to women's tennis, and the 2013 season was no exception. The Eagles ran through its UAA conference schedule before winning the conference tournament without dropping a set. They then went on to place second at the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships. Head Coach Amy Bryant has followed up a strong showing on the court with an even stronger showing on the recruiting trail - drawing a recruiting class that we tab No. 1 in the nation.

Five-star senior Michelle Satterfield, the top-ranked prospect from Arizona, joins Melissa Goodman of Massachusetts and in-state prospect Katarina Su to form an Emory class with many wins at the sectional and national level.

2013 marks the fourth year that Tennis Recruiting has published D-III rankings, and Emory has appeared appeared in the Top 4 of all four rankings. This is the first time that the Eagles have held down the top spot - pulling in the No. 2 class in both 2010 and 2012.

Top Five

The teams near the top of our list all have very strong classes.

Johns Hopkins shows up in the No. 2 spot. A trio of Four-star recruits - Savannah Demontesquiou, Jody Law, and Ashnaa Rao - are the core of a five-woman class that should help the Blue Jays better their Elite Eight showing at the 2013 NCAA championships.

The Middlebury Panthers counter with three Four-star recruits of their own. Lily Bondy, Alexandra Fields, and Kassandra Orozco help comprise the No. 3 recruiting class in our rankings.

The Bowdoin Polar Bears (No. 4) and MIT Engineers (5) round out the Top 5.

Conference Call

Emory holds down the top spot, and the Eagles are joined by five other University Athletic Association programs in the Top 25. Other UAA recruiting classes that made our list are Carnegie Mellon (No. 6), Wash U. - St. Louis (7), Chicago (11), NYU (20), and Case Western (23). The UAA leads all conferences with six programs in the rankings.

Close on their heels is the NESCAC with five ranked recruiting classes - all in the Top 10. The NESCAC is represented by Middlebury (No. 3), Bowdoin (4), Amherst (8), Williams (9), and Tufts (10).

Other conferences with multiple programs on our list are the Centennial Conference (3 programs), NEWMAC (3), NCAC (2), and SCIAC (2).

Welcome Aboard

Four programs are making their first-ever appearance in our Tennis Recruiting D-III Recruiting Class Rankings. Muhlenberg College (No. 18), Wisconsin-Whitewater (21), Franklin & Marshall College (24), and Wheaton College (MA) (25) all show up for the first time in program history. Welcome!

Rankings Wrap

Over the past two weeks, TennisRecruiting.net has put out six sets of recruiting class rankings. These rankings recognize hundreds of athletes from the Class of 2013 - and more than 100 college tennis programs from across the nation. Take a moment to check out all of our recruiting class rankings:


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