2013 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
by TennisRecruiting.net, 24 June 2013
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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...
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).
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.
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.
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).
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!
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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