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2014 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes
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Over the past few weeks, the Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire have 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 30)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Women's Recruiting Classes for 2014. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 20, 2014.

As always, we enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts, insiders and coaches 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, presented by Solfire...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Emory Anita Safronenka BLR
    Julie Fowler GA
    Anna Fuhr VA
    Bridget Harding NY
2 Williams Mia Gancayco MD
    Juli Raventos CRC
    G. McDonnellNietoDelRio CA
    Julia Cancio MA
3 Wesleyan (CT) Eudice Wong Chong HKG
    Dasha Dubinsky FL
    Nicole McCann MA
    Aashli Budhiraja CA
    Helen Klass-Warch MN
4 Pomona-Pitzer Emily Kuo CA
    Shivani Doraiswami CA
    Maryann Zhao CA
    Grace Hruska MA
    Emily Chen TX
    Katie Li CO
5 Johns Hopkins Megumi Chen VA
    Caroline Greydak NJ
    Sunaina Vohra NY
    Alice Li CA
6 Carnegie Mellon Kalyani Narayan CA
    Stacy Chang PA
    Cori Sidell CA
    Katie Lai MS
7 Chicago Ariana Iranpour OH
    Jasmine Lee IN
    Courtney Warren NE
8 MIT Jae Hyun Kim KOR
    Sonya Das MN
    Cindy Liu CA
    Rena Liu VA
    Dora Tzeng CA
9 Skidmore Danielle Giannetti NY
    Brianna Greene MA
    Erica Meno CT
    Michelle Fuca MA
    Caroline Finnegan MA
    Alexa Goldberg NY
10 Case Western Nithya Kanagasegar TN
    Nina Cepeda OH
    Maya Hamaker OK
    Peyton Young IN
11 Tufts Aandrita Deb FL
    Zoe Miller CA
    Lauren Louks CA
12 Vassar Kate Christensen SC
    Courtney Geiss SC
    Morgan Fitzgerald CA
    Dasha Ivenitsky NY
    Lauren Difazio NY
13 Wash U. - St. Louis Grace Deering NC
    Kathryn Lee IL
    Lily Schroeder IL
    Beniva Ganther OH
    Sarah Yukelis NY
14 CMS Lindsay Brown CA
    Bria Smith CO
    Kyla Scott CA
    Lauren Livingston NY
    Bailey Meyer TX
    Amy Huang CA
    Samantha Nuno CA
15 Christopher Newport Mckinney Harwood NE
    Claire Dockrill NC
    Alexandra Drye NC
    Meili Konell PA
    Kate Huck WV
    Kristi Wong MD
    Isabelle Wessel VA
    Emily Morgan VA
16 Lewis & Clark Kacey Incerpi CA
    Christine Eliazo CA
    Wiktoria Plawska VA
    Glenna Gee-Taylor CO
    Adrienne Fox AK
17 Bowdoin Corinne Alini NY
    Tess Trinka IL
    La Toya Francis GBR
18 Sewanee Taylor Childress SC
    Christina Merchant SC
    Maggie Crumbliss TN
    Paige Klump CO
    Clementina Davila MEX
    Ann-Meg Keatley VA
19 Oberlin Mayada Audeh DC
    Jackie McDermott WV
    Sarah Hughes NJ
20 Carleton Danielle Vasiliev IL
    Alana Danieu NY
21 Washington & Lee Michelle Fleenor TN
    Emily Kochard VA
    Abigail Zidell TX
22 Brandeis Haley Cohen NJ
    Charlotte Aaron AZ
23 Connecticut College Aleksandra Drljaca RI
    Angelica Warren NC
24 Wellesley Caroline Hsu FL
    Emily Olson CA
    Yujue Wu CHN
25 Amherst Avery Wagman NY
 

Also Receiving Consideration

A team of Division III college coaches 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: Babson, Denison, DePauw, Kenyon, Linfield, Mary Washington, Millsaps, Nichols, Whitman, and UW-La Crosse.

 

Proud Eagles

It would be hard to imagine a better year than 2014 for the Emory Eagles. Where should we start? How about the fact that they won the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championship last month in Claremont, Calif., and they did so in convincing fasion. Emory only lost three points in their five tournament matches, defeating the Amherst Lord Jeffs 5-1 in the final. It was Emory's first national title in women's tennis since 2006 - and their sixth overall.

But that's not all - not by a longshot. Emory finished the season with 28 wins - a program record, going undefeated against D-III competition. Senior Gabrielle Clark won the NCAA Singles Championship with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Amherst's Jordan Brewer, the second NCAA singles title of her career. Clark also teamed with Michelle Satterfield to reach the semifinals in the doubles competition. And last but not least, head coach Amy Bryant was named CaptainU D-III National Coach of the Year.

If you look over our Division III recruiting class rankings, those results might not be so surprising. Coach Bryant has pulled in Top-4 classes every year since 2010 - including the top-ranked class in 2013.

The strong recruiting continues in 2014. For the second straight year, the Emory Eagles have the brought in the No. 1 class in Division III tennis. Julie Fowler, Anna Fuhr, Bridget Harding, and Anita Safronenka make up an impressive four-woman class who caught the attention of our panel. Fowler, Fuhr, and Harding are all 4-Star recruits from across the Eastern Seaboard who have posted big wins in their respective sections. Safronenka is an international player from Belarus who scored victories in both the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl this year.

The future has never looked brighter for the Eagles. While they lose all-everything Gabrielle Clark to graduation, all the other regular starters return to Atlanta next year. Mix in the top-ranked recruiting class in the country, and you have a recipe for prolonged future success.

 

Power Five

Another recruiting class that received considerable support from our panel was Williams College. Like the Eagles, the Ephs have three 4-Star recruits of their own in Mia Gancayco, Giulia McDonnellNietoDelRio, and Julia Cancio. Their class also features Juli Raventos from Costa Rica. Combining these new recruits with a strong returning veteran lineup that reached the Final Four this season could give the Ephs a chance to make some noise in 2013.

Rounding out the Top 5 are the Wesleyan Cardinals (No. 3), Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (4), and Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (5).

 

Conference Call

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

Six of the eight UAA programs made our list, including four Top 10 programs. In addition to No. 1 Emory, the UAA is represented by Carnegie Mellon (No. 6), Chicago (7), Case Western (10), Washington University (13), and Brandeis (22).

The NESCAC has six ranked classes of its own, including two of the Top 3: Williams (No. 2), Wesleyan (3), Tufts (11), Bowdoin (17), Connecticut (23), and Amherst (25).

Three other conferences had multiple teams in the rankings: NEWMAC, SCIAC, and the Liberty League each have two ranked recruiting classes.

 

New Arrivals

Three of the 25 programs in our rankings are making their first-ever appearances: Wesleyan (No. 3), Christopher Newport (15), and Connecticut (23).

At the other extreme, eight of the 25 programs have appeared in all five 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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