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Top Women's Classes - 2014 Spring Rankings

Last Monday, The Tennis Recruiting Network kicked off its Spring Recruiting Class Rankings with a list of the top men's classes. Today, we take a look at the women.

We have heard from many college coaches and high school senior players, and the vast majority of top American college-bound seniors - along with a large number of international players - have reported college commitments. Commitments continue to roll in every day, but they are unlikely to impact the top classes.

Today, the Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire are proud to announce the Top 25 women's recruiting classes for the Class of 2014.


Media Poll

TennisRecruiting.net and Solfire have enlisted the aid of junior tennis experts from around the country to vote for the top classes. We list the panelists for this voting period below.

Each of our panelists submitted his/her take on the Top 25 recruiting classes. Schools received 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 points for each second-place vote, on down to 1 point for each 25th-place vote. The panelists did not consider incoming transfer students in their voting - and also did not consider players that played college tennis this past spring.


Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes (through May 2)

Here are the Spring Rankings of the top women's college recruiting classes, presented by Solfire. Point totals are shown in the right-most column - with the number of first-place votes in parentheses. All commitments reported through May 2, 2014 are included.

Rank School Rating  Name State Points  Prev
1 Florida (17) Brooke Austin IN 565 1
    Peggy Porter TX
    Josie Kuhlman FL
2 USC (5) Meredith Xepoleas CA 550 7
    Gabrielle Smith NV
    Madison Westby OK
3 UCLA Kristin Wiley FL 499 2
    Maia Magill CA
4 Georgia (1) Mariana Gould ID 484 3
    Laura Patterson GA
    Hannah King GA
    Ansley Bridges GA
5 North Carolina Cassandra Vazquez TX 458 4
    Marika Akkerman CAN
    Maggie Kane NC
6 Notre Dame Brooke Broda OH 441 5
    Allison Miller GA
7 Harvard Nikki Kallenberg FL 421 6
    Annika Ringblom CA
    Ellen Jang Milsten GA
8 Georgia Tech Johnnise Renaud FL 405 RV
    Alexis Prokopuik CAN
    Vooha Vellanki GA
9 Duke Christina Makarova CA 381 10
    Rebecca Smaller GBR
    Samantha Harris AUS
10 Michigan Alexandria Najarian MI 376 17
    Mira Ruder-Hook CO
    Mollie Fox MI
    Kathryn Hall CO
11 Ohio State Anna Sanford OH 304 15
    Olivia Sneed KS
12 Rice Lindsey Hodge GA 298 9
    Savannah Durkin FL
13 Northwestern Alexandria Chatt IL 286 8
    Rheeya Doshi SIN
    Erin Larner OR
14 Texas Tech Sarah Dvorak HI 238 12
    Katelyn Jackson AR
    Hortense Boscher FRA
15 Alabama Bennett Dunn FL 235 11
    Aryn Greene GA
16 Brown Alyza Benotto CA 226 NR
    Maddie Stearns NJ
17 Florida Intl Monika Stanikova SVK 184 NR
    Andrea Lazaro Garcia ESP
    Nerma Caluk BIH
18 Princeton Katrine Steffensen NY 166 20
    Sara Goodwin KS
19 Columbia Alexandra Solovyev IL 160 13
    Rima Asatrian NJ
    Adi Milstein FL
    Laura Macmullin CAN
20 Louisville Ariana Rodriguez NY 107 16
    Aleksandra Mally NY
    Jessie-Lynn Paul NC
    Gabrielle Gerlach KY
    Caroline Walter KY
21 Virginia Tech Elena Cerezo Codina ESP 100 14
    Katherine Butler NC
    Lena Pacholski FRA
22 Wake Forest Courtney Meredith AL 91 19
    Sara Swift FL
23 Tulane Naz Karagoz TUR 86 NR
    Vanessa Nommensen CA
    Zoe Gaber LA
24 Oklahoma Christiana Brigante FL 75 RV
    Yuriko Miyazaki JPN
    Brooke Withrow KS
    Malene Stripp DEN
25 Florida State Gabriella Castaneda FL 63 23

Also Receiving Votes

Other women's programs receiving votes are: Yale (51), Houston (42), California (37), LSU (33), Baylor (32), Kansas (24), St. Mary's (CA) (19), Cornell (12), South Carolina (7), Indiana (5), William & Mary (4), Minnesota (3), Virginia (3), Dartmouth (1), Elon (1), Miami (OH) (1), Stetson (1).


Gators Still On Top

Another year, another run to the Final Four for the Florida Gators. Head Coach Roland Thornqvist's teams have been in the national semifinals for five straight years - and in a whopping ten of his thirteen years overall in Gainesville.

Florida had three seniors on its 2013-14 roster, including regular contributors Alexandra Cercone, Olivia Janowicz, and Sofie Oyen. But reeling in the nation's top recruiting class might take away some of the sting from graduation.

As in our Winter Rankings, the Florida Gators earned the top spot with an elite trio of recruits: Brooke Austin, Peggy Porter, and Josie Kuhlman. All three girls have professional rankings, as the WTA ranks them No. 525, 603, and 879 in the world, respectively. Tennis Recruiting has ranked all three of these recruits among the Top 5 seniors nationally throughout their careers, with Austin holding down the top spot for quite some time.

Our panel had strong support for the Gators, with 17 of the 23 voters placing them at the top of their lists. Florida earned 565 points out of a possible 575.


Touring the Top 10

The Gators received some stiff competition at the top - particularly since the Southern California Trojans have a class with three Blue Chip recruits of its own. Spring signee Meredith Xepoleas joins Gabrielle Smith and Madison Westby to bolster a squad that loses two players from its Top 6 to graduation. USC earned five first-place votes and 550 points from our panel.

The recently-crowned UCLA Bruins are No. 3 in our poll, while Georgia (one first-place vote) and North Carolina round out the Top 5.


Two teams are new to our Top 10 - Georgia Tech (No. 8) and Michigan (10).

Tech head coach Rodney Harmon added Johnnise Renaud, the top recruit from the state of Florida, to a pair of Fall recruits to earn the No. 8 spot. The Wolverines added Mira Ruder-Hook and Mollie Fox to climb from No. 17 in the winter poll to No. 10.


New Faces

Five programs in our rankings did not appear in our winter list back in February: Georgia Tech (No. 8), Brown (16), Florida International (17), Tulane (23), and Oklahoma (24).

Florida International coach Katarina Petrovic has the Golden Panthers in our recruiting class rankings for the first time in school history. International recruits Andrea Lazaro Garcia (Spain), Monika Stanikova (Slovakia), and Nerma Caluk (Bosnia and Herzegovina) all have WTA rankings, and each of them has posted significant results on the ITF junior circuit.

Conference Call

The Atlantic Coast Conference once again shows its depth as a conference in these recruiting class rankings. Eight ACC programs are among the Top 25 recruiting classes - with four in the Top 10. Both of those marks are tops among all conferences. The North Carolina Tar Heels lead the way at No. 5, and they are joined by Notre Dame (No. 6), Georgia Tech (8), Duke (9), Louisville (20), Virginia Tech (21), Wake Forest (22), and Florida State (25).


Among the power conferences, the SEC and PAC-12 impress with the top classes overall. The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC are in the No. 1 and No. 4 positions, respectively, while LA schools USC and UCLA give the PAC-12 the No. 2 and 3 spots.


Only two conferences outside the high majors have ranked recruiting classes. Conference USA has two classes in the rankings: the Rice Owls (No. 12) and Florida International Golden Panthers (17). The Tulane Green Wave check into our rankings at No. 23 for the American Athletic Conference.


Panelists for May 2014

The panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. Please join us in thanking them for donating their time and talents to this effort.

  • Dede Allen, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA Florida Section, consultant to Prince Sports
  • Joseph Braden, Director of Tennis at Schwartz Tennis Center, USTA/Midwest Tournament Director.
  • Casey Chapin, National Tournament Director, Director, Hudlow Tennis Center
  • Sonny Dearth, Daily Press newspaper and dailypress.com Web site in Newport News, Va.
  • Jean Desdunes, Senior Director, USTA Junior and Collegiate Competition
  • Tim Donovan, Donovan Tennis Strategies, DTS College Exposure Series
  • Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA Winter Nationals, National Junior Competition Committee, Southwest Junior Competition Committee, Southwest Section Board Executive Committee
  • Sue Hansen, Independent Educational Consultant, Founder of Hansen College Strategies
  • Larry Haugness, USTA/Missouri Valley Board of Directors, National Tournament Director, PTR National Tester, USPTA, Junior Davis Cup Coach
  • Larry Jackson, Director, Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy, National Tournament Director
  • Randy Jenks, USPTA National, National Tournament Director, The Firehouse $10k Tournament Director
  • Pua Johnson, USTA National and ITA Collegiate Referee
  • Ali Jones, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA/Texas Junior Tennis Blog
  • Ernie Katko, Junior Development Coach in Chicago, USTA High Performance Coach, USPTA, PTR, Member of USTA/Midwest Coaches Commission
  • Patty Lambropoulos, Junior Tennis Coordinator, College Park Athletic Club, National Tournament Director, Chicago District Board of Director and Endorser, Midwest Junior Competion Committee.
  • Colette Lewis, ZooTennis.com
  • Tony Minnis, Former head coach, LSU women's tennis, host of Inside College Tennis with Tony Minnis
  • Phil Parrish, Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
  • Robert Sasseville, National Tournament Director, USTA National Referee
  • Kathy Smith, Former member of USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee, Former head coach of Princeton women's tennis, private coach
  • Lisa Stone, ParentingAces.com
  • Julie Wrege, TennisInformation.com, TennisRecruiting.net, former National Tournament Director, former USTA ranking chair
  • Evan Zeder, Sales and Sponsorship Manager at Athletic DNA

Up Next... Mid-Major Rankings

TennisRecruiting.net will publish the first of its mid-major rankings next week on Monday, June 9th.


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