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Ranking Redux

TennisRecruiting.net's senior class rankings are constantly being viewed by players and coaches alike. The ability to gauge where players stand in relation to other athletes in their grade provides a useful metric for measuring the ability of schools to attract today's top players. But are the Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN) rankings accurate predictors of the players most likely to experience future success in college tennis? Are the best players in juniors the best players in college?

Using final rankings for the female Classes of 2005, 2006, and 2007 (the classes that are currently playing college tennis and have at least one season of results), the top 30 players that enrolled in college from each class were taken and their stats from each season of college tennis they have played were compiled. Among stats chosen were dual matches played, dual match winning percentage, highest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ranking in each season, and final ITA ranking in each season. In addition, all players in each class who appeared in the final ITA rankings were identified and juxtaposed with the TRN senior class rankings. Part One of this series will look at the Class of 2007.

Starting with the most recent graduates, the Class of 2007, 13 of the TRN top 30 (players that went to school) appeared in the ITA rankings at some point during the season, and nine were in the final published rankings. This is probably due to the fact that almost half (14 of 30) played primarily either #5 or #6 in the lineup, and it is difficult to get enough matches with ranked players playing at those spots. Below is a sampling of statistics from this class, with TRN ranking adjusted for players who turned pro or deferred for a year.

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