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2010 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes

Over the past few weeks, the Tennis Recruiting Network has been publishing rankings of recruiting classes. Today, we conclude our series with a look at the Division III women's programs.

NCAA Division III tennis is a strong brand - as evidenced by D-III teams showing up in our mid-major and even our overall recruiting class rankings. Two D-III women's programs - Amherst and Emory - were actually in the Top 10 of our recent mid-major recruiting class rankings.

But this week, Division III takes center stage. On Friday we published our D-III men's rankings. Now it is the ladies' turn.


Top 25 NCAA Division III Women's Recruiting Classes (through June 1)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Women's Recruiting Classes for 2010. This list is based on commitments reported on or before June 1, 2010.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts and insiders to aid in the rankings. While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we appreciate their assistance.

And now, without further ado, the Top 25...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Amherst Jordan Brewer CA
    Gabrielle Devlin VA
    Jennifer Newman PA
    Lauren Slutsky FL
    Zoe Pangalos NY
    Isabel Camacho NY
2 Emory Gabrielle Clark IL
    Malavika Padmanabhan CA
    Taylor Brandt CA
    Brenna Kelly MN
    Meghan Logun GA
3 Williams Kathleen Elkins NC
    Kara Shoemaker NJ
    Lindsay Thygesen IN
4 Johns Hopkins Hailey Hogan CA
    Abby Clark MA
    Lauren Fields FL
    Brooke Pottish NY
5 Tufts Shelci Bowman TX
    Eliza Flynn MA
    Samantha Gann NY
    Rebecca Kimmel MA
    Dana Siegel MI
6 Pomona-Pitzer Katerina Mozolyuk CA
    Arthi Padmanabhan CA
    Kristin Brikmanis TX
    Alexandra Antonoplis CA
    Samantha Chao IA
    Claire Willey CA
7 Albion Chloe Karoub MI
    Marissa Cloutier MI
8 Bowdoin Emma Lewis AK
    Kate Winingham IN
    Susanna Howard IA
9 CMS Chloe Dobbert CA
    Crystal Lim CA
    Victoria Santoro CT
    Sophie Biffar CA
    Erin Coughlan MA
    Victoria Nichols CA
    Sheena Patel OH
    Kate Spiesman TX
    Brittan Sutphin CO
    Kelly Chen CA
10 Wash U. - St. Louis Elizabeth Edershile IL
    Evelyn Qin IA
11 Skidmore Melissa Hirsch CA
    Sophia Bryan-Ajania CA
    Robyn Baird MD
    Rachel Plevinsky MA
    Keirsten Sires CT
    Molly Nolan NY
12 Mary Washington Lauren Gaspar IL
    Lindsay Raulston VA
    Anna Richman DE
    Madison Martin SC
    Miranda Martin SC
13 Whitman Courtney Lawless TX
    Morgan Lawless TX
    Hannah Palkowitz CA
    Maggie Eismeier ME
14 MIT Julia Hsu TN
    Lauren Quisenberry TX
    Katharine O'Neal NY
15 Washington & Lee Claire Cahill TX
    Cameron Dorsey OH
    Lauren Armstrong SC
    Chelsea Mixson SC
16 Wellesley Erica Choo MD
    Diana Granger IL
    Morgan Johnstonbaugh PA
    Kendall Tada HI
    Doyun Kim KOR
17 Carleton Anne Lombardi IL
    Felicity Flesher MS
    Katherine Greenberg MO
    Molly Hemes WI
18 Brandeis Allyson Bernstein IL
    Roberta Bergstein MA
    Alexa Katz PA
    Marissa Lazar NY
19 Swarthmore Lia Carlson NY
    Epiphany English MD
    Aliya Padamsee MA
    Brooke Wilkins PA
20 DePauw Megan Crowley IL
    Sally Schoenfeld KS
21 Case Western Kara Richardson OH
    Theresa Smetona OH
    Bianca Patel OH
22 Middlebury Dorrie Paradies GA
23 Sewanee Kate Stanford AL
24 Sweet Briar Ariel Holness VA
25 Oberlin Brenna Sheldon CA

Also Receiving Consideration

Our knowledgable team of D-III insiders carefully reviewed the incoming classes of more than 50 D-III programs for these rankings. Other recruiting classes that received strong consideration for inclusion on our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Augustana (IL), Chapman, Emerson, Otterbein, Redlands, and UC Santa Cruz.


High Standards

NCAA Division III tennis has many strong programs, but there are a few teams that keep popping up at the very top. Three of those teams are Amherst, Emory, and Williams.

The Williams Ephs and Emory Eagles have won nine of the past ten NCAA team championships, with Amherst placing second or third many of those years.

If you take a look above at the top of this list, you will see those same three schools.

The Amherst Lord Jeffs, whose last team title came in 1999, are looking to surge ahead with this recruiting class. Jordan Brewer, Gabrielle Devlin, Jennifer Newman, Lauren Slutsky, Zoe Pangalos, and Isabel Camacho all head to Massachusetts this fall, giving Amherst two Top-100 players as well as a whole lot of quality depth.

Conference Breakdown

Thirteen conferences have programs in these rankings, but the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) leads all comers with 5 schools. In addition to Amherst and Williams, the NESCAC is represented by Tufts (No. 5), Bowdoin (8), and Middlebury (22). Four of these programs are in the Top 10 - also leading all conferences.

Emory is one of four schools from the University Athletic Association in the rankings. Other UAA programs are Washington (No. 10), Brandeis (No. 18), and Case Western (No. 21).

Five more conferences each have two ranked recruiting classes: the Centennial, NEWMAC, ODAC, SCAC, and SCIAC conferences.

State of the States

If you have to pick just one state to watch Division III women's tennis, Massachusetts would be a pretty good choice. The Bay State has a whopping six programs in these recruiting class rankings - three in the Top 10. Programs from Massachusetts are Amherst, Williams, Tufts, MIT, Wellesley, and Brandeis.

Only two other states have more than one recruiting class in the rankings: Virginia (3 programs) and California (2).

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 2010 - 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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