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2017 Top NCAA Division III Women's Classes

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 29)

TennisRecruiting.net and YTEX Strings are excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Women's Recruiting Classes for 2017. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 29, 2017.

We have once again received assistance from a panel of NCAA Division III coaches in coming up with these rankings. Our panelists did not consider incoming transfer students in their decisions - and they also did not consider players that started college this past January.

So let's get on with it ... feast your eyes on our Top 25 ...

Rank School Rating  Name State
1 Emory Ysabel Gonzalez Rico FL
    Trisha Sundaram FL
    Sasha Hartje MI
    Stephanie Taylor FL
2 Wesleyan (CT) Polina Kiseleva FL
    Chisato Hayakawa SIN
    Zoe Klass-Warch MN
    Alissa Nakamoto OH
    Daniela Alvarez TX
3 Chicago Claire Handa NY
    Daryn Ellison AL
    Catherine Xu VA
4 Williams Rachel Cross VA
    Sasha Cayward WA
    D. Ramras AZ
5 MIT Libby Rickeman MN
    Vanessa Kitova MA
    Marina Zhang PA
    Alexandra Reinhart TX
    Megan Guenther IL
    Chiharu Watanabe TX
    Claire Holley MI
6 CMS Rebecca Berger CA
    Caroline Cox KY
7 Carnegie Mellon Alexandra Cash OH
    Hannah Rosenfield FL
    Melissa Strome MI
    Elizabeth Schulz CA
    Alexandra Iordache NJ
    Nila Ramaswamy TX
8 Bowdoin Viv Daniel WA
    Rachel Bercovitch FL
    Izzy Essi MA
9 Washington & Lee Ashton Jenne TN
    Valerie Marshall VA
    Maddie Weber NC
10 Johns Hopkins Margo Gerke KS
    Anjali Kashyap OH
    Dhanya Asokumar IL
    Chloe Miwa HI
11 Kenyon Erika Oku IL
    Ilana Blackwood JAM
    Ceylan Can FL
    Kayla Pukys OH
    Elena Prenovitz PA
12 Wash U Allyson Persky OH
    Laurel Wanger FL
    Carly Feldman FL
    Emma Sass PA
13 Southwestern (TX) Kate Daugherty TX
    Esther Bowers TX
    Mariana Quetzeri TX
14 Vassar Frances Cornwall CA
    Meghan Rodick HI
    Sarra Yekta NV
15 CWRU Madeleine Paolucci MI
    Mira Amin IL
    Nicole Cardwell OH
    Kenzie Osborne CAN
16 Tufts Patricia Obeid NY
    Kiara Rose NY
    Margot Shea MT
    Haley Rich NJ
17 Middlebury Emily Bian TX
    AnnMartin Skelly SC
18 Whitman Anastasiya Redkina CA
    Kattie Pak CA
19 Austin Melody Duong TX
    Victoria Gilbert TX
    Chandler Morris TX
    Georgia Moore TX
20 UC Santa Cruz Ashley Isaac CA
    Lauren Sandifer CA
    Kayla Manz HI
    Therese Recidoro CA
    Isabelle Brown AZ
    Savana McDowell CA
21 Mary Washington Rachel Cooper GA
    Sophie Dixon MI
    Olivia Moore GA
    Emily Bowerman VA
22 Skidmore Jacqueline Ahn IL
    Risa Fukushige CA
23 Millsaps Grace Gaskins GA
    Ella Shields NC
    Jillian Sandoz LA
    Morgan Jenkins AL
24 Linfield Michelle Uyeda HI
    Haley Fujimori HI
25 Bates Hannah Sweeney MA
    Kruti Navin NJ

Also Receiving Consideration

Our knowledgable panel of D-III coaches 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: Carleton, Denison, Hamilton, Sewanee, Wellesley.


Fly Like an Eagle

The Emory Eagles had a strong run in the 2016-17 season. The defending NCAA team champions entered the 2017 NCAA Championships as the No. 3 seed, advancing to the final against Williams, where the Eagles came up just short - falling to the Ephs in a dramatic 5-4 battle. It was the third straight meeting in the NCAA finals for these two juggernaut D-III programs.

With four of their top six singles players graduating this spring, Eagle coaches Amy Bryant and Barbora Krtickova knew they had work to do on the recruiting trail, and they delivered. This 2017 recruiting class is arguably the strongest recruiting class in Emory program history.

Only two 5-Star recruits have committed to Division III programs this year, and they are both heading to Emory University. Five-star seniors Ysabel Gonzalez Rico and Trisha Sundaram of Florida headline a four-member class that also includes fellow Floridian Stephanie Taylor as well as Sasha Hartje of Michigan.

Coach Bryant once again shows the Emory school and tennis program has the power to attract the nation's best. Emory has appeared in all eight of our Division III rank lists dating back to 2010. 2017 marks the third Eagle recruiting class ranked No. 1 - and the seventh class in the Top 5.


Top Five

The Wesleyan Cardinals check in at No. 2 in our rankings. A trio of four-star seniors - Polina Kiseleva, Zoe Klass-Warch, and Alissa Nakamoto - join Singapore's Chisato Hayakawa and 3-Star Texan Daniela Alvarez to form a powerful fivesome for Head Coach Mike Fried. At No. 2, this is the highest-rated class in program history.

The University of Chicago has three 4-Star recruits of its own. Claire Handa, Daryn Ellison, and Catherine Xu combine to lift Coach Jay Tee's class to No. 3 in our rankings.

The defending NCAA champion Williams Ephs (No. 4) and MIT Engineers (5) round out the Top 5.


Conference Call

The 25 teams in our rankings represent twelve different conferences, with one program - No. 20 UC Santa Cruz - being independent.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference leads all conferences with six Top 25 representatives and three in the Top 10. No. 2 Wesleyan leads the way for the NESCAC, and they are joined by fellow conference members Williams (4), Bowdoin (8), Tufts (16), Middlebury (17), and Bates (25).

The University Athletic Association is right there as well - with five ranked recruiting classes overall. Their five classes are all strong: all five UAA classes are in the Top 15, with three in the Top 10 and two of the Top 3. No. 1 Emory is joined by Chicago (3), Carnegie Mellon (7), Wash U in St. Louis (12), and CWRU (15).

Other conferences with multiple programs on our list are the Liberty League, NWC, and SCAC - all with two ranked classes apiece.


Checking State

The 25 recruiting classes in our rankings are sprinkled across 17 different states - from Washington State to Georgia - and California to Maine.

One states leads the way with three ranked classes - and it is a state that has been there before: Massachusetts. The Commonwealth is known for having a lot of great colleges and universities - including schools with strong tennis programs. This year, Williams (No. 4) MIT (5), and Tufts (16) put Massachusetts up at the top.

Other states with multiple ranked recruiting classes are California, Maine, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia - who each with two ranked recruiting classes.


Welcome Aboard

Five programs are making their first-ever appearance in our NCAA Division III Recruiting Class Rankings. Welcome aboard to Kenyon (11), Austin (19), Millsaps (23), Linfield (24), and Bates (25).


Rankings Wrap

Over the past two weeks, TennisRecruiting.net and YTEX Strings have put out six sets of recruiting class rankings. These rankings recognize hundreds of athletes from the Class of 2017 - 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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