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Top Women's Classes - 2017 Spring Rankings
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Happy Memorial Day! As the unofficial start of summer hits, many changes occur in college tennis and recruiting. The 2016-17 college season officially wraps up today with the conclusion of the singles and doubles competition. And as school comes to an end, junior competition heats up considerably - with section championshps, team competition, and two gold-ball events taking place over the next two months.

There is no time like the present to take a look at the top recruiting classes. Last week, we started the process with a look at the top men's classes. This week the women take center stage.

Today, The Tennis Recruiting Network announces the Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes for the Class of 2017, presented by YTEX Strings.

 

Media Poll

The Tennis Recruiting Network and YTEX 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 they also did not consider players that started college this past January.

 

Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes (through April 30)

Here are the Spring Rankings of the top women's college recruiting classes, presented by YTEX Strings. The Top 25 classes are shown in order, with the point totals and previous ranking from the winter in the two columns at right. The number of first-place votes is shown in parentheses next to the school name.

New recruits for schools are shown in bold italics, while seniors who switched commitments are shown with strikethrough. These lists are based on all commitments reported through April 30, 2017.

 
Rank School Rating  Name State Points Prev
1 Georgia (16) Katarina Jokic BIH 538 1
    Morgan Coppoc OK
    Annette Goulak CA
2 UCLA (3) Caroline Dolehide IL 501 2
    Helen Altick LA
3 North Carolina Alexandra Sanford OH 448 19
    Vivian Glozman WA
    Anna Harmon NC
4 Stanford Michaela Gordon CA 426 15
    Janice Shin TX
    Avanika Narayan CA
5 LSU (1) Eden Richardson GBR 418 3
    Alexandra Bozovic AUS
    Elyse Lavender NC
6 Vanderbilt (1) Emily Appleton GBR 412 RV
    Amanda Meyer FL
    Lauren Gish NC
7 Texas A&M Dorthea Faa Hviding NOR 393 RV
    Iulia Ivascu ROU
    Tatiana Makarova RUS
    Riley McQuaid CA
8 Notre Dame Ally Bojczuk TN 380 9
    Caroline Dunleavy CT
    Cameron Corse MD
    Evangeline Shannon MI
9 Duke Kelly Chen CA 336 4
    Ema Lazic GBR
10 Columbia Christie Wan CA 324 5
    Jennifer Kerr CA
    Sarah Rahman NY
    Paulina Ferrari CA
11 Florida State Carla Touly FRA 318 13
    Petra Hule AUS
    Lucie Prochazkova CZE
12 Georgia Tech Ida Jarlskog SWE 309 6
    Victoria Flores IA
13 Central Florida Rebeka Stolmar HUN 265 12
    Caroline Werner GER
    S. Bordes Caselles ESP
    Ksenia Kuznetsova RUS
    M. Martinez Martinez ESP
14 Kansas State Margot Decker FRA 256 NR
    Maria Linares VEN
    Anna Turco ITA
15 Illinois Asuka Kawai IL 250 8
    Alexandra Belaya FL
    Mia Rabinowitz NJ
    Emilee Duong CA
16 Yale Samantha Martinelli CO 237 7
    Mimi Levine CA
    Lauren Gillinov OH
17 Purdue Ena Babic CRO 150 10
    Seira Shimizu JPN
    Zala Dovnik SLO
18 South Carolina Megan Davies GBR 143 21
    Nikolina Jovic BIH
    Kennedy Wicker NC
    Keely Lassiter SC
19 Penn J. Rodriguez-Benito FL 121 NR
    Jennifer Richards CA
    Danielle Obolevitch FL
    Marija Curnic CRO
20 TCU Stevie Kennedy FL 115 17
    Meredith Roberts MS
    Elizabeth Tedford TX
21 Harvard Jenna Moustafa CA 109 16
    Neha Gupta CA
    Anna Li PA
22 Boston College Natasha Irani CAN 100 11
    Maria Ross FL
    Loren Haukova NY
    Reagan Posorske MA
23 Loyola Marymount Eva Marie Voracek GER 87 14
    Alexandra Zaicenco MDA
24 N.C. State Dominique Schaefer CA 78 NR
    Taylor Bridges AZ
25 Princeton Stephanie Schrage NJ 70 23
    Nathalie Rodilosso NY
 

Also Receiving Votes

Other women's programs receiving votes are: Wisconsin (69), Arizona (44), Penn State (37), Florida (36), Florida International (31), Virginia Tech (21), Cincinnati (19), Dartmouth (18), Wake Forest (18), CSU Fullerton (16), Boston University (13), Missouri (12), Alabama (10), Cornell (5), Indiana (5), Washington State (5), Maryland (3), Michigan State (2), James Madison (1), New Mexico (1).

 

Dawgs On Top

Just like in the winter, the Georgia Bulldogs once again sit at the top of our rankings. Georgia earned 538 of a possible 550 points, receiving 16 first-place votes of the 22 cast.

Georgia reached the Round of 16 in this year's NCAA Championships with only one senior on the roster. We covered the commitments of Blue Chip Americans Morgan Coppoc and Annette Goulak last fall in this article Head Coach Jeff Wallace also has a commitment from Serbian standout Katarina Jokic who has a career-high WTA ranking of No. 604.

 

New Faces Toward the Top

There are two new recruiting in our Top 5 this spring, but neither of them were able to catch the UCLA Bruins who remain in second place. The two-woman class of Caroline Dolehide and Helen Altick - both Top-10 recruits in the 2017 Class Rankings - garnered 501 points and three first-place votes from our panel. This duo should give the Bruins a boost in 2017-18 after reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament this past season.

In the No. 3 and 4 spots are the North Carolina Tar Heels and Stanford Cardinal, respectively. Both teams added recruits to climb from outside the Top 15 last winter to their new spots in the Top 5 this spring. UNC received 448 points in the voting, while Stanford got 426.

Rounding out the Top 5 is the LSU Tigers who received a first-place vote.

 

Welcome Aboard

There have been quite a few commitments so far during the spring/summer signing period, and five schools have climbed into our Top 25.

A pair of SEC newcomers shows in the Top 10 - No. 6 Vanderbilt and No. 7 Texas A&M. The Commodores, who won the NCAA Championship in 2015 and reached the Final Four in 2016, had another great year in 2017 - reaching the semifinals. Their three-woman class includes British standout Emily Appleton as well as Blue Chip senior Amanda Meyer.

The Texas A&M Aggies vaulted into the rankings with a four-woman class that includes three international recruits as well as 5-Star senior Riley McQuaid of California.

Other teams new to our rankings this spring are the Kansas State Wildcats (No. 14), Penn Quakers (19), and N.C. State Wolfpack (24).

 

Conference Call

The SEC, ACC, and Ivy League conferences share top honors this year - they collectively have 17 of the 25 classes in our rankings.

The SEC has five Top 25 classes, and four of those show up in the Top 7. Top-ranked Georgia leads the way, and they are joined by LSU (No. 5), Vanderbilt (6), and Texas A&M (7).

The ACC leads all ocnferences with seven ranked classes. No. 3 North Carolina leads the way along with Notre Dame (8), Duke (9), Florida State (11), Georgia Tech (12), Boston College (22), and N.C. State (24).

Finally, the Ivy League once again put more than half its institutions in our rankings, as Columbia (10), Yale (16), Penn (19), Harvard (21), and Princeton (25) all appear on our Top 25 list.

 

Outside the Power 6

Two programs in our rankings come from outside the so-called "Power 6" tennis conferences: the Central Florida Knights (No. 13) and Loyola Marymount Lions (23).

UCF has been making lots of upgrades to their tennis programs. The Knights play many matches at the beautiful USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, and they hired Bryan Koniecko as their head coach just last summer. This year, Koniecko is bringing in Central Florida's first-ever ranked recruiting class, as four international students come to Orlando next year.

LMU Head Coach Agustin Moreno is also bringing the Lions their first ranked recruiting class. Eva Marie Voracek of Germany and Alexandra Zaicenco of Moldova will arrive on the Del Rey Hills bluffs this Fall.

 

Panelists for May 2017

The 22 panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. We sincerely appreciate them donating their time and talents to this effort. Please join us in thanking them when you see them out and about in the tennis world.

  • 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 Prospects Showcases
  • Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA National Sportsmanship Committee, Southwest Junior Competition Committee, Southwest Section Executive Committee
  • Larry Haugness, USTA/Missouri Valley Executive Committee, Former ITF and USTA National Tournament Director, PTR National Tester, USPTA, Junior Davis Cup Coach
  • Marty Hennessy, Director of Tennis at The Stirling Club, USPTA professional, National Tournament Director
  • Granger Huntress, Texas College Tennis blog
  • Ali Jones, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, USTA/Texas Junior Tennis Blog
  • Ernie Katko, Junior Development Coach in Chicago, USTA High Performance Coach, USTA/Midwest High Performance Committee
  • Bobby Knight, College Tennis Today
  • 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
  • Rick Limpert, Tennis Recruiting contributor, freelance writer
  • Tony Minnis, Former head coach, LSU women's tennis, principal at Advantage Tennis Recruiting, host of College Sports Weekly on Fox College Sports
  • Phil Parrish, Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
  • Robert Sasseville, National Tournament Director, USTA Junior Competition Committee Member, USTA National Referee
  • Lisa Stone, ParentingAces.com
  • Clayton Taylor, Former ATP and Collegiate Coach. Former Director of U.S. International Hard Courts and National Opens
  • Julie Wrege, TennisInformation.com, TennisRecruiting.net, former National Tournament Director, former USTA junior ranking chair and USTA Tennis Rules Committee member
 

Up Next... Mid-Major Rankings

TennisRecruiting.net will publish the first of its mid-major rankings next week on Monday, June 8th.

 
 

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