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2018 Top NCAA D-III Women's Classes

For the past four weeks, TennisRecruiting.nethas been looking at the Class of 2018 - publishing recruiting class ranking lists for different groups of schools. Today, we wrap up our rankings with a look at the Top 25 recruiting classes in D-III women’s college tennis.


Top 25 NCAA D-III Women's Recruiting Classes (through May 28)

TennisRecruiting.net is excited to present the Top 25 NCAA Division III Women's Recruiting Classes for 2018. This list is based on commitments reported on or before May 28, 2018.

We enlisted the help of a number of NCAA Division III enthusiasts, coaches, and insiders to aid in the rankings. While we do not publish a list of our helpers, we absolutely appreciate their assistance. And as with all of our lists, these rankings do not consider incoming transfer students or players who were on college rosters in 2017-18.

So let’s get to it … your Top 25:



The table above lists all recruits as of May 28, 2018. In addition to the Star Rating, we display the highest TRN and ITF junior rankings for each player over the 6-month period prior to the voting, and for international players we display the TRN ranking they would hold if eligible. We also display current WTA and UTR numbers from the date the voting began.


Also Receiving Consideration

We reviewed the resumes for more than 50 teams for these rankings. Teams that received strong consideration and almost made our list are (alphabetically) as follows: Redlands, Rhodes, TCNJ


Fear the Beaver

There’s a new sheriff in town, and she’s armed with a slide rule.

OK - engineers no longer use slide rules, but a quick look at the MIT roster shows three women majoring in math, three in computer science, two in engineering, and, for good measure, one graduating senior with a double major in math/computer science. And this is the roster for a team that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Team Championships as well as having players reach the quarterfinals in both the NCAA singles and doubles championships. That is Division III tennis at its best.

Head Coach Carol Matsuzaki just wrapped up her 20th season at MIT, and it was a good one. The Engineers posted their first-ever 20-win season, continued an unblemished NEWMAC regular-season record that dates back six years, won the NEWMAC tournament title, and posted 9 wins over nationally-ranked teams on the way to reaching that Elite Eight - which matches the best NCAA performance in school history. For her efforts, Matsuzaki was named ITA National Coach of the Year - an honor that seems well-deserved.

Matsuzaki has made her mark on the recruiting trail as well, posting a ranked class in all nine D-III lists TRN has published over the years.

But this year is special. MIT’s recruiting classes have been ranked as high as No. 5 on three past occasions, but this year’s haul is worthy of the No. 1 spot. And that means we went a graphic design shop to commission the Beaver mascot that adorns this article.

The class is headlined by 5-Star senior Amber Shen of Broomfield, Colo., who has been ranked as high as No. 30 in the senior class. TRN’s Rhiannon Potkey had a conversation with Shen this past spring about her commitment. Also heading to Cambridge this fall are 3-Star senior Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.) and Viktoriya Tabunshchyk of Burlington, Ontario.

This trio will try and backfill the loss of several key seniors who will graduate - including two players who were regulars in the singles lineup. It should be a challenge for the Engineers, but it would be unwise to bet against Matsuzaki.


Give Me Five

The University of Chicago is a fixture in our recruiting class rankings, and this year’s Maroon class is ranked No. 2 among Division III programs. 4-Star recruits Lauren Park (La Canada, Calif.), Nicole Semenov (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Annika Pandey (Bee Cave, Texas) are all heading to Chicago, and they will be joined by 3-Star athletes Lainey Axell (Plymouth, Minn.) and Eugenia Lee (Allison Park, Pa.).

In the No. 3 spot is Wesleyan University. The Cardinals are expecting a talented 3-woman class with Americans Kristina Yu (New Braunfels, Texas) and Alexis Almy (Southborough, Mass.) as well as Venia Yeung of Hong Kong.

The Carnegie Mellon Tartans and Amherst Mammoths round out the Top 5 at No. 4 and 5, respectively.


State Breakdown

The 25 classes in our rankings come from 14 different states - with Massachusetts taking top billing. Five ranked classes call Massachusetts home, including three classes in the Top 10. No. 1 MIT leads the way with fellow Top 10 programs Amherst (No. 5) and WIlliams (9). Other classes in the rankings from Massachusetts are Tufts (11) and Babson (25).

Other states with more than two ranked classes are California and Maine - with three ranked classes apiece.


Conference Call

Of the 11 conferences in the rankings, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) leads the way - and in a big way. Seven ranked classes hail from the NESCAC, including Wesleyan (No. 3), Amherst (5), Williams (9), Bowdoin (10), Tufts (11), Middlebury (13), and Colby (21).

Other conferences with more than two programs on our Top 25 list are the UAA and SCIAC with four and three ranked classes, respectively.


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Colette Lewis has covered topflight junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Read her weekly column, follow her on Twitter, and and find more of her daily commentary at ZooTennis.

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