Notes

The table above lists all recruits as of May 25, 2019. 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:   Air Force, Charleston Southern, Delaware, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Oral Roberts, St. John's (NY), UMass, William & Mary

 

Riding the Wave

Pepperdine University had a spectacular season in 2018-19. The Waves won their 8th straight WCC regular season title and 7th straight conference tournament, earning the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championships. Pepperdine went on to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament and ending the year at No. 6 in the Oracle/ITA Rankings.

Pepperdine is looking to build on its 2019 success
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Head Coach Per Nilsson anticipates losing three top players from his roster, but he is looking to reload as he usually does. Pepperdine has two of the best recruits in the world heading to Malibu next year - both from Scandinavia - that make up the No. 1 mid-major recruiting class in college tennis. Both Astrid Wanja Brune Olsen of Norway and Lisa Zaar of Sweden have been competing in ITF events. Both young women have wins in $15K tournaments, with Brune Olsen and Zaar achieving singles rankings of 445 and 370, respectively, and doubles rankings of 105 and 197.

With a strong recruiting class to go with a strong culture, the future looks bright for Pepperdine.

 

Give Me Five

Old Dominion Head Coach Dominic Manilla has been at the helm of the women’s tennis program for eight seasons - and those seasons have seen success. Four Monarch recruiting classes have been ranked among the Top 25 in the mid-majors, including three years out of the last four. This year, ODU earned its second-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Next year, its two-woman class of Alexandra Viktorovitch (Sweden) and Shahar Biran (Israel) make up the program’s best-ranked class in history at No. 2 in the mid-majors and No. 21 overall.

Southern Methodist University Head Coach Kati Gyulai resigned her post at the end of the 2018-19 season, but she is certainly not leaving the cupboard bare. The Mustangs have a two-woman class arriving this Fall consisting of Isabella Tcherkes Zade (Italy) and Valeriya Rozenkova (Ukraine). That duo makes up the No. 3 mid-major class in the country.

The Florida International Panthers (No. 4) and San Diego Toreros (5) round out our Top 5.

 

State Breakdown

The 25 recruiting classes in our rankings come from programs in 18 different states as well as the District of Columbia, representing all regions of the country. California leads all states with four programs on the list and two in the Top 10. Top-ranked Pepperdine and No. 5 San Diego are joined in the rankings by the Cal Poly Mustangs (No. 14) and the University of the Pacific Tigers (16).

Three other states have two ranked classes apiece, starting with Texas. The Lone Star State has two classes in the Top 10: SMU (3) and North Texas (6). The commonwealths of Virginia and Massachusetts also have two ranked classes apiece.

 

Conference Call

Conference USA stands out on our list with six ranked recruiting classes. In addition to Top 10 classes Old Dominion (No. 2), Florida International (4), and North Texas (6), C-USA is represented in the rankings by the Marshall Thundering Herd (17), Charlotte 49ers (18), and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (24).

The West Coast Conference is also distinguished with four ranked classes and three among the Top 10; Pepperdine (1), San Diego (5), Gonzaga (8), and Pacific (16).

These two conferences - C-USA and WCC - are the only two conferences outside the Power 6 to send multiple teams to the NCAA Team Championships.

 

D-III Presence

For programs from NCAA Division III made this list - and they all hail from the northeast. The Babson Beavers (No. 20) and MIT Engineers (25) both represent the NEWMAC, and they are joined in the rankings by Carnegie Mellon (21) and Wesleyan (CT) (22).

 

Next Up ... NCAA Division III Rankings

With the mid-major rankings wrapped up, TennisRecruiting.net and Mizuno will next turn to ranking the top recruiting classes in NCAA Division III. On Monday we will see the Top D-III men's rankings - and we will wrap up our spring recruiting class rankings with the Top D-III women next Friday.

 
 

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