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Top Women's Classes - 2010 Spring Rankings
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Last Monday, The Tennis Recruiting Network kicked off its Spring Recruiting Class Rankings with its list of the top men's classes. Today, we take a look at the women's classes.

We have talked with many college coaches and high school senior players, and the vast majority of top American college-bound seniors have reported commitments. Commitments continue to roll in every day, but they are unlikely to impact the top classes.

The Tennis Recruiting Network is proud to announce the Top 25 women's recruiting classes for the Class of 2010.

 

Media Poll

A panel of junior tennis experts has once again volunteered to help us determine the top classes. Journalists, tournament directors, referees, and ranking chairmen from across the country have taken the time to vote on these recruiting classes. The panelists for this list are shown later in the article.

Each panelist submitted his/her list of 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. Because data for transfer students is so hard to come by, we asked the panelists to not consider transfer students in the voting process.

 

Top 25 Women's Recruiting Classes (through May 10)

Here are the Spring Rankings of the top women's college recruiting classes, presented by the Tennis Recruiting Network. 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, and recruits who are ineligible for the rankings (usually because of enrolling this past spring) are shown in strikethrough These lists are based on all commitments reported through May 10, 2010.

 
Rank School Rating  Name State Points Prev
1 Georgia (17) A. Anghelescu GA 449 1
    Kate Fuller GA
    Alina Jerjomina FL
    Lilly Kimbell TX
    Rachael Hart GA
    Maho Kowase JPN
2 Stanford (1) Kristie Ahn NJ 430 4
    Nicole Gibbs CA
    Elizabeth Ecker WI
    Amelia Herring CA
3 Duke Rachel Kahan CT 389 2
    Hanna Mar IL
    Jessica Stiles NJ
4 Northwestern Nida Hamilton IL 388 13
    Belinda Niu OR
    Natalie Edell CA
5 Alabama Alexandra Clay GA 365 3
    Mary Anne Macfarlane UT
6 Florida Alexandra Cercone FL 345 5
    Olivia Janowicz FL
7 Michigan Brooke Bolender FL 337 6
    Samantha Critser CA
8 Yale Blair Seideman NY 282 7
    Annie Sullivan IL
    Kim Szokol IL
9 Texas Elizabeth Begley TX 257 19
    C. Gaytan-Leach CA
10 Vanderbilt Emily Gelber NY 255 15
    Alexandra Leatu CO
    Maria Mira LA
11 Notre Dame Jennifer Kellner NY 254 8
    Julie Sabacinski FL
    Britney Sanders CA
    J. Manningham IN
12 Auburn Jacqueline Kasler FL 243 NR
    Emily Newton AL
    M. Arechavaleta URU
    Olivia Bennett TRI
13 UCLA Courtney Dolehide IL 231 12
14 USC Kaitlyn Christian CA 219 10
15 Arizona Lacey Smyth CA 216 11
    Susan McRann IRL
    Kim Stubbe BEL
16 Tennessee Brynn Boren CA 190 9
    Millie Nichols TX
    Whitney Wofford TX
17 Clemson Maria Belaya FL 146 16
18 Virginia Caryssa Peretz NJ 141 14
    Marjorie Baker DC
19 Texas Tech Samantha Adams TX 122 20
    Haley Fournier KS
    Nikki Sanders CA
    Lindsey Tristan TX
    Abby Lewis TX
20 Oklahoma Mia Lancaster OK 99 21
    Whitney Ritchie OK
21 Brown Ariel Caldwell GA 89 17
    Jessica Harrow CA
    Maxine Thomas CA
22 Princeton Katherine Flanigan CA 75 22
    Brett Ellen Keeler TX
23 North Carolina Tessa Lyons PA 72 NR
    Laura Slater GBR
24 Illinois Allison Falkin GA 67 23
    Michelle Kedzierski MO
25 UC Davis Megan Heneghan CA 65 18
    Nicole Koehly CA
    Kelly Chui CA
 

Also Receiving Votes

Other women's programs receiving votes are: UMass (26), Dartmouth (23), N.C. State (18), Rice (16), Wisconsin (13), Miami (FL) (9), Minnesota (8), Amherst (3), Harvard (2), Boston College (2), Emory (1), Columbia (1), DePaul (1), UNC Wilmington (1).

 

Top Dawgs

The Georgia Bulldogs were the top team in our Winter Rankings published in February, so it is not too surprising that they are back at No. 1 in the spring. What is surprising is that they added two more Blue Chip recruits along with a Japanese national champion this spring.

Georgia's class includes an unprecedented four Blue Chip recruits - Alexandra Anghelescu, Kate Fuller, Alina Jerjomina, and Lilly Kimbell - along with Japan's Maho Kowase and 4-Star recruit Rachael Hart.

The Bulldogs captured 17 of the 18 first-place votes - and 449 of the 450 available points in our poll.

 

New Arrivals

Although there is a great deal of reordering of classes between our Winter and Spring rankings, this poll features only two new programs that were previously unranked: No. 12 Auburn and No. 23 North Carolina. Both schools attracted a blend of U.S. and international players to push them into the rankings.

There are four new faces in the Top 10, led by Northwestern at No. 4. The Wildcats added Oregon Blue Chip Belinda Niu to climb near the top of all recruiting classes.

Other programs new to the Top 10 are Texas (No. 9) and Vanderbilt (10).

 

Conference Breakdown

The SEC leads all conferences with six of their twelve programs in the rankings. All six ranked programs are in the top 16, including four among the top 10. Georgia leads the way at No. 1, followed by Alabama (5), Florida (6), Vanderbilt (10), Auburn (12), and Tennessee (16).

Other conferences with multiple programs in the Top 25 are the ACC (4 programs), Pac-10 (4), Big 10 (3), Big 12 (3), and the Ivy League (3).

The sole mid-major program in the rankings this time around is UC Davis out of the Big West Conference. The Aggies check in at No. 25.

 

Panelists for May 2010

The 18 panelists for this voting period are shown below alphabetically. Please join us in thanking them for donating their time and talents to this effort.

  • Joe Braden, Director of Tennis at Schwartz Tennis Center, Purdue University, Vice-President of Central Indiana Tennis Association, USPTA Member
  • Casey Chapin, USTA National Referee and Director, Director, Hudlow Tennis Center
  • Sonny Dearth, Daily Press newspaper and dailypress.com Web site in Newport News, Va.
  • Tim Donovan, Donovan Tennis Strategies, DTS College Prospects Showcases
  • Sally Grabham, National Tournament Director, USTA Winter Nationals, President of USTA Central Arizona
  • Granger Huntress, Texas College Tennis blog, Communications/IT manager for USTA/Texas
  • Larry Jackson, Director, Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy, National Tournament Director
  • Adam Jasick, Director of Tennis-Miller Tennis Center, National Tournament Director, PTR National Tester and Clinician, USA Tennis High Performance Coaching Program Graduate
  • Pua Johnson, USTA National and ITA Collegiate Referee
  • Ali Jones, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net.
  • Ernie Katko, Director at Herrmann Tennis Academy, USTA High Performance Coach, USPTA, USPTR
  • David "The Koz" Kozlowski, Inside Tennis With The Koz, The Tennis Channel
  • 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, USTA Hardcourts
  • Marc Lucero, Contributor to TennisRecruiting.net, Private Coach, Former Princeton assistant tennis coach
  • Phil Parrish, Tennis Director, The Longfellow Club, National Tournament Director, Former College Coach
  • Clayton Taylor, Director of U.S. ITF Hardcourt Championships, Director of Tennis at The Atlantic Club,
  • Julie Wrege, TennisInformation.com, TennisRecruiting.net, National Tournament Director, former USTA ranking chair
 

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