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2008-2009 Recruiting Classes of Top Schools

In November and April of every year, we get a sneak peak at which juniors are going where. With the 1st signing period a couple weeks away combined with my insomnia, I decided to see how the top schools are doing with their 2008 recruiting class.

I believe the following is correct: For those of you that don't know, a school is only allowed 8 scholarship players, which means depending on the class standing/transfers of current team members a school can only recruit based on how many spots there are for that year. For example at USC this year, Lindsey Nelson is the only senior on scholarship. This means that only one new freshman on scholarship can be recruited and Alison Ramos has claimed that spot.

Below lists all of the top schools (in my opinion) and their projected number of scholarships avaliable for the 2008-2009 season. This is a little more useful than tennisrecruiting.net because as spots get filled up you can determine where your favorite junior can still go and can not go.

+ represent "blue chips"
* represent a school maybe using only 7 scholarships at the moment, they might add recruits in January, or I'm uncertain (this only pertains to UCLA)

I did not include Baylor or TCU since their squads are predominatly international players. Some schools are completely done with recruiting. Again this is by no means perfect so bare with me if there are errors.

Arizona State
1. Sianna Simmons
2.

California
1. Stephany Chang +
2. Mari Andersson
3. Jana Juricova

Clemson
1. Keri Wong +
2.

Duke
1.

Georgia
1. Nadja Gilchrist +
2. Chelsea Gullickson +

Georgia Tech
1. Hillary Davis +
2. Irina Falconi +
3. Viet Ha Ngo

Florida
1. Joanna Mather +
2. Jessica Alexander (Jan '09)
3. Barbara Pinterova

Miami
1. Julia Cohen (Transfer)
2.
3.
4. *

North Carolina
1. Shinann Featherston +
2. Stefi Gjine

Northwestern
1. Stacey Lee +

Notre Dame
1. Kristy Frilling +
2. Shannon Mathews +
3. *

Stanford
1. Logan Hansen +
2. Courtney Clayton +
3. Veronica Li +

Texas
1. Krista Damico

UCLA
1. Nina Pantic +
2. Maya Johansson (Transfer)
3.
Walk-on: Alexandria Walters, Carling Seguso (?)

USC
1. Alison Ramos +

Vanderbilt
1. Chelsea Preeg +
2. Heather Steinbauer
3. Jacqueline Wu +

Virginia
1. Claire Bartlett +
2. Lindsey Hardenbergh

William & Mary
1. Katie Kargl

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TennisAce -

thanks for the info...didn't know each team had only 8 scholarships to use. questions for ya...if GT's R Marino was the top new recruit, where does Stanford's L Hansen rank?

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thanks for the info...didn't know each team had only 8 scholarships to use. questions for ya...if GT's R Marino was the top new recruit, where does Stanford's L Hansen rank?
Well almost all teams have 8 scholarships, I know that Ivy schools don't offer athletic scholarships. I'm not quite sure if they have to pay out of pocket or if they are offered some sort of financial package.

Marino is one of the top recruits, currently No. 2, according to tennisrecruiting.net. They rank players by class and have some other criteria which divides them into blue chips, 5 star, 4 star, 3 star, 2 star, and 1 star. Logan Hansen is a blue chip as well although she's ranked No. 23. Its a leading misleading though as she hasn't played much. I know she took of her junior year so she could concentrate on academics (to improve her chances of going to Stanford, or another top school). She also had injury that kept her out for awhile. There's a reason why Stanford offered her an early committment aka she's no slouch and she's a lot better than she's playing right now.
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Re: 2008-2009 Recruiting Classes of Top Schools

I think Chelsey Gullickson commited to UGA but I am not sure so dont quote me...I think she committed to a college though...

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I think Chelsey Gullickson commited to UGA but I am not sure so dont quote me...I think she committed to a college though...
Interesting. This is why this thread isn't an exact science. Currently there are only 6 players on the Georgia roster (assuming each is on scholarship although Adrienne Elsberry may not) and Georgia was suppose to get two Canadian players: Monika Lalewicz and Jillian O'Neil this year. I know a lot of times, especially with European players they don't arrive until January. This could be the case or maybe one or more of them decided not to come. With only one player graduating, Kelly Hyndman, and the prospect of Gilchrist and Gullickson arriving next year that means they would be one scholarship over.

Unless next year Elsberry is not on the team. Gullickson would definitely make Georgia much stronger. Georgia's been on the slide in recent years, although that could be contributed to the increase in depth in college tennis and the spread of high quality talent over multiple schools (ie the boom of Notre Dame, Georgia Tech). Virigina is about to become a top school (which is why I included them here).
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More signs are pointing to blue chip Stephany Chang's committment to UC Berkeley.
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More signs are pointing to blue chip Stephany Chang's committment to UC Berkeley.
Isn't she from the Bay Area?

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Isn't she from the Bay Area?
Yes. She's from your neck of the woods in Mountain View.
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Courtney Clayton is suppose to announce her committment on Wednesday. She's deciding among Duke, Florida, Harvard, Northwestern, and Stanford. I didn't realize that freshman Alex Clayton on the Stanford team is her brother. She also has another brother, Chris, who plays for Harvard.

Despite all those top tennis schools, it might look like she's heading to Harvard. While I understand why some top tennis players attend the Ivies its really a step down from the level these top juniors are playing. Same with Lauren Mchale who says she wants to continue her growth playing NCAA, yet her choices are Yale, Princeton, and Virginia.
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Courtney Clayton is suppose to announce her committment on Wednesday. She's deciding among Duke, Florida, Harvard, Northwestern, and Stanford. I didn't realize that freshman Alex Clayton on the Stanford team is her brother. She also has another brother, Chris, who plays for Harvard.

Despite all those top tennis schools, it might look like she's heading to Harvard. While I understand why some top tennis players attend the Ivies its really a step down from the level these top juniors are playing. Same with Lauren Mchale who says she wants to continue her growth playing NCAA, yet her choices are Yale, Princeton, and Virginia.
Correction: Courtney is heading to Stanford. Big catch for the Cardinals and a huge blow to Florida. It makes more sense to head to Stanford compared to Harvard, especially with the quality of tennis.
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Correction: Courtney is heading to Stanford. Big catch for the Cardinals and a huge blow to Florida. It makes more sense to head to Stanford compared to Harvard, especially with the quality of tennis.
Right on! Another Blue Chip for the Card!

Stanford has 3 seniors this season, and so that is why you have 3 slots under their name. But they have 10 players on the roster...if they only are allowed 8 scholarships, I wonder who isn't getting a full ride? My guess is Megan Doheny since she doesn't play much, but I wonder who the other one is...

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Right on! Another Blue Chip for the Card!

Stanford has 3 seniors this season, and so that is why you have 3 slots under their name. But they have 10 players on the roster...if they only are allowed 8 scholarships, I wonder who isn't getting a full ride? My guess is Megan Doheny since she doesn't play much, but I wonder who the other one is...
Doheny and Isamarie Perez are the non-scholarship players on the Stanford team. Each team is only allowed to give 8 scholarships. Its not as simple as how many graduating players there are which determines the number of spots avaliable. Sometimes it works like that but not always.

For example two years from now when Jessica Nguyen and Megan Doheny graduate, Stanford will only have 1 scholarship to give despite two graduating seniors. That of course would be because Doheny is not a scholarship player.

It terms of securing talent, obviously with three spots up this year Stanford wants to capitalize on getting the best. Sometimes it doesn't work out well because 1) there aren't enough really good juniors or 2) they go to another school. By snagging Clayton it prevents other schools from getting her and especially hurts teams that also have a large number of spots to fill (ie Miami, UCLA, and Cal who need to fill four scholarship spots).

For juniors, its really a game of luck to hope that 1) the school you want has enough openings and 2) your good enough to get a spot.
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I kind of put two and two together. The Weil Academy in Ojai, California (basically Indian Wells), especially for the girls has been feeding into Georgia Tech with Kirsten Flower and Rebecca Marino heading there in consecutive years.

Interestingly enough, I kind of wondered why Marino when on an unofficial visit to Cal. I think its partially because two of their boys players, Kallim Stewart and Bohzidar Katsarov, have gone to Cal in the last two years from Weil. Its certainly interesting to see how academies influence college choices. For example I know that a lot of players from the Heritage Academy end up at Georgia. In recent years, Kelley Hyndman, Naoko Ueshima, and now Nadja Gilchrist.
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I think Chelsey Gullickson commited to UGA but I am not sure so dont quote me...I think she committed to a college though...
You are correct, she is a Bulldog and Monika Lalewicz appears to no longer be going to UGA.

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Keri Wong, a blue chip, makes a slightly unusual choice to Clemson which is predominantly an "international" school. But her an Ani Mijacika will be an interesting one-two combo next year.

What I find interesting, is where is Florida? With three spots to fill, they better have something up they're sleeve. It kind of makes you wonder why no one has picked them yet.

P.S. Today is the first day of signing week in which recruits can officially committ to schools. As of now, they have been verbal committments, which means technically they can still decide to go to another school. That usually doesn't happen. But once a letter of intent is signed they are required to go to that school for I believe at least one year before transfering if they decide to do that.

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