March 30, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In an article released by tennisrecruiting.net today, Yale was ranked in the Tennis Recruiting Network's Top 20 Men's Division I Tennis Recruiting Classes for 2006-2007. At No. 14, Yale was one of three teams in the Ivy League ranked in the top 20, behind Penn (No. 11) and ahead of Harvard (No. 16).
Though Yale will lose four seniors to graduation this year - Matthew Feldman, Milosz Gudzowski, Rowan Reynolds, and William Vidal - their top three recruits appear well-prepared to contribute to next year's team.
Connor Dawson of St. Charles, Ill., a five-star recruit according to the website, has competed this year in the USTA National Open in Cincinnati, OH as well as the USTA Spring National Championships in Mobile, Ala. Dawson achieved a No. 46 ranking on Jan. 17 in the network's national recruiting list, and is the No. 3 overall recruit from Illinois. Since Apr. 9, 2005, Dawson has amassed a 30-15 record in national competitions.
Joining Dawson will be Matthew Schimmel, a senior at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. Also a five-star recruit, Schimmel is currently ranked No. 48 in the network's national recruiting list and No. 8 among players from Florida. His tennis resume is impressive, as Schimmel is a two-time state champion in class 2A singles, won the state doubles class 2A title in 2004, and was a high school All-American in 2005.
Rounding out the players featured in the TRN's Top 20 list is Hyatt Bailey of Honolulu, HI. Bailey is currently the No. 244 recruit in the nation, and No. 3 among players from Hawaii. Bailey's tennis accomplishments over the past year include a win in the Kauai Fall Jr. Open on Oct. 9, 2005 in Koloa, HI and a semifinal appearance in the USTA Aloha Airlines Jr. Sectional held June 10-13, 2005 in Oahu.
A complete list of the Top 20 Division I Recruiting Schools can be found at tennisrecruiting.net.
Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity