NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's tennis team peaked at a national ranking of No. 24 last season, the best in school history. The Bulldogs look to improve on that ranking this season, and welcome the No. 8 freshman class in the country according to The Tennis Recruiting Network. Yale was the only Ivy League school ranked in the top 20. This is Yale's second straight season with one of the best recruiting classes in the country, as the Bulldogs were ranked No. 14 last year.
Yale's freshmen include one blue chip recruit based on The Tennis Recruiting Network rankings: Blair Seideman (Glen Head, N.Y.). The Bulldogs also have two five-star recruits in Annie Sullivan (Deerfield, Ill.) and Kim Szokol (Winnetka, Ill.). Seideman was ranked as the eighth-best recruit in the country. Sullivan was ranked as high as No. 28, and Szokol peaked at No. 43.
The three new Bulldogs join six returnees from a team that finished the season ranked No. 44 in the country after posting a 16-6 record (5-2 Ivy League). Yale won the ECAC Championships and peaked at a ranking of No. 24, the highest in school history. Yale beat six ranked opponents during the season.
Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:
Glen Head, N.Y.
Jericho High School
No. 8 Blue Chip recruit for Class of 2010 by Tennisrecruiting.net … 2009 New York State High School Singles Champion … 2009 Nassau County Singles Champion … Sixth place at G18s Super National Winter Championships … Finalist at 2 G18s National Opens … Fourth place at G16s Super National Clay Court Championships … G16s National Open Champion … 2010 Champion of Singles and Doubles at ITA Summer Circuit tournament hosted by Dartmouth … Ranked as high as No. 7 in G18s USTA National rankings and No. 1 in USTA Eastern Section … National High School All American 2010 … Captain of Jericho High School Tennis Team in senior year and had an 54-0 singles record throughout all three seasons at No. 1 singles … All Division … All County … All Long Island … All State … Newsday Long Island Tennis Player of the Year 2009 … Member of National Honor Society … Spanish Honor Society … AP Scholar … Only official recruiting visit was to Yale, also unofficially visited Harvard, Northwestern and Virginia.
Earned highest national tennisrecruiting.net ranking, No. 28, as a senior … Reached No. 7 in the Midwest rankings as a junior ... Won National St. Louis Clay Courts Tournament … Fourth place at National Midwest Open … Fourth place at National K-Swiss Championships … Had wins over players ranked No. 3, No. 4, and No. 15 in the country … Took official visits to Notre Dame and Yale.
New Trier High School
Rated a five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net … Rated as 43rd best recruit in her class … Third place (doubles), sixth place (singles) at St. Louis Clay Court Championships 2009 … singles quarterfinalist, doubles semifinalist at 2010 National Open … Third place (doubles) at 2009 National Open … Round of 16 (doubles) at Clay Courts 2009 … Ranked as high as No. 7 in the Midwest Section in 18U … Ranked as high as No. 60 in the Nation in 18U … Cancelled official visits to other schools because she loved Yale so much.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity