ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team's 2012-13 recruiting class took the top spot in TennisRecruiting.net's annual Top Mid-Major Women's Classes list announced on Friday.
TennisRecruiting.net is the leading resource for junior tennis players, college coaches and amateur tennis enthusiasts. The website based its rankings on GSU's two signees through May 21, Natallia Vavulina and Linn Timmermann. The website reviewed the classes for more than 50 programs when compiling the rankings.
Of Georgia State, TennisRecruiting.Net wrote, "Fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac has been steadily building the women's tennis program at his alma mater, Georgia State University...Lisac is bringing in a recruiting class with two strong women - Natallia Vavulina of Belarus and Linn Timmermann of Germany - that should contribute to the lineup right away."
Vavulina, a native of Minsk, Belarus, is a proven winner overseas with victories over players ranked No. 47, 66, 79, 84 and 95 in the ITF World Rankings. Vavulina achieved a career-high ITF ranking of 112. Timmermann hails from Rostock, Germany, and has spent the last four years at the Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Timmermann earned a 33-2 record during her last year of play and was ranked as high as No. 54 in the nation and No. 26 in Florida by TennisRecruiting.net.
Georgia State's incoming class also received votes in the TennisRecruiting.net list of the top 25 recruiting classes of all women's tennis programs in the country.
The rankings did not take into consideration the addition of senior transfer Jocelyn Ffriend, who joins Georgia State after playing at UNC the past four years. Ffriend was considered a four-star recruit coming out of New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., according to TennisRecruiting.net.
The Panthers add the recruiting class to five returning starters from a 2011-12 team that defeated three ranked opponents, notched an 11-7 record and reached the finals of the CAA Championship. Sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah became GSU's first ever women's tennis All-American last season after advancing to the Round of 16 at the 2012 NCAA Women's Singles Championship.
Visit the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for complete coverage of the team's offseason preparations for the 2012-13 season.