Jan. 30, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The recruiting class rankings were released on Monday and as of Jan. 4, Purdue has landed the 22nd-best class for 2012.
The Boilermakers landed two outstanding prospects in the early signing period with Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Krisztina Kapitany. Bernard-Feigenbaum is listed as a five-star recruit on tennisrecruit.net while Kapitany is an international from Hungary. Internationals do not receive star rankings, but in comparison, Cornell's incoming class is ranked one spot below Purdue with two five-star recruits. Purdue earned 70 recruit points while Cornell received just 45.
Bernard-Feigenbaum is a New York City native. She is ranked No. 42 in the nation and No. 3 in New York. The future Boilermaker has also been ranked as high as No. 33 in the country earlier last year. Bernard-Feigenbaum has an overall record of 38-20 including a 14-6 record against other five-star recruits. She also has a perfect 17-0 record against four-star prospects, all according to tennisrecruiting.net.
Kapitany comes to Purdue all the way from Budapest, Hungary. She has been ranked as high as No. 140 in the ITF and has put together some impressive tournaments and individual wins. In the last year, Kapitany knocked off Marie Casares who is a top 10 freshman in the country this year and attends Vanderbilt. Casares recently played at Purdue for the Commodores in the Schwartz Tennis Challenge and was regularly in the No. 1 singles position. Kapitany also has wins over Diana Bogolyi, the ITF's No. 63 individual and Tristen Dewar, a blue chip and the No. 18 recruit in the country for 2012. The Hungarian has also defeated Vanda Lukacs who is the No. 919 ranked individual in the women's world rankings. Kapitany also won the Hungarian National Indoor Singles Championships in 2011 and was a doubles champion in Spain in 2010 and 2011.
Bernard-Feigenbaum and Kapitany will help fill in the Boilermakers lineup in 2012 for the current seniors, Jennifer Rabot, Anna Dushkina, and Kay Kay Magi. The duo is the second straight Purdue class ranked in the top 25 as they will join this year's freshman class of Lynda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal which earned the school's highest ever recruiting class ranking of No. 8 in the country.
Purdue is one of only two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25. The University of Michigan is the other conference school ranked. The Wolverines currently have the seventh-best class for next year. The full release can be found here.
Final recruiting class rankings will be released in April after the late signing period. The Boilermakers have room for one more recruit and assuming the spot is filled, will likely jump even higher in the rankings. There is potential for back-to-back top 10 classes.