Women's Tennis Earns Highest Ranking in Program History

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Gisella Pere is undefeated in singles play this spring.
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Gisella Pere is undefeated in singles play this spring.
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Feb. 20, 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its newest rankings and Purdue is higher than it has ever been in history. The Boilermakers cracked the top 20 for the first time in program history as the team checks in at No. 20 in the nation.

“I am excited for our program because it is a reflection of all our hard work,” head coach Laura Glitz said. “However, we need to keep improving every day and build on this ranking.”

The ranking comes just days after the Boilermakers picked up their highest ranked road win in program history. Purdue knocked off then-No. 19 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., last Friday, 4-3. The win was capped by Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum after four and a half hours on the court for the day. The freshman trailed 3-0 in the third set with the team score tied at three. Bernard-Feigenbaum then rolled off six of the next seven games to win the set and the match for Purdue.

The Boilermakers have faced three teams in the top 35 this season and two in the top 20. Purdue is 2-1 in such matches with the only loss coming in a non-conference matchup with Northwestern, now ranked No. 9, 4-3. The upcoming schedule does not get much easier, either. The Boilermakers head to Wichita, Kan., this weekend to face No. 45 Kansas State and No. 65 Wichita State.

Purdue has one singles player ranked as well. Lynda Xepoleas is ranked No. 105 in the country.

The Boilermakers have seen unprecedented success over the past two seasons. Last year, the team reached the program’s previous highest rank of No. 22 which came after the team won the Big Ten Tournament Championship. The Purdue women have been in the top 30 all season this year. They started at No. 27 before moving up to No. 26 and eventually No. 24 before this week’s rankings.