Feb. 20, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced its Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on Wednesday and a Purdue freshman earned the award for the first time of her career. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum earned the award after clinching the team’s 4-3 victory at then-No. 19 Notre Dame on Friday.
Bernard-Feigenbaum was in the lineup for just the second time of her young career after coming off a two-month injury recovery. Despite that fact, the New York City native picked up a clutch win at No. 4 after four and a half hours of tennis between the two schools. Bernard-Feigenbaum took the first set from Chrissie McGaffigan 6-2 before being edged in the second, 6-7 (5). It didn’t look good for Bernard-Feigenbaum and the Boilers when McGaffigan took a 3-0 lead in the third set and had the serve.
The Purdue freshman bounced back, though.
Bernard-Feigenbaum rattled off three games in a row including two breaks to tie the score at three. She would eventually go on to win the set, 6-4, and clinch the match for the Boilermakers. McGraffigan was previously unbeated on the season with a 5-0 record. The win was the highest-ranked road victory in Purdue women’s tennis history.
Bernard-Feigenbaum is now 2-0 in singles for her career in dual match play. She is the first Purdue woman to win the award since Jennifer Rabot picked up the honor on March 20th last season. Bernard-Feigenbaum is the first Purdue freshman to win the award since teammate Mara Schmidt did so on April 26, 2011.
The reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Week and the rest of the Boilermakers will be back in action this weekend when the team travels to Wichita, Kan. Purdue will face Kansas State and Wichita State on Sunday and Monday, respectively.