BABSON PARK, Mass—Just a week after being recognized alongside some of the top Division I mid-major programs in the country, the Babson College's incoming women's tennis class came in at No. 5 when the Tennis Recruiting Network released its 2023 recruiting rankings in conjunction with Mizuno on Friday.
Head coach Michael Kopelman, who just finished his first season at the helm of both the Beavers' women's and men's programs, has five incoming student-athletes, two of which hail from Turkey and another from the nation of Georgia. Ipek Akgul is the younger sister of former Babson standout Yagmur Akgul '18, while Ana Makatsaria participated in the Wimbledon and US Open Junior Championships last summer, and is currently ranked 812th in the world.
"This is a huge step forward for our program," remarked Kopelman. "The diversity of this class is a microcosm of what makes Babson a truly special place. Any time you are able to bring talented individuals with like-minded goals from all over the world together, you have the potential to do something very powerful. These five young women are going to establish a new standard for our program moving forward."
Babson, which had not had an incoming recruiting class ranked since coming in at No. 25 in 2015, finished behind Wesleyan, Carnegie Mellon, fellow New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) member MIT and Emory in the Division III top 25. The Beavers were the top-rated Division III program in last week's Mid-Major rankings coming in at No. 20.
The Tennis Recruiting Network uses four sets of rankings and enlists the help of Division III coaches from around the country to help formulate its rankings.
Babson wrapped up the 2018-19 campaign with an overall record of 14-6 after advancing to the NEWMAC Tournament final for the second year in a row.
Babson Women's Tennis Class of 2023
Ipek Akgul – Turkey
Lara Biter – Turkey
Laura De La Espriella – Key Biscayne, Fla.
Ana Makatsaria – Georgia
Morgan Mann – Newport Coast, Calif.