March 9, 2006
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vs. New Mexico - March 14
at Hawaii - March 16 at 4 p.m.
Purdue vs. New Mexico: First meeting
Purdue leads Hawaii 2-0
Purdue is making its first trip outside of the continental United States since the 2001 season, when it played Weber State, Nebraska and Hawaii in Manoa.
A Look at the Boilermakers
No. 70 Purdue is 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are coming off a hard-fought 6-1 loss to Illinois, the second-ranked team in the nation. In the loss to the Fighting Illini on March 7, senior Colin Foster and freshman Kurt Zaske won at No. 1 doubles, while junior Jarred Leibner delivered a singles win at No. 6. Zaske moved to the No. 1 singles spot, while Foster dropped to No. 3. Freshman Kelubia Mabatah played at No. 2 for the first time this season.
A Look at the Lobos
New Mexico is 5-4 overall going into a March 13 match against Hawaii. The Lobos played their last seven matches at home after beginning the season with a road loss to Arizona and a neutral-site win over Montana State in Tucson. Most recently, they dropped a 6-1 decision to Colorado State on March 4. Sophomore Max Jones holds down the No. 1 singles position for the Lobos, while freshman Johnny Parkes plays at No. 2. Alan Dils is in his 10th season as New Mexico head coach.
A Look at the Rainbow Warriors
Hawaii is 3-3 overall heading into a March 13 match against New Mexico. The Rainbow Warriors will play Oklahoma on March 14, two days before they face Purdue. Prior to taking on the Lobos, Hawaii last played on Feb. 4. The Warriors began the season with three straight road losses to San Francisco, Santa Clara and Stanford. They rebounded with home wins over Loyola Marymount, Hawaii-Hilo and Gustavus Adolphus. John Nelson is in his first season as Hawaii head coach.
Series Speak - New Mexico
- Purdue and New Mexico have never met.
Series Speak - Hawaii
- Purdue leads 2-0.
- The first meeting took place at Purdue in 1980, with the Boilermakers winning 6-3.
- Purdue won the second meeting 7-0 at Hawaii on March 15, 2001.
- On that same trip to Hawaii, the Boilermakers defeated Weber State (7-0) and Nebraska (4-2) in neutral-court matches.
On the Road Again
Purdue travels to Hawaii looking for its first road win since April 18, 2004, when the Boilermakers beat Michigan State 6-1 in East Lansing. Purdue last recorded a neutral-site win on March 1, 2003, when it beat Oregon 5-2 in Seattle, Wash.
Shake It Up
Purdue coach Tim Madden has done some experimenting with his lineup this season. Through 11 matches, 10 of 11 Boilermakers on the roster have seen action in the singles rotation. Five players have played in at least three different spots; freshman Kurt Zaske has played everywhere except for No. 2.
Solid at 6
Through 11 matches, the Boilermakers have been most successful at No. 6 singles, where they have won nine matches for an 81.8 winning percentage. Purdue is 7-4 at No. 1 doubles (.636)
In the Polls
Eric Hodgman and P.J. Rose are ranked 50th in the Feb. 22 Fila/ITA national doubles poll. A new poll is expected to be released March 9.
On the Horizon
After returning from Hawaii, Purdue will hit the road once more for three matches in Houston against Rice, Texas Tech and South Florida on March 24, 25 and 26. Then the Boilermakers will play at Ohio State on April 1. Finally they will return home on April 8 to take on Michigan.