March 11, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Powered behind a six-match win streak that included an upset of then-No. 24 Northwestern, the Purdue men’s tennis team leaped 14 spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Team Rankings released Tuesday. The Boilermakers, who are off to a 7-2, 1-1 Big Ten start, check in at No. 40.
The No. 40 ranking is the program’s highest since owning the No. 43 spot on the Jan. 13, 2003, edition of the team rankings. Records available indicate that Purdue’s highest ranking came in the April 12, 2000, edition when the Boilermakers were ranked 33rd. The Boilermakers have been ranked 40th or better a dozen times dating back to the 1996 season.
It is the second time this season that Purdue has made a substantial jump in the rankings, rocketing from No. 71 to 54, an improvement of 17 spots, in the Feb. 25 edition. The Boilermakers are 2-2 against ranked opponents in 2014, taking down then-No. 64 Arkansas on the road on Feb. 9 and most recently the Wildcats on March 7. Their two losses have come at the hands of top-10 clubs, then-No. 7 Baylor on Feb. 2 and sixth-ranked Illinois on March 9.
All but one Big Ten Conference team appears among the ITA’s top 75. Purdue sits behind No. 1 Ohio State, No. 6 Illinois, No. 26 Northwestern and No. 27 Penn State. No. 41 Michigan, No. 51 Minnesota, No. 56 Nebraska, No. 57 Iowa, No. 58 Wisconsin and No. 59 Indiana round out the rest of the league’s ranked squads.
The Boilermakers will compete outside of the Big Ten when they head to San Diego, Calif., to play in the San Diego Invite March 20-22. They resume their conference schedule when they host Minnesota at the Schwartz Tennis Center at 1 p.m. ET on March 28.
Note: Weekly ITA rankings are incomplete in the Purdue archives for the 2004 (10-12), 2001 (14-9), 2000 (11-11), 1999 (17-8), 1998 (15-11), 1997 (18-7) and 1996 (16-9) seasons. The complete archived rankings on the ITA website span the 2008-13 seasons.