March 2, 2013
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The No. 14 women's tennis team picked up its fifth-straight win Saturday with a victory over Western Michigan. The Boilermakers took down the Broncos, 6-1, at the West Hills Athletic Club.
Purdue (6-1) romped through doubles on the way to the point. Mara Schmidt played with Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum for the first time in her career. The duo took the top match, 8-3, over Jill Pastunink and Caroline Aleck, 8-3. Lynda Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal clinched the point moments later. The sophomores took down Nina Sujashvili and Maggie Remynse, 8-2.
Singles was mostly the same. Bernard-Feigenbaum continued her perfect spring with a win at No. 4. The freshman improved to 4-0 with a 6-0 first set win before Aleck was forced to retire with an injury. Schmidt made the score 3-0 with her fifth dual match singles win of the season. She defeated Remynse, 6-1, 6-3.
Western Michigan (6-7) prolonged the decision after it picked up its first singles win of the day. Sujashvili improved to 8-5 on the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Xepoleas at No. 1. Purdue turned around and clinched the match with a straight-sets win at No. 5. Imogen Golder, back in the lineup after a two match break, defeated Kelsey King, 6-3, 6-4.
Gisella Pere and Vidal wrapped up the day with a pair of victories. Pere won at No. 6, 6-2, 7-5, over Hailey Shanahan, while Vidal won at No. 3, 6-4, 7-5, over Pastunink.
The Boilermakers will be back in action next Saturday with their first home dual match of the season. Purdue starts Big Ten play against instate rival Indiana. The match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on the Basham Courts inside the Schwartz Tennis Center.