March 22, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's tennis team improved to 2-0 in conference play on Friday with a 5-2 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Boilermakers took the doubles point and won four singles matches.
Purdue (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) clinched the match with a win at No. 5. Imogen Golder struggled through the first set, though she was able to come back and win it, 7-5. It was all Golder in the second set as she was victorious, 6-0, over Grainne O'Neill. Golder won 13 of the final 15 games in the match.
The Boilermakers were dominant through most of singles. Gisella Pere capped off her first perfect outing of the season to get things going for the Old Gold and Black. Pere blanked Noelle Malley, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6. Daniela Vidal flirted with perfection as well. The sophomore took the first set, 6-0, over Kara Cecil at No. 3. In the second, she led 3-0 before dropping her first game. Vidal ended up winning the second set 6-2. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum stayed unbeaten in singles with a dominant win of her own. The freshman improved to 9-0 in dual match singles play with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Gabby Steele.
Ohio State (8-7, 1-2) picked up a pair of singles wins with victories at No. 1 and No. 2. The No. 53 player in the country, Kelsey Dieters, knocked off Lynda Xepoleas at the top singles spot, 6-3, 6-3. Fidan Manashirova topped Mara Schmidt at No. 2, 7-5, 6-1.
The Boilermakers started the afternoon by taking the doubles point. They got wins at No. 1 and No. 3 before Ohio State won at No. 2. The No. 38 pair in the country, Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany, defeated O'Neill and Dieters at No. 1, 8-6. Golder and Pere clinched the point with a win at No. 3, 8-6, over Manashirova and Steele. Malley and Cecil held on to win at No. 2 for the Buckeyes, 9-7, over Xepoleas and Vidal.
Purdue is back in action on Sunday as it hosts another Big Ten foe. The Boilermakers will face No. 37 Penn State at 11 a.m. on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.