Jan. 3, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Purdue’s Mara Schmidt climbed from a preseason ranking of No. 125 to a tie for No. 110 in the first regular season edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Individual Rankings issued Jan. 2. The Boilermaker women’s tennis team maintained its hold on the No. 27 spot, the same position they held in the final ranking of the 2012-13 season.
Schmidt enters her final spring campaign tied with Arizona’s Akilah James for the No. 110 spot. The Bradenton, Fla., native, posted a 5-7 mark in fall competition, with four of those matches coming against players that landed among the top 125. Schmidt took on No. 21 Emma Bektas of Michigan, No. 32 Stephanie Wagner of Miami (Fla.), No. 64 Kelsey Laurente of Miami (Fla.) and No. 67 Quinn Gleason of Notre Dame. Bektas is the only one that Schmidt will see again as the Boilermakers host Michigan on April 20.
Purdue is the fourth-highest ranked Big Ten Conference team, behind No. 11 Michigan, No. 15 Northwestern and No. 25 Nebraska. Trailing the Boilermakers are No. 41 Indiana, No. 44 Illinois, No. 49 Penn State and No. 72 Ohio State. Purdue is set to take on 10 additional teams that made the top 75 in No. 13 (tie) Clemson, No. 26 Arizona State, No. 28 Tulsa, No. 30 TCU, No. 31 (tie) Tennessee, No. 34 Oklahoma, No. 51 Arkansas, No. 56 Fresno State, No. 73 Arizona and No. 75 Georgia State. Twenty-seven ranked individuals hail from teams that the Boilermakers will meet during the 2014 campaign.
Weekly ITA team rankings begin on Jan. 21, with the exception of the week ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 7-10) are held. Singles and doubles rankings will be published every other week starting Feb. 11. The Boilermakers open their spring season Jan. 17-19 by hosting the Purdue Invite at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
About the ITA As the governing body of collegiate tennis the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Collegiate Tennis Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.