Jan. 5, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, In. – After breaking the program’s single-season win record in 2010, the Purdue women’s tennis team has merited a No. 50 ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association initial spring ranks. The Boilermaker squad ended last season at No. 49.
“The early season doubles rankings are a reflection of how hard our girls have worked and how committed they are to helping the program reach an elite level,” said head coach Laura Glitz. “Last year we were ranked as high as No. 35 in the country as a team, but finished 49th and were a few spots short of an NCAA bid. This year we start at 50th in the rankings and I know every girl is committed to improving that ranking by the end of the season. I know if we continue to work hard and improve everyday at the end of the season we will be much higher than No. 50.”
At the 13th spot in the doubles category is duo of junior Jenny Rabot and freshman Mara Schmidt. Only one Big Ten Conference team is ranked above the pair, at No. 12 sits Michigan’s Mimi Nguyen and Brooke Bolender. During their fall season, the team beat No. 15 squad Rachael White and Allison Falkin (Illinois), 26th ranked Zaruhi Harutyunyan and Angelina Jogasuria from Akron, Louisville’s 33rd Mandy Brown and Julia Fellerhoff (Purdue Invitational) and No. 51 Kaitlyn Ritchie and Mallory Weber of Missouri.
Another Old Gold and Black team also made the rankings; at No. 68 is senior Bhavani Tirmurti and sophomore Imogen Golder. The duo held an undefeated record for the fall of 8-0, claiming a title at the Wolverine Invitational.
The Boilermakers will have tough competition on their spring slate including non-conference top-50 teams No. 21 South Carolina, No. 44 Harvard, and No. 47 Yale. 9 of 11 Big Ten teams are also ITA touted squads all of which the Glitz-led team will face, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 25 Illinois, No. 30 Iowa, No. 33 Ohio State, No. 45 Indiana, No. 72 Minnesota and No. 74 Wisconsin.
Purdue will compete in the Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Classic from Jan. 15-18 as their first outing of the spring.