Purdue Tennis Opens Friday

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Remi Martin and the rest of the Purdue women's tennis team open the 2009 season Friday.
Freshman Remi Martin and the rest of the Purdue women's tennis team open the 2009 season Friday.

Jan. 14, 2009


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s tennis team opens its 2009 slate Friday against Miami University at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The match is the first of five straight at home to begin the season.

“I am very excited for the upcoming season,” head coach Laura Glitz said. “The team has been working extremely hard on and off the court, and we are ready to implement all of our hard work into match play.”

This year’s Boilermaker squad, with only one returning player, looks much different than the 2007-08 team. Co-captains Stephanie Wooten and Tatiana Ganzha lead the new-look Purdue team into 2009. Wooten, a senior from Combine, Texas, is the only player on this year’s roster that played for the Boilermakers last year. Ganzha also was on the team, but redshirted due to injury. Wooten put together a 20-12 record in singles play last season, including a 6-4 mark in the Big Ten.

Ganzha transferred to Purdue from Boise State before the 2007-08 season. The junior from St. Petersburg, Russia, compiled a combined record of 42-12 in singles play, including a 33-6 record as a freshman, in two seasons for the Broncos.

The only other Purdue player with NCAA dual-match experience is junior Michelle Sammons. The Durban, South Africa, native enters her first season at Purdue after two seasons at Texas A&M. Sammons was 20-11 in singles play and 46-15 in doubles for the Aggies.

Four freshmen round out the Purdue contingent for this season. Anna Dushkina, from Richmond Hill, Ontario, finished her junior season ranked eighth at the U-16 Canadian Nationals and attained a top-14 ranking as a senior at the U-18 Canadian Nationals. Kay Kay Magi, a Bundas, Ontario, native, earned a fifth-place finish at the Ontario Indoor Championships and climbed to No. 37 in the Canadian Women’s Open rankings.



San Diego native Remi Martin was a member of the CIF first team in the Palomar League each of her four years at Torry Pines High School, during which she helped her team to become CIF team and league champions. Martin also advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Individual tournament as a senior and won a doubles championship as a sophomore. Jennifer Rabot achieved the No. 32 ranking as a senior after being ranked in the top-50 as a junior. The Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, England, native also went undefeated at the country cup as a junior.

During the fall season, Ganzha earned a 13-4 record in singles play and Rabot went 10-5. Rabot also teamed with Dushkina, who was 9-4 in singles play, to compile a 4-0 record in doubles. Wooten and Martin both were 8-5 in singles during the fall. Wooten and Sammons, who was 8-7 as an individual, were 7-1 as a doubles tandem. Magi was 5-7 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles with Martin.

The Boilermakers and RedHawks begin their match at 4 p.m. ET. Live scoring will be available at purduesports.com.