WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's tennis team continues its opening home slate Saturday against No. 23 Ole Miss. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on the Basham Courts inside the Schwartz Tennis Center.
The Big Ten-SEC contest was rescheduled to 2018 after the Rebels qualified to compete in the 2017 National Team Indoor Championships the same weekend as the two teams' dual.
The Boilermakers opened their spring season 2-0 for the third straight year with wins over Cincinnati and Butler last weekend. Junior transfer and the No. 86 ranked single player Silvia Ambrosio led the way for the Boilermakers on court one, earning her first two dual-match victories for Purdue. Freshman Seira Shimizu - in her collegiate debut - also finished the weekend 2-0. Shimizu joined the program in early January, while the Boilermakers' other two freshmen, Ena Babic and Zala Dovnik, enrolled last fall.
Purdue will face its first ranked opponent in Ole Miss.
On Ole Miss
The Rebels open their spring season Saturday, marking the second time in as many seasons that Ole Miss will compete in its first dual match away from Oxford Mississippi. In 2017, the Rebels convincingly defeated UC Irvine 7-0 in California. In fact, that year, the Rebels did not compete at home until mid-February.
Aside from being nationally ranked, Ole Miss enters Saturday's contest with four players ranked in singles and three duos ranked in doubles. Arianne Hartono leads the team at No. 50; she is also ranked No. 13 in doubles with partner Alexa Bortles.
From Coach Glitz
"I thought the team did a great job last weekend competing hard and bringing lots of energy to the match," Glitz said. "Both are things we have been talking about as a group all year long. Constant energy and effort are going to make us a better team and help us get to the next level.
"I was particularly impressed with Seira on Saturday because she just started school Monday and jumped in the lineup and won her first two singles and doubles matches handily.
"I'm glad we could reschedule the match with Ole Miss this year because they are a solid team all the way down the lineup. It will be a good test to see where we are as a program. We have been working hard, and I believe we are ready for the challenge."