WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s tennis team completes its opening five match home slate Friday, competing against Saint Louis at 1 p.m. ET and Valparaiso at 6 p.m. Both matches will be played indoors on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
Friday’s contests mark the second home doubleheader for the Boilermakers this season. The team opened spring play against Cincinnati and Butler on Jan. 13, finishing 2-0. Purdue followed that outing with a standalone match against No. 23 Ole Miss. Despite a strong showing in both singles and doubles, the Boilermakers were overpowered by the Rebels’ depth of ranked talent. Freshman Ena Babic did puncture Ole Miss’ lineup however, defeating No. 62 Sabina Machalova in straight sets. The victory was her first over a ranked opponent.
On Saint Louis
The Billiken began their season Friday with a 5-2 loss to DePaul and continued to struggle Saturday against Northwestern, falling 7-0. Saint Louis returned four players while adding two transfers to its 2017-18 roster.
The Crusaders opened the spring in convincing fashion, downing in-state foe IUPUI 7-0 in Indianapolis on Saturday. The team moved to 2-0 on the season, recording a dual match victory over Grace College in the fall.
Valparaiso retained a strong six players from the 2016-17 and added two freshmen in the offseason.
From Coach Glitz
“Friday, I am looking for the team to come out with a lot of energy and intensity,” Glitz said. “I believe the team gained some confidence last week, knowing how close we were to defeating a team ranked as high as Ole Miss.
“We were points away from winning doubles; I thought Ena and Rafa did a great job in their singles matches. Both players really went after their opponents and stuck to their individual strategies.
“The match was extra special for Ena who defeated a tough nationally ranked opponent for the first time in her college career. Anthony and I were very proud of her.”