No. 50 Women's Tennis Hosts Marquette, Illinois State

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Imogen Golder has three straight singles wins.
Sophomore Imogen Golder has three straight singles wins.

Jan. 28, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After claiming its first dual match of the spring over the University of Cincinnati last Saturday, the Purdue women's tennis team is once again hosting regional rivals. The Marquette Golden Eagles make a landing at the Schwartz Tennis Center on Saturday at noon ET ,followed by the Illinois State Redbirds at noon on Sunday.

"I am excited to host Marquette and Illinois State this weekend. Both schools have good programs, but I believe we are prepared," said head coach Laura Glitz. "We have had a good week of practice, so I am looking forward to seeing improvement from last weekend."

The Glitz-led Boilermakers were named the No. 50 team in the nation for the second week in a row on Tuesday.

Three Boilermakers lead the team in combined doubles and singles wins: junior Anna Dushkina and sophomores Imogen Golder and Gisella Pere all have six victories to their names. They join senior Bhavani Tirumurti in three-match singles win streaks.

Both Purdue ranked doubles teams had successful matches against Cincinnati. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association's 13th-ranked doubles team of junior Jenny Rabot and freshman Mara Schmidt overpowered Ksenia Slynko and Jasmine Lee, 8-3, while the No. 68 team of Tirumurti and Golder crushed Safiyya Ismail and Ashleigh Witte, 8-1.

Marquette's squad, now 1-0 after defeating University of Illinois-Chicago, features the No. 103 singles player in the ITA, Kelly Barry. This is the first match of the spring for Illinois State.

Purdue has the upper hand in both series matchups. The Old Gold and Black are 16-2 over Illinois State and 5-2 over Marquette.

There is no admission to the Schwartz Tennis Center. Free pizza will be offered to all who attend. Live results and streaming video can be found at