Jan. 30, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the third consecutive match, the No. 30 Purdue women’s tennis team (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will take on a nationally ranked opponent when they host No. 25 TCU (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) at the Basham Courts of the Schwartz Tennis Center Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. The dual match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network.
Both squads enter Saturday’s match after going 1-1 while playing in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Boilermakers were hosted by Clemson, while the Horned Frogs played at the UCLA site.
Playing in their first dual match of the season, then-No. 27 Purdue surrendered a 4-3 come-from-behind victory to then-No. 32 Tennessee. The Boilermakers bounced back in the consolation match by shutting out then-No. 56 Fresno State, 4-0.
Then-No. 30 TCU opened with a 4-0 blanking of No. 38 UC Irvine, but dropped a 4-1 decision to fifth-ranked UCLA.
Senior Boilermaker Mara Schmidt is armed with the No. 110 (tie) ranking and sports a 3-2 record while seeing action at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. She and doubles partner Krisztina Kapitany are undefeated as the No. 1 doubles at 5-0. The No. 2 doubles tandem of Daniela Vidal and Lynda Xepoleas are also unscathed at 4-0. Vidal owns a 6-0 mark in singles action, with five of her wins coming in the No. 3 spot.
Stefanie Tan is the only ranked Frog, checking in at No. 30. She and Simona Parajova lead the team with a 3-0 singles record and have teamed together for a 2-1 mark in doubles.
TCU leads the all-time series against Purdue, 3-1, with the last meeting coming on March 9, 2005. The Frogs escaped from West Lafayette with a 4-3 victory.
Saturday’s match will be played under the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s mandated experimental format. The three doubles matches will each consist of one set, with regular scoring and a tiebreaker at 6-all. Once a team has won two doubles matches, the remaining doubles match shall not be completed. Six singles matches will follow the doubles. Each singles match is two out of three sets, with each set using regular scoring, and a match tiebreaker in lieu of the third set. For more information on the experimental format, please click here.
The first home dual match of the season will be dedicated to Andrew F. Boldt, the 21-year old Purdue student who was killed in a campus shooting on Jan. 21, and longtime athletic department official and former assistant basketball coach Tom Reiter, who passed on Jan. 24 after battling cancer.