Feb. 7, 2006
Upcoming Match Dates and Times
vs. Rice - Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.
vs. Kentucky - Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.
The Boilermakers' matches against Rice and Kentucky will be their third and fourth of a five-match homestand, their longest since a six-match homestand in the 2000 season.
A Look at the Boilermakers
Purdue evened its record to 2-2 with back-to-back 6-1 home victories over DePaul and Miami (Ohio) in a Feb. 4 doubleheader. The Boilermakers got two singles and two doubles wins from each of the following players: Hala Sufi, Randi Schuler, Brooke Beier, and Mallory Voelker. Anna Dzeva won both her singles matches. Voelker won in the most convincing fashion, as she surrendered a total of one game in her two No. 4 singles matches.
A Look at the Owls
Heading into a Feb. 10 home match against Mississippi State, No. 55 Rice owns a 2-3 record. The Owls began the season with wins over Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before dropping three in a row to UCLA, Pepperdine and LSU. Their match against the Boilermakers will be their first of five in a row on the road. Blair DiSesa is ranked 31st in the Fila/ITA national poll. She and teammate Alanna Rogers are ranked 30th as a doubles pair. Roger White is in his fifth year as Rice head coach.
A Look at the Wildcats
Before meeting Rice in Lafayette on Feb. 18, No. 18 Kentucky owns a 5-3 record. The Wildcats, guided by first-year head coach Carlos Drada, have been busy in the young season, playing eight matches from Jan. 21 to Feb. 4 - a span of 15 days. Three of those matches were played Feb. 2, 3 and 4 at the National Team Indoor Championships, where the Wildcats lost to No. 1 Stanford (7-0), No. 4 Northwestern (5-2), and No. 3 Georgia Tech (6-1). Kim Coventry is ranked 53rd. Coventry and Joelle Schwenk are 18th in doubles.
Series Speak - Rice
- Rice leads the all-time series with Purdue 3-0.
- Purdue and Rice previously met in 1990, 1995 and 2004. The Owls won the last meeting 5-2 on Feb. 28, 2004.
- The three previous matches in this series all were played in Houston, Texas, on Rice's home court.
Series Speak - Kentucky
- Kentucky leads the all-time series with Purdue 18-2.
- The Wildcats have won the last 15 matches in the series, with Purdue's last win coming on Oct. 5, 1979 in West Lafayette.
- Since 1993, Purdue and Kentucky have met in each regular season, a string of 13 straight years.
Making a Connection
Rice volunteer assistant coach Jennifer Russell is a Purdue grad. Boilermaker fans may remember her better as Jennifer Embry '00, a three-time All-Big Ten pick and Purdue's all-time leader in doubles victories (79).
Purdue assistant coach Chris Karges-Iandolo is a Kentucky alumna. She was a three-time All-SEC performer for the Wildcats before graduating in 1989.
A win against Rice would give Purdue a three-match win streak, matching the Boilermakers' longest string of success in 2005. Purdue has not won four consecutive matches since 2003, when it won five in a row against Ohio State, Penn State, LSU, Michigan State and Michigan.
Purdue in the Rankings
Purdue is ranked 41st in the Feb. 7 Fila/ITA national poll. In the latest singles and doubles rankings released Jan. 10, junior Hala Sufi is 29th, freshman Randi Schuler is 54th, and Sufi and Brooke Beier are 43rd.
On the Horizon
After playing Rice and Kentucky, Purdue will play host to Illinois in the Lafayette Sports Center on Feb. 22. The Boilermakers will hit the road once more for matches at SMU and Texas on March 4 and 5.