Feb. 13, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 30th-ranked Purdue women's tennis team (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten) continues its streak matching up against ranked competition, facing No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 44 Arkansas at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The Boilermakers are set to meet the Sooners (5-1, 0-0 Big 12) Saturday at 12 p.m. ET, followed by a 12 p.m. date with the Razorbacks (5-2, 0-0 SEC) on Sunday.
Four of Purdue's five opponents thus far have been nationally ranked squads: No. 32 Tennessee, No. 56 Fresno State, No. 30 TCU and No. 28 Tulsa, to which the Boilermakers own a 2-2 record. Purdue is looking to get back on the winning track after suffering a 5-2 loss to Tulsa on Feb. 9. Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany secured the doubles point in the loss with a thrilling 7-6 (7-5) win over the Golden Hurricane tandem of Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers. Tulsa responded by taking five of six singles matches and ultimately the dual match.
Daniela Vidal has been a solid performer for the Boilermakers while playing in the Nos. 2 and 3 singles. The junior from Maracaibo, Venezuela owns a team-best record of 8-1. Kapitany isn't far behind with a 6-2 mark. A sophomore hailing from Budapest, Hungary, Kapitany has been used throughout the bottom half of the lineup at Nos. 4-6.
Thanks to a 7-1 start, including upsets over the Nos. 23 and 41 duos, Schmidt and Kapitany returned to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's doubles rankings issued Wednesday at No. 51. The Boilermaker duo is on a collision course to meet Oklahoma's No. 1 doubles team of Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie, who are ranked 31st and boast a 5-1 record. At 6-0, Ritchie is also ranked 74th in singles.
The Sooners have won three straight dual matches dating back to Jan. 31, with wins over then-No. 33 Memphis (4-1) and then-No. 42 Illinois (5-2). Their lone setback came to then-No. 16 Alabama, a 4-3 loss on Jan. 26.
Despite not having a ranked player or doubles team, the Razorbacks have already earned a pair of wins over ranked opponents this season with victories over then-No. 55 Kansas State (1/24) and then-No. 63 North Texas (1/31). Arkansas will be eager to defend its home court after being shut out by then-No. 31 Oklahoma State 6-0 in its last outing at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center. Oklahoma and Arkansas are scheduled for a 1 p.m. match Friday.