Feb. 14, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 24 Purdue women’s tennis team hits the road on Friday to take on No. 19 Notre Dame. The first serve between the Boilermakers and Fighting Irish is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
Purdue (2-1) has wins over No. 35 Washington State and Marshall. The lone loss on the season was 4-3 at No. 10 Northwestern. The Boilermakers currently have the second-highest ranking in program history. The highest ranking came last season when the team rose to No. 22 after winning the Big Ten Tournament. Sophomore Lynda Xepoleas stayed in the rankings and is the No. 105 in the country. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native has played all three dual matches at No. 1 this season. She has a 2-3 spring singles record which includes the Purdue Invite.
Mara Schmidt has been strong at No. 2 for Purdue. The junior is 5-1 in singles on the season with four of her wins coming at No. 2. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum is back in the lineup for Purdue. The freshman had a stellar fall season going 10-1 in singles. She picked up her first singles win of the spring at No. 4 last weekend at Marshall.
Notre Dame (5-1) has already faced three Big Ten teams on the season. The Fighting Irish are coming off an improbable come-from-behind victory over Iowa where the Irish were down 3-0 before prevailing 4-3. Notre Dame is 2-1 against the Big Ten this season with wins over Iowa and Illinois, 4-3, and a 4-1 loss at Nebraska.
Chrissie McGaffigan and Molly O’Koniewski each have 5-0 singles records on the season. Quinn Gleason has also had a strong start to the season and is 5-1 at No. 3 including four straight wins.
Purdue and Notre Dame have met 31 times on the courts in history. The Fighting Irish lead the series 22-9 and have won five straight. The last time the two teams met was in 2009 with Notre Dame winning 7-0.
Friday’s match will be played at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on Notre Dame’s campus. Live results will be available on PurdueSports.com.