Feb. 15, 2008
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's 43rd-ranked women's tennis team (2-2) will continue to rack up more frequent flier miles this weekend as it visits No. 48 Washington (6-1) and No. 51 Oregon (4-2) of the Pac 10 Conference. Each match will begin at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT.
In just under a month of competition this spring, the Old Gold and Black have already flown to the East Coast (Virginia), Mid-South (Tennessee) and Southeast (Clemson). It's only played host to one home match, which was a 6-1 win against Western Michigan.
Tuesday's one-night homestand not only gave the Boilermakers' an appreciated change of scenery, but their comeback effort vs. the Broncos should give them a nice momentum boost as they traverse over the Cascade Mountains.
Purdue's singles performances were some of its best of the season. The Boilermakers won five of six contests in straight sets, while sophomore Alejandra Boeker came through in a super tiebreak against Amanda Moccia at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 1-6, 10-6.
But as good as the Boilermakers were individually, the same could not be said for doubles. The Broncos clinched the opening point after collecting victories at the No. 2 and 3 spots by scores of 8-5 and 8-1.
The Western Michigan dual marked the first spring appearances for two combinations: Stephanie Wooten and Beier at No. 1 and Cigdem Duru and Joanna Craven at No. 2. Head coach Laura Glitz plans to let these tandems continue to work together this weekend in spite of the tough start.
The Boilermakers are 1-0 against Washington as a result of a 7-0 victory last Winter at the Schwartz Tennis Center. It was a dual in which the final score did not represent the back-and-fourth struggles at courtside.
Purdue won all nine matches, but only Anna Dzeva
at No. 6 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Brooke Beier
and Mallory Voelker
were able to get the job done without going the distance. Dzeva beat Morgan Ramser 7-5, 6-2, while Beier and Voelker - then ranked 28th in the country - rolled over Mathilde Cor and Joyce Ardies 8-1.
Singles matches at the No. 1 through 5 positions were all decided in three sets and the doubles point was settled on a tiebreak at No. 3. The dual lasted a total of four hours and 12 minutes.
Washington's loss that afternoon dropped the Huskies to 0-7. They would go on to finish at 5-16.
Fast forward to 2008 and Washington is 6-1 complete with a national ranking. After enduring a tight 4-3 loss to Sacramento State in their season opener, the Huskies have rattled off six-straight victories, including ones against No. 46 San Diego State (6-1) and No. 28 BYU (4-3). The biggest difference between this year and last seems to be the addition of freshman Venise Chan, who is a perfect 7-0 at No. 1 singles, and is riding a 10-match winning streak dating back to the fall. Chan's overall record since joining UW in the fall is an impressive 13-2.
The addition of Chan, plus freshman Vanja Radunovic and sophomore Aleksandra Malovic has enabled the Husky coaching staff to position some of their more veteran players further down the lineup. Last year's No. 1 vs. Purdue, Tara Simpson, is now playing at No. 3. Sophomore Joyce Ardies has shifted from No. 3 to 4, and senior Allison Rainey has gone from No. 4 to 6.
The Boilermakers' lineup from a year ago, meanwhile, has shifted in the opposite direction with Beier and Cigdem Duru now holding down the No. 1 and 2 singles positions. Both seniors won their matches against Western Michigan Tuesday to improve to 2-2.
Oregon, an NCAA qualifier from a year ago, wraps up a season-opening seven-game homestand with Purdue on Sunday, in the first meeting between the two schools. Three of the Ducks four wins have been one point (Cal Poly, San Francisco and Boise State), and they've also lost by one point to St. Mary's.
Oregon's most recent decision was a 5-2 win over Pacific.