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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Brooke Beier is 3-1 in singles this spring.
Brooke Beier is 3-1 in singles this spring.

Feb. 16, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's tennis team will try to exploit its home-court advantage this weekend when it plays host to No. 57 Rice and No. 19 Kentucky at the Lafayette Sports Center. The 40th-ranked Boilermakers will meet the Owls on Friday at 1 p.m., and the Wildcats on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Purdue brings a 2-2 record into its match-up with Rice. The Boilermakers rebounded from two road losses to top-25 teams begin the season with two home wins on Feb. 4.

Rice leads the all-time series 3-0, and won the last meeting in 2004 by a 5-2 score. The Friday match will be the first between the two schools to take place outside of Houston, where the Rice campus is located.

Rice, which has former Purdue standout Jennifer (Embry) Russell on its coaching staff, is 3-3. Senior Blair DiSesa is ranked 31st in the Fila/ITA national poll, while sophomore Dominique Karas is 68th. DiSesa and freshman Alanna Rodgers are ranked 30th in doubles.

Kentucky, the alma mater of Purdue assistant coach Chris Karges-Iandolo, will take a 5-3 record into a Saturday match with Rice before meeting the Boilermakers. The Wildcats have won 18 of the 20 matches in the series with Purdue, including the last 15 consecutively. The two teams have met each of the last 13 years.

Kentucky boasts the 53rd-ranked singles player in the nation in Kim Coventry. The junior from Australia also is ranked 18th in doubles, with junior partner Joelle Schwenk.

Purdue junior Hala Sufi and freshman Randi Schuler also are in the rankings, at No. 29 and No. 54.

Sufi and Schuler will try to lead the Boilermakers to their third and possibly fourth consecutive victory. Purdue has not won more then four straight matches since the 2003 season.

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