WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After struggling in its first road dual, the Purdue women’s tennis team looks to return to normalcy this weekend at home with a pair of non-conference matches inside the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers will first face DePaul on Friday at 3 p.m. ET and Tulsa on Sunday at 10 a.m. Both duals are free to attend and feature live scoring and live streaming online.
Following Sunday’s contest, five of Purdue’s next six matches take place outside of West Lafayette, Indiana, including the Boilermakers’ first Big Ten match at Northwestern.
The Boilermakers are coming off their second loss and first sweep of the spring season, falling 7-0 at Washington State on Feb. 3. Despite the slip in play, however, junior Silvia Ambrosio moved up to No. 79 in the most recent national rankings released by the ITA on Feb. 7. The transfer from Marquette remains Purdue’s only ranked player in either singles or doubles, exclusively competing at the first position in both.
The Blue Demons enter Friday’s contest 3-2 overall, but on a one-match losing streak. The team opened the spring with a pair of victories, including a 5-2 win over Saint Louis. Purdue swept the Billikens 7-0 back in January.
While in West Lafayette, Indiana, DePaul will also face Tulsa on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Golden Hurricanes are 8-2 this spring, with a 4-2 win over No. 16 Baylor. Additionally, their two losses are to ranked programs in No. 10 Michigan and No. 18 Arkansas.
Tulsa’s lineup features the only other national ranked player in No. 111 Martina Okalova. None of the teams boast a ranked tandem.
Last season, the Golden Hurricanes defeated the Boilermakers 6-1 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
From Coach Glitz
“After a tough road loss, I believe the team has regrouped, and they are ready to compete at home again,” said Glitz. “DePaul and Tulsa are both very good teams, so we need to be ready to work on the court for every point.
“We must bring positive energy and intensity to these matches. That is what we can control. If we do both those things, then I believe we can compete and beat any opponent.
“Silvia has brought a high level of work ethic and intensity to the team. We are a young team, and I believe she leads by example.
She had a very good fall, and I know she wants to continue that high level of play throughout the spring. You need to set the tone for the rest of the group playing the number one spot you, so that is what I am looking for her to do this season.”