Feb. 19, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's tennis team continues its stretch of four straight matches away from the Schwartz Tennis Center by traveling to State College, Pa., to take on Oklahoma and Penn State this weekend.
"I believe we are ready to start our Big Ten season," head coach Laura Glitz said. "I know the team is focused and determined to achieve our goals this year. I think we need to keep fighting and have that never-give-up attitude on the court and we will have a great weekend."
Purdue (3-4) is returning to action quickly after falling to No. 14 Notre Dame Wednesday in South Bend, Ind. Freshman Jennifer Rabot leads Purdue with a 5-2 record in singles play this season. The Harlow, Essex, England, native has earned all five of her victories in straight sets and has dropped just 19 games in those victories. Rabot also has teamed with fellow freshman Remi Martin to put together a 4-3 record from the No. 2 doubles position.
Junior Michelle Sammons played at No. 1 singles for the first time this season against Notre Dame. Sammons and senior co-captain Stephanie Wooten forced Notre Dame's No. 1 doubles duo that is ranked first in the NCAA to a tiebreak before falling 8-7 (3) on Wednesday. Wooten and Sammons are 4-3 this season from the No. 1 doubles position. Wooten, who has been Purdue's main No. 1 singles player this season, is 3-3 in singles play.
Junior co-captain Tatiana Ganzha and freshman Anna Dushkina, who make up Purdue's No. 3 doubles team, are each 4-3 in singles this season. Ganzha had won three consecutive matches before falling against Notre Dame. Before Wednesday, Ganzha, who normally plays at No. 3 singles, was the only Boilermaker other than Wooten to play at No. 1 singles. Dushkina has put together her record primarily from the No. 6 singles position.
Oklahoma (2-2) has dropped its last two matches after starting the season with two straight victories. The Sooners fell to No. 72 Wichita State 5-2 on Sunday. Penn State (2-5) enters the weekend on a five-match losing streak. The Nittany Lions were defeated 5-2 by No. 39 Denver on Sunday.
Purdue and Oklahoma are meeting for the first time since 1982 and just the third time overall. The Sooners lead the all-time series 2-0. The Boilermakers have won 15 straight matches against Penn State and lead the all-time series 15-4. Last season, Purdue defeated Penn State 4-3.
Oklahoma and Penn State play each other Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Purdue is set to compete against Oklahoma Saturday at 3 p.m. before facing Penn State Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Big Ten opener for both teams. All three matches will be held inside the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center.