Feb. 27, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The women’s tennis team climbed in the polls for the third week in a row as it soared to a new program record, No. 14 in the country. This is the first time the women’s tennis team has ever been in the top 15.
Purdue (5-1) has competed against some of the nation’s best this year as the Boilermakers have already faced five ranked teams including two top 20 teams and four in the top 50. Purdue is 4-1 against ranked competition with wins over No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 32 Washington State, No. 45 Kansas State, and No. 65 Wichita State. The lone loss came against Northwestern, in a non-league matchup, which is now ranked No. 8 in the country.
The Purdue women have moved up in the rankings in five of the six polls this season. The team started the spring season at No. 27. The following week, the team moved up to No. 26. After a week without competition, the team idled at 26 for another week. The next week, the team climbed into the top 25 for just the second time in program history as the team rose to No. 24. The only other time was last season when the team had its then-program record ranking of No. 22 after winning the Big Ten Tournament Championship.
The Boilermakers then broke the school record by jumping to No. 20 in the rankings after knocking off Notre Dame on the road. Notre Dame is now No. 18 in the country. It was the first time Purdue beat a top 20 team on the road in program history. Last weekend, the women traveled to Kansas to face Kansas State and Wichita State, both in Wichita. The women first beat the Wildcats before dominating the Shockers. Those two wins helped boost Purdue’s winning point total, as this week’s poll is the first computer poll of the season, and moved the team up to No. 14 in the nation.
The Big Ten has four teams in the top 25 and all of them are in the top 15. Northwestern leads the way with its No. 8 ranking. Nebraska is just behind the Wildcats as it is ranked No. 10. Michigan checks in one spot ahead of the Boilermakers with the nation’s No. 13 ranking.
The SEC leads the way with six teams in the top 25. The ACC has the second-most top 25 teams with five. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are tied for third on the list with four teams each.
Purdue wraps up its seven-match road trip this weekend as the team travels to Western Michigan. Following their match against the Broncos, the Boilermakers open Big Ten play at home against instate rival Indiana in their first home dual match of the season.