Feb. 27, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a week off, the No. 39 Purdue women's tennis team returns to the court in its Big Ten opener at seventh-ranked Northwestern (6-3, 1-0 Big Ten) Saturday. The 4-3 Boilermakers will be taking on their fourth straight top-50 opponent when they meet the Wildcats in the Combe Tennis Center at 12 p.m. ET. Live scoring from the match will be available here.
Purdue went 1-1 in its last outing while playing then-No. 24 Oklahoma and then-No. 44 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The Boilermakers rebounded from a 6-1 loss to the Sooners on Feb. 15 with a 5-2 win over the Razorbacks on Feb. 16. Junior Daniela Vidal led the way by going 2-0 for Purdue at No. 2 singles. She owns a team-best record of 10-1 with time spent at Nos. 2 and 3.
Despite splitting matches on the trip, the Boilermakers slipped to 39th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's team rankings released Tuesday. The latest rankings were the first computerized ranking of the season, which are based on a computer point-per-match formula. Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany (7-3) were unable to retain their position at No. 51 in the doubles ranking after dropping both of their matches in Fayetteville.
The Wildcats kicked off their conference schedule by shutting out then-No. 37 Indiana, 7-0, on Feb. 20. Veronica Corning earned her second Big Ten Player of the Week honor as she snapped a four-match losing streak by defeating then-No. 65 Katie Klyczek of Indiana, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, for her fifth win over a ranked opponent in 2014. Corning, currently listed 49th, is one of four ranked singles players for Northwestern. She is joined by No. 37 Belinda Niu, No. 97 Maddie Lipp and No. 110 Jillian Rooney. The duo of Alicia Barnett and Corning checks in at No. 30 in the doubles rankings and the combo of Nida Hamilton and Lipp is 44th.
Purdue's last win over Northwestern was one for the record books. The Boilermakers recorded their biggest win in school history by taking down the 11th-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats, 4-2, to earn their first-ever berth in the 2012 Big Ten Championship match and eventually their first conference crown.