March 1, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 14 Purdue women’s tennis team hits the road this weekend to take on Western Michigan on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich. The first serve between the Boilermakers and Broncos is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
Purdue (5-1) has notched wins over four ranked programs this spring including No. 45 Kansas State, No. 65 Wichita State, No. 19 Notre Dame, and No. 35 Washington State this season. The lone loss on the season was 4-3 at No. 10 Northwestern in a non-conference matchup during ITA Kickoff Weekend. The Boilermakers currently have the highest ranking in program history after climbing in the polls for three-straight weeks.
Purdue has had great play all season in doubles and singles. Gisella Pere and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum are perfect on the year. Pere is 5-0 with all of her wins coming at No. 6 while Bernard-Feigenbaum is 4-0 with her wins coming at No. 4. Mara Schmidt has been consistent all year for Purdue at No. 2. The junior is 7-2 in singles on the season with six of her wins coming at No. 2 including four in dual match play. In doubles, Pere and Imogen Golder are a perfect 3-0 in dual match play at No. 3.
Western Michigan (6-6) is coming off three-straight losses. The most recent loss came Thursday at Notre Dame by the score of 7-0. The Broncos are 0-2 against Big Ten teams this season with losses to Michigan State, 4-3, and Indiana, 7-0. Nini Sujashvili leads the team as the No. 1 singles player. She is 7-5 on the season.
Kathleen Hawkins and Kelsey King have been playing well as of late. Hawkins has a 5-3 record on the season and won four-straight before the Notre Dame match. King is 8-3 in singles and was also on a four-match winning streak before Thursday’s loss.
Saturday’s match is the final of a seven-match road trip for the Boilermakers.
A full recap and box score will be available following the completion of the match on PurdueSports.com.