March 7, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 29th-ranked Purdue women’s tennis team (4-4, 0-1 Big Ten) returns home to the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center to host No. 36 Illinois (6-4, 0-0 Big Ten) Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. The conference dual match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network. Live scoring from the match will also be available here.
The Boilermakers are looking to rebound from a 4-3 loss to then-No. 7 Northwestern on March 1. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Andjela Djokovic each recorded an upset in singles play. Bernard-Feigenbaum took down No. 110 Jillian Rooney in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4 to improve to 6-3 in her sophomore campaign.
In her first match against a ranked opponent, Djokovic took down No. 97 Maddie Lipp of Northwestern 6-3, 6-2. It was her third straight win while playing in the No. 6 singles position. She owns an overall record of 6-1 and has also seen action as the No. 5 singles player. For her performance, Djokovic was named Big Ten’s women’s tennis Athlete of the Week.
Illinois will play at Northwestern on Saturday before making the trip to West Lafayette. The Fighting Illini have been inactive since playing at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Feb. 21-23, where they won two of their three matches. They defeated then-No. 36 Yale (4-2) and then-No. 29 Oklahoma State (4-3), but fell to then-No. 14 Alabama (4-0).
Thanks a 5-2 win to close out the 2013 regular season and a 4-1 decision to open the Big Ten Tournament, the Boilermakers took control of the all-time series, 29-27, dating back to 1975. The pair of victories last year snapped Illinois’ eight-match winning streak against Purdue that ran from 2008-12.