March 17, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 31 Purdue women's tennis team will face a pair of Pac-12 opponents in No. 28 Arizona State and No. 33 Arizona during its spring break trip. The Boilermakers will first play the Sun Devils (13-2, 1-0 Pac-12) at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz., Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. PT. They will then head to Tucson for a 1 p.m. PT battle with the Wildcats (11-1, 1-0 Pac-12) Wednesday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.
Purdue is looking to move above .500 after suffering a 5-2 loss to in-state rival and 44th-ranked Indiana on March 14. The Boilermakers received a doubles victory from Daniela Vidal and Natalia Davila at the No. 2 spot as the duo improved to 4-1. Providing wins in singles action were Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Andjela Djokovic. Bernard-Feigenbaum (8-3) was slotted at No. 3 for the first time this season and won her fourth straight match in straight sets. Djokovic (7-2) rallied from a 6-1 first-set loss to post back-to-back set scores of 6-4 to down her Hoosier opponent.
Arizona State brings a seven-match winning streak into Tuesday's battle. In their last outing on March 15, the Sun Devils downed No. 64 BYU, 4-3, by taking four of six singles matches. They boast a pair of nationally ranked singles players in No. 50 Stephanie Vlad and No. 96 Desirae Krawczyk. The two losses on Arizona State's came at the hands of Northwestern on Jan. 26 and Pepperdine on Feb. 15.
Arizona has been inactive since its Pac-12 opener at Washington on March 9. The Wildcats, who were ranked 56th at the time, cruised to a 6-1 victory over the then-No. 28 Huskies by taking doubles and five of six singles matches. They have won four straight since dropping a 6-1 match, their only misstep of the season, at then-No. 19 Texas Tech on Feb. 14. Arizona is led by No. 91 Lacey Smyth and No. 99 Kim Stubbe.
The match against Arizona State will be just the third meeting between the two programs, with the Sun Devils blanking the Boilermakers 7-0 in 2002 and 2009. Purdue has only played Arizona once, to which they suffered a 9-0 loss in 1988.