March 23, 2004
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Minnesota-March 27, 1 p.m.
Iowa-March 28, 11 a.m.
Minnesota leads Purdue 23-7
Purdue and Iowa are tied 18-18
The Boiling Point
Starting with Minnesota on Saturday, the Boilermakers will compete in 8 consecutive Big Ten matches. Purdue started off the season with a 4-3 win over No. 17 Illinois.
A Look at the Boilermakers
Purdue is 6-6. The 45th-ranked Boilermakers are coming off two victories during spring break. The Boilermakers took two one-point victories over the Aztecs and the Anteaters.Freshman Hala Sufi took two wins at No. 3 singles matches against Indra Erichsen of San Diego State, 6-4, 6-2, and Hui Leow, 6-2, 6-1, from UC Irvine. Also picking up two single match wins was senior Melissa Woods (No. 6). Purdue took the doubles points in both matches with wins from No. 2 and No. 3.
A Look at the Hawkeyes
No. 38 Iowa will take a 11-3 record into the March 27th match against Purdue. The Hawkeyes are coming off a loss to No. 21Notre Dame on March 18th. In doubles, Meg Racette and Hilary Mintz defeated 37th-ranked Christian and Catrina Thompson, 9-8. Iowa is currently 1-0 in the Big Ten with a 4-3 win over Minnesota on February 28th.
A Look at the Gophers
Minnesota is 2-10 (0-1 Big Ten) returning to conference play this weekend against the Boilermakers.
The Golden Gophers went 0-3 in California on their spring break trip. Minnesota was beaten by No. 14 Fresno State and No. 52 Sacramento State. Senior Angela Buergis was the lone victor as the No. 1 against Missouri. Buergis now holds a 9-3 singles record in the spring.
Back Home Again in Indiana
The Boilermakers return home after the spring break trip to California to continue Big Ten play. The trip resulted in two wins and ended the non-conference schedule. Purdue ended 5-6 against non-conference opponents this season.
The Finer Side of 4-3
The Boilermakers continue their roll with two 4-3 victories in California. Purdue's 4-3 upset of No. 17 Illinois was its first one-point victory in 2004. Until the win over the Fighting Illini, the Boilermakers had lost three 4-3 matches this spring.
Purdue and Iowa have met 36 times ,tied 18-18. The last meeting between the Boilermakers and the Hawkeyes came on February 16, 2003 in Iowa City. Purdue was defeated 3-4. Purdue and Minnesota have met 30 times, with the Golden Gophers leading 7-23. The Hawkeyes were victorious, 2-4, in the last meeting on April 26, 2003.
Wrap It Up
Purdue's matches at San Diego State and UC Irvine were its last two of the 2004 non-conference schedule. The Boilermakers finished 5-6 against non-conference opponents this season.
Purdue has posted a 13-26 record in the month of March since the 1999 season, and is 3-0 in 2004. The Boilermakers' best March record over the last five years is 3-4 (2002).
On the Horizon
Purdue will have a weeklong break before getting back into the swing of things with a Big Ten home weekend against Minnesota and Iowa on March 27 and 28. The Boilermakers will have two straight Big Ten home weekends before getting back out on the road to take on Ohio State and Penn State on April 10 and 11.