March 29, 2005
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A Look at the Boilermakers
No. 61 Purdue is 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are coming off a split weekend, in which they suffered a 4-3 loss to Indiana before defeating Penn State 7-0. Purdue won two of three doubles and all six singles matches against the Lady Lions. Freshman Brooke Beier, now holding down the No. 4 singles spot, has won three straight matches and is 3-0 in Big Ten action.
A Look at the 49ers
No. 72 Long Beach State is 9-6 overall, and is coming off a 6-1 victory over Brown on March 27. The 49ers' match at Purdue will be their first outside California all season; they are 3-4 on the road, with all seven matches being played in the Golden State. After meeting the Boilermakers, Long Beach State will travel to Notre Dame on April 2, and Illinois-Chicago on April 3. Nicole Bouffler is the 49ers' No. 1 singles player. She owns an 11-4 record at the top spot this spring. She and Sandra Rocha are 12-2 at No. 1 doubles. Jenny Hilt-Costello is in her eighth year as head coach.
A Look at the Buckeyes
No. 68 Ohio State is 6-10 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten before playing Illinois in Columbus on April 2. The Buckeyes enter the contest with the Fighting Illini after snapping a three-match losing skid. The victory that ended the streak came at Minnesota on March 27. The Buckeyes rallied from 3-1 down to post the 4-3 win, their first in league play this spring. Prior to the Illinois match, Ohio State is 4-6 at home this season. The Buckeyes, coached by Chuck Merzbacher, last played at home on March 12 (TCU, L 2-5).
Purdue's Hala Sufi is ranked 74th in the latest ITA national poll, released March 22. The Boilermaker doubles pair of Lara Burgarello and Shawna Zuccarini fell out of the latest poll after being ranked as high as 40th on Feb. 22. No one from Long Beach State or Ohio State currently is ranked. The next singles and doubles polls will be released April 5.
- Purdue and Long Beach State have never met. The 49ers are one of 10 current members of the Big West Conference. Purdue owns a 3-3 all-time record against the current alignment, with its last Big West victory coming against UC Irvine on March 19, 2004.
- Ohio State leads the all-time series with Purdue 20-17. The Buckeyes won last year's meeting 5-2 in Columbus, halting a two-match win streak for the Boilermakers. Ohio State has won the last two on its home court; Purdue's last win in Columbus came on April 18, 1998 (5-2).
Don't I Know You?
Boilermaker fans attending the Long Beach State match may recognize someone on the 49er staff. Assistant coach Hally Cohen played tennis for the Old Gold and Black from 1995 to 1998. A native of El Paso, Texas, Cohen recorded 63 singles and 39 doubles wins in her career, which culminated in the most successful season in Purdue history. In 1998, Cohen and the Boilermakers won 14 matches, went 8-2 in the Big Ten and competed in the NCAA Championships. Cohen is in her sixth year at Long Beach.
Welcome to Indiana
Purdue has played 22 matches against California teams, including one this season at Berkeley. All 22 have been played on the road, meaning Long Beach is the first team from California to play the Boilermakers in Lafayette/West Lafayette.
Purdue's 7-0 win over Penn State was its second blanking of an opponent in 2005, and its first against a Big Ten team since April 20, 2003 (Indiana).
On the Horizon
Purdue will finish its non-conference season at home against LSU on April 6. Following the match against the Lady Tigers, the Boilermakers will have six regular-season Big Ten matches remaining: four at home and two on the road.