March 29, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 21 Purdue women’s tennis continues Big Ten action this weekend. The Boilermakers will hit the road take on No. 10 Michigan on Saturday and Michigan State on Sunday.
Purdue (11-1, 3-0 B1G) is riding the longest winning streak in program history. The Boilermakers have won 10-straight matches including three in a row in conference play. They picked up a pair of conference wins last weekend with victories over No. 53 Ohio State and No. 37 Penn State. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum has been perfect on her young season. The freshman is 9-0 in singles play with all of her wins coming at No. 4. Gisella Pere has also has an outstanding season and is 10-1 in singles play. She has played the entire season at No. 6.
Michigan (12-3, 3-0) is the top ranked team in the conference. The Wolverines have won seven matches in a row including three top-twenty victories. Michigan has defeated six teams ranked in the top 25 with a best win against No. 2 Duke. Emina Bektas is the top ranked player for the Wolverines. The Indianapolis, Ind., native is ranked No. 29 in the country. Newcomer Ronit Yurovsky has also been outstanding. She is ranked No. 39 in the nation. Sarah Lee rounds out the ranked singles players as she is No. 76 in the country.
Purdue and Michigan squared off twice last season. The Wolverines won the regular season meeting before the Boilermakers knocked off Michigan in the Big Ten Championships title match, 4-3.
Michigan State (10-8, 0-3) finished up non-conference play earlier this season with a 10-5 record after starting the season on a seven-game winning streak. The Spartans spent spring break in Florida picking up wins against Florida Atlantic and Florida International. The Spartans fell on the road last weekend to Minnesota, 6-1, and Wisconsin, 5-2. At the top spot is senior Marina Bohrer who holds an 11-6 record. Sharing time at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots are junior Olga Chernova and sophomore Catherine Parenteau. Chernova has a 7-11 record while Parenteau is 8-11.
Purdue and Michigan State also played twice last year. Purdue won both including in the first round of the Big Ten Championships.
The Boilermakers are scheduled to face Michigan at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday. On Sunday, Purdue and Michigan State will begin at noon. Live scoring will be available for the matches on PurdueSports.com.