April 4, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 19 Purdue women’s tennis team has its second-straight conference road trip weekend as it travels to No. 13 Nebraska on Friday and Iowa on Sunday.
Purdue (12-2, 4-1 B1G) had its program-record 10-straight win streak snapped last weekend at Michigan as the Boilermakers fell, 6-1. The team bounced back with a 5-2 win at Michigan State as Claudia Escribens clinched the win in her first career match for Purdue. The Boilermakers two losses this season are against teams that were ranked in the top 15. The Boilermakers top doubles team has been impressive as Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt are ranked No. 39 in the nation. The duo also picked up a victory over the No. 2 tandem in the country from Michigan last weekend.
Nebraska (16-3, 5-0) has been ranked as high as No. 6 in the country this season. The Cornhuskers also had a 10-match winning streak this season. The streak included wins over Nos. 7, 15, 21, 32, and 64. Nebraska had dropped two-straight matches in California with a pair of 5-2 losses to San Diego and No. 35 Oklahoma State. The Huskers bounced back last weekend with a 5-1 win over No. 30 Penn State.
Nebraska has one of the nation’s best doubles teams. Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova are ranked No. 11 in the country. Weatherholt is also one of the country’s best singles players as she is ranked No. 13.
Iowa (8-8, 1-4) has had a tough open to Big Ten conference play. The Hawkeyes have lost to Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, and Ohio State, though they did pick up a win against Illinois. Ruth Seaborn is the top singles player for Iowa as she is ranked No. 85 in the country. She and Morven McCulloch team to make the No. 34 doubles team in the country.
Purdue and Nebraska are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Friday and the match is expected to be played outdoors, weather permitting. Sunday’s match is slated for noon.