April 8, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 47th-ranked Purdue women’s tennis team returns home after five straight road matches to host Wisconsin on Saturday.
“I am excited to host Wisconsin,” head coach Laura Glitz said. “After having so many home matches in the beginning of our season, we have not played at home for three weeks so it will be great to be back competing at the Schwartz Tennis Center. We also are hosting an alumnae weekend, so it will be awesome to have their support. I believe it will be a very successful weekend if we get back to the things that have earned us a lot of wins, which are competing for every point and hustling for every ball.”
Purdue (13-3, 2-3 Big Ten) is back from its longest stretch away from home this season. The Boilermakers last played at home on March 12, when they defeated 30th-ranked Ohio State 4-3. Purdue is 9-1 at home this season, with the only loss coming to top-ranked Northwestern on March 6, but dropped to 4-2 on the road with losses at 44th-ranked Indiana and 37th-ranked Illinois last weekend.
The Boilermakers are led by sophomore Jennifer Rabot, who is the 110th-ranked singles player in the NCAA. Rabot saw her season-opening winning streak in singles stopped at 14 against the Hoosiers, but rebounded to grab her 50th career singles win on Sunday at Illinois. Rabot also has teamed with senior Michelle Sammons, who is 8-8 at the No. 1 singles position this season, to post a 14-2 mark as Purdue’s No. 1 doubles duo.
Freshman Imogen Golder and junior Bhavani Tirumurti rank second on the team with 11 dual-match singles wins each. Tirumurti slid into the tie by picking up a three-set victory at No. 3 singles against Indiana. The duo also makes up Purdue’s No. 3 doubles team and boasts an 11-5 record in that spot.
Sophomore Anna Dushkina is right behind Golder and Tirumurti with 10 singles wins. The Richmond Hill, Ontario, native has appeared in every match at the No. 4 singles position and also has added seven doubles wins from No. 2. Freshman Gisella Pere has solidified her hold on the No. 6 singles position with an 8-5 mark in singles play. She made her collegiate doubles debut on March 12 and is 3-3 while partnering exclusively with Dushkina.
Wisconsin (6-12, 1-4) has lost three of its last four matches, including a 6-1 decision to eighth-ranked Michigan on Sunday. The Badgers, who are 1-5 on the road this season, picked up their first conference win by blanking Michigan State 7-0 on Saturday. Senior Katya Mirnova earned victories during both matches last weekend, including a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at No. 3 against the Wolverines.
Saturday’s match is set for a noon ET start from the Schwartz Tennis Center. Alumnae of the program will be recognized during the contest, which is slated to be the first this season on the Schwartz Family Outdoor Courts. Admission is free, and live results can be found at purduesports.com.