April 9, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s tennis team wraps up its regular-season road schedule this weekend with two matches in the state of Michigan.
“After coming off a good weekend, I believe the team is ready to compete against Michigan and Michigan State,” head coach Laura Glitz said. “I am looking for us to compete hard and fight for every point. If we do those things, I know we will have another successful weekend.”
Purdue (6-10, 2-4) opens its weekend competition Saturday against No. 20 Michigan before moving on to East Lansing for a Sunday showdown with Michigan State. The Boilermakers, who are 2-2 in Big Ten road matches this season, split their two away matches last weekend, beating No. 70 Wisconsin 6-1 to earn their first win over a ranked opponent this season and falling to No. 1 Northwestern.
Senior co-captain Stephanie Wooten earned the 63rd doubles victory of her Purdue career last weekend, a number that places her ninth on the school’s career doubles wins list. Seventeen of those wins have come with junior Michelle Sammons as her partner. The duo has played at the No. 1 position during the entire spring season and is 10-6 in 2009. Wooten also is second on the team with nine singles victories.
Freshman Jennifer Rabot leads the Boilermakers with her 12 singles wins in dual-match play. The Harlow, Essex, England, native had a three-match winning streak snapped when she suffered a three-set loss at Northwestern. Rabot and fellow freshman Remi Martin make up Purdue’s No. 2 doubles team and have a 6-7 record together.
Junior co-captain Tatiana Ganzha and freshman Anna Dushkina are tied for third on the team in singles wins. They both have 8-8 records in 2009 and also have teamed up to handle the No. 3 position in doubles for Purdue. Last weekend, Dushkina did not play doubles and Ganzha was paired with freshman Kay Kay Magi at No. 3.
Michigan (11-5, 6-1) hosts the 33rd-ranked Texas A&M Aggies on Thursday battling Purdue. The Wolverines feature senior Chisako Sugiyama, who is 10-6 in singles play this season and ranked 67th in the NCAA. Sugiyama and junior Tania Mahtani have a 10-4 doubles record and are currently the 26th-ranked duo in the country. Sophomore Denise Muresan leads the team with 11 singles victories.
Michigan State (8-12, 1-6) is on a two-match losing streak and has lost four of its last five matches. The Spartans are led by freshman Elena Ivanova, who has 10 singles wins in the spring. Ivanova and senior Stephanie Kebler, who has played every match from the No. 1 singles position, make up the 74th-ranked doubles duo in the NCAA. Purdue leads the all-time series between the two schools 23-14.
Purdue and Michigan square off at 11 a.m. ET from the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Courts, which will serve as the host facility for this year’s Big Ten Championships April 23-26. The Boilermakers and Spartans also begin their match at 11 a.m. Live results from Saturday’s match can be found at purduesports.com.