April 9, 2015
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The home stretch of B1G dual matches continues for the No. 34 Purdue women's tennis team, hosting Rutgers (6-12, 0-9 B1G) on Saturday and Maryland (9-11, 2-7 B1G) on Sunday. It will be the first-ever meeting against both of the conference newcomers. Competition from the Schwartz Tennis Center is scheduled to get underway each day at 12 p.m. ET.
Saturday is the Boilermakers' Hammer Down Cancer match. A charity tennis ball hitting contest will be held between the doubles and singles matches. Fans can purchase tennis balls for $1 each or a dozen balls for $10. Members of the women's tennis team will toss the balls to fans, who will attempt to hit the balls toward prizes on the court. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research.
The Boilermakers moved to 11-5, 4-3 B1G after splitting with No. 14 Michigan and then-No. 43 Michigan State last weekend. Purdue rebounded from being shut out by the Wolverines with a strong 6-1 performance over the Spartans. In the win over MSU, the No. 3 duo of Krisztina Kapitany and Nicole Robinson were credited with bringing in the 10th doubles point while improving to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play.
Not only has Kapitany been providing consistent results in doubles, she has won 11 of her last 12 singles matches with time split at Nos. 5 and 6. At 12-3, Kapitany is only one victory shy of her career win high (13) in spring action.
The Scarlet Knights' transition into the B1G has them on a current six-match skid and they are winless against conference opponents. In their nine B1G matches, they have been outscored 55-8, with a trio of 7-0 losses.
Prior to making its first trip to West Lafayette, Maryland will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, to face the 52nd-ranked Hoosiers Saturday. Like Rutgers, the Terrapins' inaugural B1G campaign has seen more losses than wins. They shut out the Scarlet Knights and Nebraska in their two conference victories.
Maryland has dropped its last six dual matches, and after appearing on the previous 11 ITA team rankings, fell out for the first time this season. The Terps are represented on the doubles rankings with No. 73 Ekaterina Tour and Welma Luus.
Boilermaker Kids Club members can join the fun of B1G tennis at Kids Club Day Sunday at the Schwartz Tennis Center. Join us for FREE pizza and the chance to win prizes from the Boilermaker Prize Wheel.