April 12, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 23 Purdue women’s tennis team has a couple home conference matches this weekend. The Boilermakers will face Wisconsin on Saturday and Minnesota on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at noon ET.
Purdue (13-3, 5-2 B1G) split a pair of conference matches last weekend. The Boilermakers fell to then-No. 13 Nebraska, 6-1, before defeating Iowa, 5-2. Daniela Vidal has been playing well lately. The sophomore has won eight of her last 10 matches at No. 3 singles. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum has had an outstanding season in singles as well. She is 12-1 in dual match play, all at No. 4.
The Boilermakers also have one of the top doubles tandems in the nation. Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt are ranked No. 25 in the nation and have a number of big wins. The duo has defeated teams currently ranked Nos. 2, 9, 30, 48, 49, and 74.
Wisconsin (4-14, 2-5) has dropped three of its last four matches. The Badgers defeated Ohio State, 5-2, last weekend for its second conference win. They also knocked off Michigan State earlier this year by the same score. Wisconsin has lost 11 of its last 13 matches.
Minnesota (9-10, 3-4) has hit a rough patch in its schedule. The Golden Gophers have dropped four of its last five matches. The win came last weekend against Penn State as the Gophers won, 4-3. Most of Minnesota’s success has come at home as it is 8-2 at the Baseline Tennis Center. Other matches, though, the Gophers have struggled. They are 0-5 in true road contests and just 1-3 at neutral sites. Minnesota fairs well in close matches as it holds a 3-0 record in 4-3 decisions.
Weather will determine the location of the matches. If the temperatures are warm enough and the rain stays away, Purdue will play on the Schwartz Family Outdoor Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center. However, if that is not the case, the matches will be forced indoors onto the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center. Live scoring will be available for both matches as well as a live, interactive blog on PurdueSports.com.