MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Purdue women’s tennis team (5-13, 0-7) travels to Minnesota (10-10, 2-4) and Wisconsin (4-12, 0-7) for a pair of matches this weekend. The Boilermakers open their final leg of the regular season against the Golden Gophers on Friday at 4 p.m. ET, followed by the Badgers on Sunday at noon. The women then visit Penn State (5-12, 2-5) and No. 4 Ohio State (21-2, 7-0) next weekend.
While all four matches are considered critical, the two this weekend are must-wins, as the Buckeyes are currently the No. 1 seed in the conference, with Indiana (11-11, 2-5), Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers (6-11, 1-7) and Wisconsin all fighting for the No. 9 and 10 seeds. Furthermore, a loss to the Golden Gophers and one more win by the Hoosiers would mathematically eliminate the Boilermakers from contention. Purdue fell to Indiana 4-3 earlier this season, giving the Hoosiers the advantage in a potential tie-break.
Looking closer at this weekend’s matches, the Boilermakers’ lineup is the only one to feature ranked players in either singles or doubles; Purdue boasts the No. 49 tandem in freshman Rafaella Baquerizo and senior Andjela Djokovic. The pair entered the standings last week after defeating the No. 2 doubles team in the nation while facing No. 10 Michigan (15-4, 7-0). Purdue has also won six of the last seven against the Golden Gophers, including a 4-3 mark last season at home, and is amid a 13-match win-streak against the Badgers.