April 19, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 29 Purdue women’s tennis team will host No. 21 Illinois on Sunday at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The match is also the Breast Cancer Awareness match and Senior Day. Anna Dushkina, Kay Kay Magi, and Jennifer Rabot will be honored for all of their hard work on and off the courts.
Purdue (14-4, 6-3 Big Ten) currently sits in fifth place in the Big Ten and also has a match against Northwestern on Friday. The Boilermakers still have a chance to grab a share of the Big Ten Championship for the regular season. Sunday’s match will be the last at the Schwartz tennis center for Dushkina, Magi, and Rabot. Magi has racked up 21 singles victories and 13 doubles wins over her career. Dushkina has 67 singles victories in her career and 47 doubles wins. Those 67 wins in singles puts her in 12th all-time in program history. Rabot has put together one of the finest careers in Purdue lore. She has accumulated 85 singles victories as well as 87 doubles wins. Currently, her singles win total is fifth all-time and her doubles shattered the program record of 79 set by Jennifer Embry and Brooke Beier.
Illinois (13-6, 7-2 Big Ten) has been playing its best tennis at the right time. The Fighting Illini have won three in a row and nine of its last 10 including some impressive wins. Illinois has knocked off Nebraska, Minnesota, and Texas during that stretch. Allison Falkin is the top singles player on the team as she ranks No. 98 in the country. Falkin and Rachael White make up the nation’s No. 48 doubles pair while teammates Marisa Lambropoulos and Melissa Kopinski are the No. 59 duo.
Sunday is also Purdue’s Breast Cancer Awareness Match. The team encourages all fans to wear pink to support the cause. Donations will also be accepted for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure organization.
Purdue leads the all-time series over Illinois 27-26, but the Illini have been making a comeback as they have won seven in a row including three straight years of knocking the Boilermakers out of the Big Ten Tournament.
The match is scheduled to start at noon ET at the Schwartz Tennis Center. Live results will be available at PurdueSports.com.