April 25, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The fourth-seeded Purdue women's tennis team opens up Big Ten Tournament play on Friday morning with a match against the No. 5 seed Illinois. The Boilermakers beat Illinois on Sunday to wrap up the regular season, 5-2.
Purdue (16-4) knocked off Illinois for the first time since 2007 over the weekend. The Boilermakers used singles wins at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 to defeat the Fighting Illini. That recap and box score can be found here. The team will have to duplicate its winning performance if it wants to advance in the conference tournament and that won't be easy given the history between the two schools. Illinois knocked the Boilermakers out of the tournament three years in a row from 2009-11. Last year, though, Purdue won the tournament for the first time in program history after beating Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Michigan in consecutive days. The Boilermakers are currently ranked No. 28 in the country.
Illinois is currently ranked No. 43 nationally. The Fighting Illini are 14-10 after Thursday's opening round win over the 12 seed in the tournament, Michigan State. Illinois won the match 4-1. The team has two ranked singles players and a ranked doubles pair as Melissa Kopinski is No. 111 in the nation, Allison Falkin is No. 117 nationally, and Kopinski and Rachael White team for the No. 25 duo in the country. The Fighting Illini beat Michigan State by way of winning the doubles point and victories at Nos. 1, 3, and 4. Michigan State picked up its point with a win at No. 5.
The Boilermakers and Illini will meet at 10 a.m. ET at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts in Bloomington, Ind. The winner of the match will move on to face the winner of top-seeded Michigan and the No. 8 seed, Iowa. Live results will be available on PurdueSports.com.