April 30, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 28 Purdue women's tennis team earned a bid to the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships and will face South Carolina in the first round. The Boilermakers travel to the Miami regional where the Hurricanes will host North Florida in the other match.
Purdue finished the season 17-5 after a third place finish at the Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers are the second seed in the regional behind No. 6 overall Miami. Purdue and South Carolina will meet May 10.
Purdue went 1-1 in the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed. It defeated the No. 5 seed Illinois, 4-1, before falling to the top overall seed, Michigan. The Boilermakers' 17 wins tie the second most in program history with the 2010 team. Last year's team has the most wins in program history with 18. The lone senior on the team, Gisella Pere, has been a part of more dual match victories than any other student-athlete to come through Purdue as she has been a part of 65 victories to date.
The 2013 team has also achieved the highest ranking in program history as it was as high as No. 14 in the nation this season. It also has the highest ranked road win as it knocked off then-No. 19 Notre Dame, 4-3. This also marks the first time in program history that the team has reached the NCAA team tournament in back-to-back years.
South Carolina is ranked 33rd in the nation in the latest ITA poll. The Gamecocks are 13-11 on the year with a 6-7 mark in SEC play. They have two ranked singles players with Jaklin Alawi at No. 92 and Katerina Popova at No. 121. Alawi and Dominika Kanakova team to make the No. 35 doubles team in the nation.
South Carolina has now made it to 19-straight NCAA Tournaments and 23 overall. The Gamecocks have won at least one match in the NCAA Tournament in 16 of those 19-consecutive trips.
The winner of the Purdue vs. South Carolina match moves on to the round of 32 to face the winner of Miami and North Florida on May 11 for a right to go to the championship site at the University of Illinois for the final four rounds.
Individual selections for the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments will be announced on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. on NCAA.com. Illinois will also host that event.