May 2, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s tennis team advanced a doubles team to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, the NCAA announced Wednesday night. Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany are the first Boilermaker doubles team to individually qualify since 2000.
Kapitany and Schmidt are No. 27 in the nation in the latest poll. The duo has wins over five ranked doubles pairs this season including the highest ranked victory of any kind in program history, a win over the No. 2 tandem in the nation. Kapitany and Schmidt went 15-6 during the regular season and 6-4 in conference play. They played a part in 13 of Purdue’s 17 doubles point wins this season.
Nebraska’s Patricia Veresova and Mary Weatherholt earned the automatic bid from the Big Ten. The Purdue duo was one of five conference at-large selections. The B1G has the second-most doubles pairs in the tournament with six, just behind the SEC which qualified seven in the field of 32. The full list of teams can be found here.
The singles and doubles competitions will run from May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which is from May 17-21. The University of Illinois is the hosting school.