May 8, 2006
Purdue Women's Tennis Weekly Release for May 8 in PDF Format
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Opponent(s) - Match Dates, Times
First Round: Harvard - May 12, 1 p.m.
Second Round: Northwestern/UIC - May 13, Noon
Eleventh-seeded and ninth-ranked Northwestern will play host to first- and second-round matches of the 2006 NCAA Championships in Evanston, Ill., on May 12 and 13. Northwestern is one of 16 campus sites for the first two rounds. Top-seeded and top-ranked Stanford will host the final four rounds of matches, beginning May 18. The team title match will be played in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 22.
Purdue at the NCAA Championships
Purdue is in the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in school history. The Boilermakers also competed in the event in 1996, 1998 and 2003. They are looking for their first-ever NCAA tournament win.
A Look at the Boilermakers
No. 43 Purdue is 13-10. The Boilermakers, who finished fifth in the Big Ten regular season with a 6-4 record, advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament in the last weekend of April. Northwestern spoiled their title run en route to claiming its eighth consecutive league crown.
A Look at the Crimson
No. 17 Harvard is 18-6. The Crimson went a perfect 7-0 in the Ivy League to claim its fourth consecutive and 17th overall conference crown. Harvard has won eight matches in a row dating to an April 1 loss at No. 8 Pepperdine.
Something in Common
Purdue and Harvard share two common opponents: Northwestern and Notre Dame. Purdue lost to the Wildcats 6-1 and 4-0, and lost to Notre Dame 3-4. The Crimson lost 4-3 at Northwestern, and 5-2 at Notre Dame.
Purdue and Harvard have never met. The Boilermakers are 0-1 all-time against the Ivy League, with a 1989 neutral-site loss to Yale.
Big Ten's Best
Purdue and Northwestern are not the only Big Ten schools in the 64-team NCAA bracket. In addition to the Boilermakers and Wildcats, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana also are in the field. Michigan and Iowa could meet in the quarterfinals, and could meet either Purdue or Northwestern in the semifinals. Indiana is in the other half of the bracket.
Purdue freshman Randi Schuler is ranked 106th in the latest Fila/ITA national poll (May 1). For Harvard, Eva Wang is ranked 118th, while the doubles pair of Melissa Anderson and Elsa O'Riain is ranked third.
A Second for Everything
A Purdue win over Harvard would give the Boilermakers their first NCAA victory in school history, but it also would give them their second win over a top-20 team this season; Purdue beat No. 19 Kentucky 5-2 on Feb. 19. So far this season, the Boilermakers are 1-6 against top-20 teams.
Should Purdue get past Harvard in the first round, it would face either host Northwestern or Illinois-Chicago in the second round. The second-round match will be played May 13.
Assume the Position
A look at Purdue's dual-match results and current win-loss streaks by position this spring:
No. 1 singles: 10-13; L1 (Schuler)
No. 2 singles: 16-7; L 2 (Beier)
No. 3 singles: 16-6; W2 (Voelker)
No. 4 singles: 16-7; W2 (Wooten)
No. 5 singles: 11-11; W2 (Dzeva)
No. 6 singles: 7-16; L1 (Minna)
No. 1 doubles: 15-8; L1 (Beier/Voelker)
No. 2 doubles: 18-4; W3 (Wooten/Schuler)
No. 3 doubles: 8-15; L2 (Minna/Dzeva)
A look at some Purdue team and individual accomplishments this spring:
- Achieved program-high national ranking of 30th (Feb. 28).
- Upset No. 19 Kentucky on Feb. 19. The win was Purdue's first over the Wildcats since 1979, and its second over a top-20 team in the last two years (also No. 19 Texas A&M in 2005).
- Went 5-0 in the month of February.
- Randi Schuler earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors on Feb. 21.
- Schuler achieved high national ranking of 54th (Jan. 10).
- Mallory Voelker went 9-1 in Big Ten matches.
- Voelker upset 24th-ranked Alexis Prousis of Northwestern 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 on April 16.
- Voelker achieved high national ranking of 98th (April 18).
- Doubles teams of Beier/Schuler and Wooten/Schuler combined for an 18-4 record at No. 2.
- Advanced to Big Ten Championships semifinal.