May 9, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The ITA released its latest college tennis rankings and the Purdue women earned their highest ranking in program history. After knocking off three top-20 teams en route to a Big Ten Tournament Championship, the Boilermakers picked up the No. 22 rank in the nation.
Purdue (18-6) earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA bid and is headed to Berkeley, Calif., to take on No. 41 Pepperdine in the opening round. The Boilermakers’ previous best ranking came earlier this season when the team was ranked No. 27.
The Waves finished the season 15-8 and lost in the West Coast Conference Championship match to San Diego, 4-2. Pepperdine has two ranked singles players with Khunpak Issara ranked No. 62 and Ale Granillo tabbed No. 105 in the country. Purdue has a singles player ranked in this week’s rankings. Jennifer Rabot notched the No. 83 ranking in the country after an amazing run to end the season. She knocked off Kate Turvy of Northwestern twice, now ranked No. 20, Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska, Big Ten Athlete of the Year and currently ranked No. 47, and Allison Falkin of Illinois, the nation’s No. 111 player in the latest poll.
Pepperdine also has a ranked doubles pair. Issara and Lorraine Guillermo team to make up the No. 32 duo in the country. The Waves finished the season on a hot streak as they won 10 of their last 12 matches. During that streak, though, Pepperdine lost at home to Long Beach State, 5-2. The Boilermakers played a spring break match at Long Beach State and won, 7-0. Issara has the best record among Waves as she posted a 15-8 dual match singles record including 9-4 at the top spot.
Purdue and Pepperdine have played three times prior to Friday’s 1 p.m. ET matchup. The Waves won all three meetings from 1997-99.
The University of California will host the first and second rounds. The Golden Bears have set up a Tournament Central page that can be accessed by clicking here. Live video and scoring can be found there. That link can also be found at PurdueSports.com on the women’s tennis schedule. The winner of the Purdue vs. Pepperdine match will advance to play on Saturday against the winner of No. 9 California and No. 57 Sacramento State. All matches will be played at the Hellman Tennis Complex.