May 9, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 30 Purdue women's tennis team earned a bid to the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships and will face No. 34 South Carolina in the first round on Friday. The Boilermakers and Gamecocks will face in the Miami regional. The Miami Hurricanes will host North Florida in the other match of the regional.
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 went 1-1 in the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed two weeks ago. 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 Boilermakers have one ranked doubles pair. Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt are the No. 27 duo nationally. They qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships later this month and are the first individuals to qualify from Purdue since 2000.
South Carolina is 13-11 on the year with a 6-7 mark in SEC play. The Gamecocks have two ranked singles players with Jaklin Alawi at No. 94 and Katerina Popova at No. 109. Alawi and Dominika Kanakova team to make the No. 29 doubles team in the nation. Popova and Josefin Anderson are the No. 65 doubles pair 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. The winners will play on May 11 at the University of Miami for a right to go to the championship site at the University of Illinois for the final four rounds.
Live updates will be available throughout the match on the team’s official Twitter feed, @PurdueWTennis.