Aug 29, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The women's tennis team released its schedule on Thursday, head coach Laura Glitz announced. The team has six fall tournament scheduled as well as a challenging non-conference slate in the spring that pairs Purdue against 15 ranked teams, including nine in the top 35 from a year ago.
"I am very excited about the new season and the outlook overall of the team," Glitz said. "We have a challenging fall schedule playing tournaments at Michigan, Yale, Miami, Illinois, All-Americans and Regionals and then we start the spring season with Tennessee who is perennially a top ranked program. I believe the team is ready for the challenge and I think we can take our program to the next level. I can't wait to start official practice and start training the team."
Purdue kicks off the fall slate with the Michigan Fall Invite which runs Sept. 20 to Sept. 22. The spring schedule unofficially begins with the Purdue Invitational which goes from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19. That invite is not a dual match and no records count towards the spring dual match schedule. The dual match season begins with a difficult neutral site matchup against Tennessee in the ITA Kick Off Weekend. The Volunteers finished 31st in the nation last season, just four spots behind the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers then have a matchup against either Clemson or Fresno State. Clemson, the host school, finished 13th in the nation last season while Fresno State finished 56th. Purdue returns to West Lafayette for the home opener just six days later, but the slate does not get much easier. The Boilermakers welcome Texas Christian to the Schwartz Tennis Center and the Horned Frogs finished 30th in the country in 2013.
The No. 75 team in the country also makes a trip to Purdue in February as Purdue is scheduled to take on Georgia State on Feb. 7. Two days later the Old Gold and Black hosts Tulsa, the team that finished 29th in the country last season. The Boilermakers then take a month long road trip that includes a neutral site matchup against Oklahoma, finished 35th in 2013, at Arkansas, 52nd a year ago, and at Northwestern, finished 12th last season, to open Big Ten play.
The lone break from Big Ten play is the spring break trip to Arizona to take on the Wildcats and Sun Devils. Arizona State finished the season 26th
The Boilermakers are coming off back-to-back record breaking seasons as the team won 18 matches each of the last two years. Purdue also picked up an NCAA Tournament win for just the second time in program history. The team adds three talented freshmen while losing one senior from last year's team, Gisella Pere.