Oct. 1, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's tennis team added a volunteer assistant coach on Monday, head coach Laura Glitz announced. Caroline Lilley joins the staff after graduating from Georgia Tech in the spring and completing her collegiate tennis career.
"I am very excited to have Caroline join our staff," said Glitz. "She played at a very high level and for a prestigious university so I know she will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to our team. We had a good year last year and I believe she can help push our program to the next level. We are very fortunate that she chose to volunteer at Purdue."
Lilley played four years of college tennis including two at Kentucky before transferring to Georgia Tech. She was ranked throughout her career in singles and doubles with highs coming at No. 67 and No. 15, respectively. The Portland, Ore., native had two seasons with at least 25 singles victories with her best coming her junior year where she posted a record of 26-12.
During her career, Lilley helped Georgia Tech to a number of huge victories. As a senior, Lilley clinched a 4-3 victory over the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide with a third set come-from-behind win where she won the final four games. The new Boilermaker volunteer coach also clinched four other matches for the Yellow Jackets that year.
Lilley graduated from Georgia Tech with the second-best doubles winning percentage of any player who competed for at least two seasons. She compiled a 38-17 record including 20-7 in dual match play, good for a winning percentage of 69.1%. Lilley had a total of 68 doubles and 77 singles wins in her career.
The Ramblin' Wreck grad is no stranger to Big Ten competition either. As a junior, Lilley clinched team wins over Northwestern and Iowa. She also clinched a win over Ohio State as a Kentucky freshman. Lilley came to West Lafayette last year and competed in the Purdue Fall Invitational against Purdue, Iowa, and Illinois, mainly at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions.
Lilley graduated from Georgia Tech in May with a degree in managment and a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Lilley joins the Purdue team after it returned home from the IU Invitational over the weekend. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum won the flight four championship while Imogen Golder and Krisztina Kapitany made it to the flight two finals. Daniela Vidal also picked up a win over a higher seed in flight one. Lynda Xepoleas and Mara Schmidt also rejoin the rest of the team after competing at the ITA All-American tournament.