MURFREESBORO Tenn. - After a one-year hiatus, the Purdue women’s tennis team returns to the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Thursday, hosted by Middle Tennessee State. Last year, the Boilermakers did not compete in the tournament with their shortened fall schedule, making the trip that more meaningful for the five in attendance this season.
Silvia Ambrosio, Ena Babic, Amina Mukhametshina and Alex Sabe will all compete in the main draw of singles with Zala Dovnik plaing in the B draw. In doubles, head coach Laura Glitz has paired Ambrosio with Babic and Mukametshina with Sabe, one of just three returners for Purdue.
“We’re a rather young team, but the girls have quickly developed a lot of chemistry on the court,” Glitz said. “That was one of the main positives in our first tournament.”
“I’d like to see some improved singles play, though, this weekend - more consistency, better movement and an overall toughness on the court.”
Ambrosio and Babic were the team’s two standouts at the Miami Ohio invite, both going 3-0 in singles, but Dovnik and Sabe struggled in their matches, posting 0-3 and 1-2 records, respectively. Mukhametshina won two of her three singles matches in her first tournament since transferring to Purdue.
“Our goal each day and for this tournament is to keep getting better,” Glitz said. “By the time spring rolls around, we want to be playing our best tennis and be in the best physical condition.”
The Boilermakers are one of 26 programs competing in the four-day event, with all matches taking place at the Adams Tennis Center. The final rounds of singles and doubles are scheduled for Monday.