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    Northwestern Hosts Purdue on Senior Day, Travels to Indiana

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Spencer Wolf is one of three seniors who will be competing in their final home match Friday.
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    Spencer Wolf is one of three seniors who will be competing in their final home match Friday.
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    April 18, 2013

     #34 Northwestern (18-8, 4-5 Big Ten) vs. #61 Purdue (16-9, 3-6)
     Date  Friday, April 19 | 1:30 p.m.
     Location  Combe Tennis Center  | Evanston, Ill.
     Live Scoring  NUsports.com
     Updates  @NU_SportsLIVE  
     #34 Northwestern at #53 Indiana (16-11, 6-3 Big Ten)
     Date  Sunday, April 14 | 11 a.m. CT
     Location  IU Tennis Center  | Bloomington, Ind.
     Live Scoring  IUHoosiers.com

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 34 Northwestern wraps up its regular season this weekend, hosting No. 61 Purdue Friday on Senior Day before traveling to No. 53 Indiana Sunday.

    Friday's match gets underway at 1:30 p.m. at Combe Tennis Center, while Sunday's match begins at 11 a.m. Central time in Bloomington. Seniors Sidarth Balaji, Chris Jackman and Spencer Wolf will be honored during their final home match on Friday.

    With the Big Ten tournament slated to get underway next Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, NU enters the final two matches of the conference slate with a 4-5 record, currently good for a seventh-place standing.

    The Wildcats split a pair of home matches last weekend, defeating Penn State 5-2 on Friday before falling 6-1 to fifth-ranked Ohio State on Sunday. Northwestern won the doubles point while notching wins at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles -- all in straight sets -- against the Nittany Lions.

    Junior Raleigh Smith posted an upset win against the Buckeyes at No. 2 singles, defeating sixth-ranked Peter Kobelt 6-2, 3-5, 6-4. The victory helped Smith break into this week's ITA singles rankings at No. 83. The doubles team of Wolf and Alex Pasareanu is ranked 79th in doubles.

    Purdue is a game behind the Wildcats at 3-6 in the Big Ten entering Friday's matchup. The Boilermakers (16-9 overall) dropped both of their matches on the road last week, falling 4-3 at No. 75 Wisconsin on Friday before losing 5-2 at No. 40 Minnesota on Sunday. Krisztian Krocsko leads Purdue with an 18-4 dual record, including 6-2 in Big Ten play, while competing primarily at the No. 5 spot.

    Indiana (16-11, 6-3) competes at Illinois on Friday before hosting the Wildcats. The Hoosiers and the Illini enter the weekend tied for fourth place in the Big Ten. The doubles pairing of Sam Monette and Isade Juneau is ranked 19th while Juneau is ranked 53rd when paired with Josh MacTaggart. Monette is ranked No. 104 in singles play and has a dual record of 21-5 while splitting time at each of the top three spots in the lineup.

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