Feb. 28, 2014
#7 Northwestern (6-3) vs. #39 Purdue (4-3)
Saturday, March 1, 2014 11 a.m.
Combe Tennis Center
EVANSTON, Ill. - The seventh-ranked Wildcats will return home to the Combe Tennis Center for the first time since early February to host the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, March 1. The match is NU's second in a row against a team from the Hoosier State, as the `Cats took down Indiana last Thursday 7-0. The Purdue match is slated to begin at 11 a.m.
Northwestern received strong efforts across the board in its dominant win over Indiana last week. NU clinched the doubles point and improved its season record to 6-0 when doing so. Belinda Niu and Nida Hamilton, playing at No. 2 and No. 5 respectively, cruised to victories in straight sets. Niu stretched her current winning streak to 10, dating back to the fall tour.
Veronica Corning was honored as the Big Ten Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week after she knocked off No. 65 Katie Klyczek 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Corning snapped a four-match skid with the victory. All five of her wins in 2014 have come against ranked opponents.
The Wildcats currently claim four players in the ITA national singles rankings. Niu, claiming a 6-0 mark, is the highest-ranked NU player at No. 37. Corning follows at No. 49 with a 5-4 record. A pair of freshmen round out the poll for Northwestern with Maddie Lipp at No. 97 and Jillian Rooney at No. 110.
In doubles play, Northwestern boasts two nationally ranked tandems. Corning and Alicia Barnett, playing in the No. 1 spot, have amassed a 4-3 record and sit at No. 30 in the poll. Lipp and Hamilton have risen to No. 44 while playing at No. 2. Their record sits at 6-3.
Purdue comes into Evanston holding a 4-3 mark in 2014. The Boilermakers are opening Big Ten play in the match with NU. Northwestern will be the first top-20 opponent that Purdue has faced this season. The Boilermakers are 3-3 vs. ranked foes, including a 5-2 win over No. 44 Arkansas in the team's most recent match on Feb. 16.
Boilermaker senior Mara Schmidt has compiled a 3-7 record while playing at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. She has played the last four matches at No. 1 and has lost five matches in a row headed into Saturday. Daniela Vidal has played at both No. 2 and No. 3 and has put together a 10-1 campaign, winning eight of her 10 matches in straight sets.
Northwestern has defeated Purdue in 16 straight regular-season matches dating back to the 1998-99 season.
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