April 18, 2012
No. 12 Northwestern (15-7, 8-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 29 Purdue (14-4, 6-3 Big Ten)
Friday, April 20
Combe Tennis Center
Evanston, Ill. 3 p.m.
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No. 12 Northwestern (15-7, 8-1 Big Ten) at No. 47 Indiana (15-8, 4-5 Big Ten)
Sunday, April 22
IU Tennis Center
Bloomington, Ind. 11 a.m.
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EVANSTON, Ill.-- No. 12 Northwestern will look to extend its season-best seven-match winning streak this weekend as it wraps up the 2012 regular season with tilts against Big Ten foes Purdue and Indiana. The Wildcats will play their final home match of the season Friday afternoon against the Boilermakers before traveling to Bloomington, Ind. to face the Hoosiers Sunday. Please note, Friday's match will be held indoors at the Combe Tennis Center.
Lucky Number Seven:
The Wildcats pushed their longest winning streak of the season to seven in a row with a pair of wins in conference play over No. 52 Penn State (6-1) and No. 61 Ohio State (5-2) over the weekend. This marks the 17th winning streak of seven matches or more under the direction of head coach Claire Pollard. The longest stretch without a loss for the 'Cats came in 2008 when the purple-and-white rattled off 23 straight wins from Feb. 16 to May 15 that season.
Despite winning both its matches last week, Northwestern dropped one spot to number 12 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released Tuesday. The Wildcats achieved their highest ranking of the season when they checked in at No. 8 on Feb. 29, while NU has ranked no lower than 15th this season.
Battling The Best:
The Wildcats, once again, have taken on the best of the best that collegiate tennis has to offer this season. Northwestern has played 14 of its 22 dual matches against teams ranked in the top 40 according to the ITA poll. The 'Cats have won seven of those battles with wins coming over No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Virginia, No. 15 Vanderbilt, No. 15 Michigan, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 32 Minnesota and No. 39 Nebraska (ranking on date of match). Friday's opponent, Purdue, is currently ranked 29th.
After winning all five matches on a recent road trip that concluded with a 4-3 win at No. 15 Michigan on April 8, the Wildcats have won six straight road matches. Northwestern owns an overall road record of 8-3 this season. The regular season concludes Sunday with a road match at Indiana.
Two Wildcats find themselves listed in this week's Campbell's/ITA singles poll. Junior Kate Turvy is ranked No. 17 this week, down four spots from last week after winning the only match she played against Penn State's No. 84 Petra Januskova. Classmate Brittany Wowchuk is listed at No. 67 this week. A third Northwestern singles player, Belinda Niu, has previously spent time in the poll this season.
Junior Linda Abu Mushrefova is a member of not one, but two ranked doubles teams according to the ITA doubles poll. Abu Mushrefova and teammate Nida Hamilton are ranked No. 25, though they have only played together once since March 21. The Bradenton, Fla., native and Veronica Corningare ranked 90th. Abu Mushrefova and her assorted partners have notched nine wins in dual matches this spring.
Northwestern's doubles tandem of Kate Turvy and Belinda Niuimproved its record to 13-2 with wins over Penn State and Ohio State over the weekend. Turvy and Niu opened the season with nine straight wins and they are currently 10-0 at the No. 3 position. No other doubles pair on the roster boasts more than four wins together this year.
Six NU singles players own double-digit wins for the 'Cats this season. Kate Turvy paces the group with 15 wins, while Linda Abu Mushrefova and Brittany Wowchuk have each won 13 times. Turvy and Veronica Corninglead the team with seven wins each in Big Ten play.
Thank You, Stacey:
Following the conclusion of doubles play Friday, senior Stacey Leewill be recognized in a brief ceremony for her contributions to Northwestern tennis over the past four seasons. Lee owns a combined 92 wins in singles and doubles play heading into the weekend, including marks of 4-3 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles play this season. Lee has been a member of three teams that have qualified for the NCAA Tournament and a pair of ITA National Indoor Team Championship squads (2009 and 2010).
Scouting the Boilermakers:
Purdue arrives in Evanston Friday with an overall record of 14-4 this season and a mark of 6-3 in Big Ten play. Six wins leaves the Boilermakers in fifth place behind Northwestern and Michigan, which are tied at the top at 8-1, and Illinois and Nebraska, which are tied for third at 7-2.
Following wins over Wisconsin and No. 31 Minnesota last weekend, the Boilermakers have risen to 29th in this week's ITA team poll. Purdue does not currently have any singles players or doubles pairs listed in the ITA rankings.
Northwestern leads the all-time series against Purdue, 39-1. The 'Cats have not dropped a match to the Boilermakers under the direction of head coach Claire Pollard.
Scouting the Hoosiers:
Indiana has won 15 dual matches this season, but the Hoosiers have lost four of their last five contests and three in a row in Big Ten play. IU is ranked 47th in the ITA poll that was released Tuesday.
Leslie Hureau has been the top singles player for Indiana this season. Hureau is ranked No. 77 and is tied for the team lead with 14 wins this spring, 13 of which have come at the No. 1 position. Kayla Fujimoto also has 14 wins to her credit with the most, 10, coming at No. 6.
Northwestern's series with Indiana is the closest of any of its Big Ten foes. The Wildcats hold a one-match edge in the series, 26-25.
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