No. 36 Purdue Wins 7-0 Over Hard-Fighting Huskies

Feb. 24, 2007

West Lafayette, Ind. - The No. 36 Purdue Boilermakers (5-2) may have swept the winless Huskies (0-7) in women's tennis on Saturday, but they definitely had to earn the win. Washington forced Purdue to the limit in four three-set singles matches but failed to earn any victories.

Purdue seized the early momentum with a sweep of the doubles matches and the 1-0 lead. Purdue's No. 1 doubles team, ranked No. 28 nationally, of Mallory Voelker and Brooke Beier had an impressive 8-1 victory over UW's Mathilde Cor (Ugine, France) and Joyce Ardies (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The Boilermakers clinched the point with an 8-6 victory from their No. 2 doubles team over the Huskies' Tara Simpson (Vancouver, B.C) and Melinda Wong (Seattle, Wash.), who dropped to 7-3 as a pair.

The first singles match to conclude was at No. 6 where Morgan Ramser (Granite Bay, Calif.) made her Husky singles debut and dropped in straight sets to Purdue's Anna Dzeva.

Ardies' match at No. 3 against Randi Schuler was the only other match that didn't go three sets. The Brazilian, battling a muscle injury, fought Schuler to a 7-6 decision in the first set before giving way 6-1 in the second set.

With the match in Purdue's favor at 3-0 but the ultimate decision still in doubt, the Huskies did not back down. They instead pushed the Boilermakers to the limit with three set battles in the No. 1, 2, 4, and 5 matches.

Simpson and Cor each won the first set in the No. 1 and 2 singles respectively, but dropped the next two sets. Simpson's bid for her first victory at No. 1 faded when she lost 7-4 in a third-set tiebreaker, one of the four seven-game sets the Huskies were on the short end of the stick during the day.

Allison Rainey (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Wong both dropped the first sets of their matches but rebounded to win the second sets. Rainey came into the match with a team-best eight wins but ultimately could not add to that total, dropping the third set in the No. 4 match 6-4 to Neela Vaez. Wong was hoping to earn her second dual match win of the year, but lost 6-3 in the final set.

The Huskies will hope that they can have better luck tomorrow against an unranked foe. Washington will take on Illinois (2-4) at 9 a.m. in Champaign, Ill., its first match - and only one of two scheduled all season - against an unranked opponent. Washington is hoping to also feed off another advantage; they are 4-0 all-time against the Illini.

Washington (0-7) at #38 Purdue (5-2)
Saturday, Feb. 24 Results

1. Mallory Voelker (PUR) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
2. Brooke Beier (PUR) def. Mathilde Cor (UW), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Randi Schuler (PUR) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 7-6 (5), 6-1
4. Neela Vaez (PUR) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. Cigdem Duru (PUR) def. Melinda Wong (UW), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
6. Anna Dzeva (PUR) def. Morgan Ramser (UW), 7-5, 6-2

1. #28 Voelker/Beier (PUR) def. Cor/Ardies (UW), 8-1
2. Duru/Vaez (PUR) def. Simpson/Wong (UW), 8-6
3. Schuler/Dzeva (PUR) def. Rainey/Ramser (UW), 8-7

Order of Finish
6, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2
Doubles: 1, 2, 3

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