March 27, 2014
The No. 63 women's tennis team will host a pair of ranked Big Ten opponents this weekend when they take on No. 46 Purdue and No. 35 Indiana at the Baseline Tennis Center. The Gophers will clash with the Boilermakers Friday at 5 p.m. before taking on the Hoosiers Sunday at 10 a.m.
Off to a hot 13-3 start, Minnesota jumped into the national rankings for the first time all season this week at No. 63 after defeating then-No. 65 Iowa and Nebraska a week ago. The Gophers, who won just three Big Ten matches all of last season, are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 1999. Overall, the Gophers have a six-match winning streak that dates back to Feb. 23.
The Boilermakers will hit the court for match play for the first time since March 19 Friday and come into the showdown with a 5-7 record that includes a 1-2 mark in the Big Ten. All seven of the team's losses have come against opponents ranked 45 or higher. Junior Daniela Vidal has played the team's last four matches at No. 1 singles, going 1-3, after senior Mara Schmidt had a run at the position. Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany are the 70th-ranked doubles duo in the nation with a 9-5 record at No. 1 doubles.
Indiana, which plays Wisconsin Friday, enters the weekend at 13-5 and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are looking to bounce back from a 5-2 loss to then-No. 52 Illinois last week that dropped their road record to 3-2. The Hoosiers have wins over four ranked opponents so far in 2014. IU is led by Katie Klyczek, who is 11-4 at No. 1 singles. She has the same record at No. 1 doubles with Carolyn Chupa.
Against the This Weekend's Opponents
After dropping 6-1 decisions to both teams last season, the Gophers are 7-33 against the Hoosiers and 26-16 against the Boilermakers all-time.
With eight matches to go in the regular season, the Gophers boast a 35-9 record in dual match doubles. A season ago, Minnesota finished 32-32 Julia Courter and Natallia Pintusava lead the way with a 13-2 mark at No. 2 doubles that includes a 3-0 mark at No. 2.
Match Format Experiment Over
The experimental scoring format using to begin the college tennis season has reverted back to the old system as of Feb. 10 for the women. From this point forward, there will be three doubles matches are played to eight-game pro-sets and the team winning at least two of the matches gets one team point. If the pro-set is tied 7-7, a seven-point tiebreaker is played.
Six singles matches are then played and each are worth one team point. The matches are best-of-three sets with tiebreakers played to seven points if the set is tied 6-6. Once a team has reached four team points, it has clinched the team victory. The remaining matches are completed with a 10-point match tiebreaker played in place of a third set.