No. 37 Purdue Shuts Down Nebraska, 6-1
April 7, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Playing outdoors for the first time this spring, the No. 37 Purdue women’s tennis team (9-7, 5-2 Big Ten) shut down Nebraska (8-12, 0-7 Big Ten¬) 6-1 Sunday at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers extended their winning match streak to four this season and improve their record to 5-1 at home.
“I thought our team came out with a lot of intensity today,” head women’s tennis coach Laura Glitz said. “I told them that they needed to bring it from the first point of doubles until the last point of singles. I think that’s something we’ve been a little inconsistent with this year and I thought they were good about that all weekend.”
Purdue took an early lead by winning the doubles point for the ninth time this season. Finishing first for Purdue, Nicole Robinson and Claudia Escribens dominated the Huskers tandem of Hannah Sulz and Lauren Wagner, 8-1, improving the team’s record to 5-4 in the No. 3 spot.
The underclassman have showed the team that they playing above their years by earning the starting doubles point for their team for the second time this weekend. The Boilermakers are now 5-0 in against Big Ten opponents after winning the doubles point.
Sophomore Escribens shut down her opponent with the bagel (6-0, 6-0) over Wagner in the No. 6 spot. After entering the lineup last week, she continued to contribute to the team by extending her record to 3-0 in Big Ten play. Playing strong in the No. 3 spot, Robinson out matched her opponent Mary Hanna, beating her in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Clinching the win for the Boilermakers was freshman Andjela Djokovic as she defeated Nebraska’s Sulz, 6-1, 6-1, in the No.5 spot, taking her overall record to 11-4. Playing at No. 2, Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum won her 12th singles match with her 6-4, 6-1 win over Zgierska. Her 12 wins is a team best.
In the No. 4 spot, Kapitany contributed to the team with a 6-3, 6-1 win over the Huskers’ Zeppernick, taking the Budapest, Hungary, native’s record to 11-6 in her sophomore season. Nebraska’s only point came in the No. 1 spot.
The Purdue women’s tennis team returns to the road for Big Ten dual matches at Penn State and Ohio State. The Boilermakers will face the Nittany Lions April 11 in University Park, Pa., and then head to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on April 13.