Indiana women’s tennis takes down No. 65 Purdue for first time in five years with 4-2 win Saturday

Indiana women’s tennis responds to loss to Nebraska No. 51 last weekend with a comeback win against his state rival Purdue on Saturday. The Hoosiers played the Boilermakers at the IU Tennis Center for their third home game in a row and secured a 4-2 win over team No. 65 in the country.

Indiana is now 2-3 against Top Ten opponents as the team improves its overall record to 9-9 this season.

The Hoosiers fell behind quickly in Saturday’s game after the Boilermakers took home double points to take an early 1-0 lead. Indiana junior Alexandra Staiculescu and sophomore Laura Masic grabbed singles match wins in the second and third singles matches, which helped the team to two points.

A 6-4, 6-3 win by Purdue senior Seira Shimizu against sophomore Sayda Hernandez made it 2-2, but Indiana continued to dominate in singles and picked up another pair of wins. Freshman Lara Schneider won the first singles match 6-1, 6-3, and was followed by junior Mila Mejic, who made it three sets and won 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) over Purdue freshman Juana Larranaga.

With the win, Indiana secured its second Top Ten win of the year after beating Iowa at home on March 26. The team also ended its four-game losing streak against Purdue. Prior to Saturday’s win, the Hoosiers’ last win against the Boilermakers was on April 1, 2017, while the last time they won against the Boilermakers in Bloomington was on March 14, 2014.

Indiana will return to action on Friday to round out its four home games, facing Penn State before making a three-game trip next weekend.

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