We could all use some good news around here. With football, baseball, and men's basketball all in the toilet we could use some good news, and the Purdue tennis teams are around to provide that good news.
The women's team successfully qualified for its third straight NCAA Tournament last night. The overall record is only 12-10, but an 8-5 record within a very strong Big Ten was enough to get Purdue back into the NCAA Tournament. Last season Purdue beat South Carolina in Miami before losing to the host Hurricanes in Round two.
Purdue will head to Nashville on May 9th to face No. 20 Georgia Tech in a four team regional hosted by Vanderbilt. A victory by Purdue would have the Boilers face the No. 9 national seed Vanderbilt or Murray State. Andjela Djokovic leads Purdue in the spring season with a 15-6 overall record.
On the men's side Purdue challenged for the Big Ten crown before losing a tight match against No. 1 ranked Ohio State. The team finished 15-7 overall and 7-5 in the B1G, but was 7-2 before losing a close 4-3 match against Ohio State. That loss started a current four match losing streak.
Still, Purdue was good enough to make its first NCAA Tournament since 2002. they will face Clemson on May 9th in a four-team regional hosted by Kentucky. A victory would have Purdue face either Kentucky or Denver in round 2. Purdue already has a win over Denver this season too.
Diego Acosta is 14-5 on the spring season while senior Aaron Dujovne is 14-4. Mark Kovacs is also a solid 15-5.
So there you have it. We're a tennis school now.