WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In its first ranked matchup of the year, the Purdue women’s tennis upset No. 46 Maryland 4-2 in a highly competitive match on Sunday.
The Boilermakers got off to a fast start as Liz Norman/Csilla Fodor took their doubles match at No. 1 with a comfortable 6-4 result. The duo earned just their second victory in as many days, bringing their record to 2-1 at the lead position.
After starting with a 0-1 deficit, Carmen Gallardo Guevara got the Boilers on the board with a quick win in straight sets to tie the match at one-all. She’s now 3-1 at No. 3 and has built a two-match win streak to start conference play.
With a tied match, everything came to a stalemate. Five of the six singles matches went to three sets, with the Boilermakers winning three of them.
The crack in the dam began with Juana Larranaga Battling from a set down and dominating in the final set for a 6-1 win that gave Purdue the edge.
Maryland snuck a victory in at No. 4 but it wouldn’t matter as Liz Norman and Kennedy Gibbs flipped their matches on their heads.
Norman took her first set and lost the second by a score of 6-3, but absolutely crushed the final set. Her 6-1 score in the final set gave the Boilers all the momentum they needed to take down the Terps.
Gibbs proved to be the hero of the day bu never giving up the fight. She dropped her first set 4-6 and trailed by a game for most of the second, but she dug deep and powered her way to a second set victory and never looked back. In the final set to decide the match, she rallied from a 3-1 deficit and never allowed her opponent another game. As she took match point, her teammates raced towards her with emphatic energy as the Boilers pull the upset over #46 Maryland.
The Boilers close out their non-conference slate with a trip to California as they take on San Diego State this Friday, March 17 at 5 p.m.
No. 50 Purdue (11-1, 2-0)- 4, No. 46 Maryland (10-3, 1-1)- 2
1. Liz Norman (PU) def. Marta Perez Mur (UM)- 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
2. Selma Cadar (UM) vs. Csilla Fodor (PU)- 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-1 (Unfinished)
3. Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PU) def. Minorka Miranda (UM)- 6-2, 6-4
4. Kallista Liu (UM) def. Tara Milic (PU)- 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
5. Kennedy Gibbs (PU) def. Francesca Feodorov (UM)- 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
6. Juana Larranaga (PU) def. Hannah McColgan (UM)- 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
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