No. 50 Nittany Lions Set for Weekend Clash With Kentucky
Jan. 31, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 50 Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0) return home to face the No. 42 Kentucky Wildcats (3-1, 0-0) at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center at 10 a.m. Saturday. Penn State will look to remain unbeaten at home this season after winning their first three matches of the season in University Park, Pa.
LAST TIME OUT
The Nittany Lions put up a fight in singles but were ultimately swept by the Big 12 power. Katherine Whiteaway took her No. 5 singles match into a super breaker after splitting the first two sets, but Makenzie Craft came out with the 11-9 super breaker victory.
PENN STATE NOTES
The 42nd ranked Kentucky Wildcats are coming off of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Tournament hosted by Duke. After starting the season at home with a pair of wins in their doubleheader against Cincinatti (7-0) and Ball State (4-2) the Wildcats squared off against Tulane and Duke in the ITA event.
Against Tulane Kentucky found themselves trailing 1-0 after dropping two of the three doubles matches. They came back in singles winning the first four to clinch the 4-1 victory moving them into the final for a chance to clinch a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. No. 10 Duke proved to be too much winning 4-0.
The Wildcats feature one player ranked in the singles poll and one pair in the doubles poll. Nadia Ravita comes into the match ranked the nation's 108th best player, however both of her singles match have gone unfinished so far this spring. In doubles Kelsey Dieters, a junior transfer from Ohio State, joins CeCe Witten in the No. 56 spot in the ITA double poll. The pair is 2-2 on the young season and is coming off of two consecutive defeats.
PENN STATE-KENTUCKY SERIES HISTORY
The Nittany Lions fell behind early in last season's match dropping two of the three doubles matches but were able to win four of the six singles matches to secure the victory. Three of the four wins in doubles came in third-set super breakers including Carmen Sandor's victory over No. 117 Caitlin McGraw in the No. 5 match to clinch the one-point victory for Penn State.
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