April 28, 2006
The quarterfinal match between No. 4 Indiana and No. 5 Purdue was everything that an in-state rivalry should be. Beginning with doubles play, each point was fought for and earned, not given away.
In third doubles, Marah Calvo and Cecile Perton won 8-2 to give Indiana the upper hand in earning the point. At the top doubles position, Brooke Beier and Mallory Voekler of Purdue narrowly escaped Sarah Batty and Laura McGaffigan to even things, but Purdue's Stephanie Wooten and Randi Schuler won the battle at No. 2 against Sigrid Fischer and Brianna Williams, giving the Boilermakers the valuable point.
The sixth-singles match finished first when Perton dominated Brittany Minna, 6-0, 6-0. Alba Berdala then took the lead back for the Hoosiers by winning her fifth singles match 6-0, 6-2.
The Boilermakers then tied the match 2-2 with Wooten's defeat of Fischer at No. 4. It was up to the top three players on each team to determine who would advance. McGaffigan knocked out Beier at No. 3 6-2, 6-4 to put Indiana back on top. Then Schuler knotted the game again at three points apiece, to set up a dramatic and decisive match at No. 2 singles. Voekler had taken the first set 6-2, but lost the second to Williams, 4-6. The third set, however would be all Voekler, as she took the point and secured the win for Purdue.
The Boilermakers now advance to face No. 1 Northwestern in Saturday's first semifinal match, set to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Champaign, Ill.