WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s tennis team opened its spring season Monday, posting a 1-1 record from inside the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers easily defeated Eastern Kentucky 7-0 during the program’s first match, but struggled against the more formidable squad from DePaul, losing 4-2.
In both contests, Purdue secured the doubles point, finishing 5-1 against the field. Only Renan Hanayama and partner Maksymilian Raupuk lost to Blue Demons Fran Tonejc and Tamas Zador 6-3 on court three.
In singles, Gergely Madarasz was the only Boilermaker to notch two wins on the day. The senior bested the Colonel’s Parth Aggarwal 6-1, 6-1 on court two and DePauls’s Alex Galoustian 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in the first position. Stephan Koenigsfest also convincingly won his first match against Ramon Van Flymen 6-1, 6-2 on court two, while his second was suspended at the clinch. Freshman Ali Mooraj remained unbeaten as well, picking up a 6-1, 6-4 win over Eastern Kentucky’s Joshua Piunti on court six. The newcomer did not compete in Purdue’s second match.
Athell Bennett, Raupuk and Javier Rodriguez each finished 1-1 in singles, while Hanayama lost his sole contest 6-0, 6-1 to Christopher Casati of DePaul on court five.
The Boilermakers return to action Saturday in another home doubleheader. The team will first take on Louisville at 2 p.m. ET and Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. Both matches are free to attend.