WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's tennis team completed its second home doubleheader of the season Saturday, again finishing 1-1 on the day. The Boilermakers lost to Louisville 4-2 during their first contest inside the Schwartz Tennis Center, but defeated Detroit Mercy 6-1 to remain at .500 through four matches. Purdue opened its season Monday with a win over Eastern Kentucky and loss to DePaul.
Senior Gergely Madarasz remained the cornerstone of the Boilermaker's offense, winning both of his singles matches on court one. The veteran began the doubleheader with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 75 Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and ended it with a three-setter against Artem Vasheshnikov. Despite a quick first set, Madarasz relied on a late charge in the breaker to win 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 1-0 (10-3).
Sophomores Athell Bennett and Stephan Koenigsfest along with junior Dominik Sochurek all finished 1-1 in singles -- each defeating the Titans during the later match. Freshmen Ali Mooraj and Maksymilian Raupuk also bested their opponents from Detroit Mercy, but the later did not complete his contest against the Cardinals. Conversely, fellow newcomer Javier Rodriguez lost both of his singles matches to move to 1-3 this spring.
In doubles, Purdue won four of the five recorded contests, including a victory over the No. 6 tandem in the nation. Bennett and Madarasz knocked off Morin-Kougoucheff and partner Parker Wynn in the last match off against Louisville. Koenigsfest and Rodriguez also won both of their matches on court two, while Renan Hanayama and Sochurek finished 0-1.
The Boilermakers now have a full week to prepare for Florida State in the 2018 ITA Kick-Off Weekend. First serve is scheduled for Saturday at noon ET in Waco, Texas; Purdue will then play either host Baylor or UNLV on Sunday.