WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2017-18 Purdue men’s tennis team was swept for the second time Wednesday, falling 5-0 to Indiana inside the Schwartz Tennis Center. The conference dual was the first for both programs, though, the Boilermakers will not face another Big Ten opponent for more than a month. Instead, the team will look return to form during a pair of home doubleheaders and an appearance at the prestigious 2018 BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge.
In doubles against the Hoosiers, Purdue faced an early 1-0 deficit with losses on courts two and three. Javier Rodriguez and Dominik Sochurek fell first at the third position, as Zac Brodney and Raheel Manji defeated the Boilermakers 6-2. Purdue’s Stephan Koenigsfest and Maksymilian Raupuk exited second in a 6-4 loss to Antonio Cembellin and Afonso Salgado.
Similarly in singles, the Boilermakers struggled to make adjustments against their instate rival, dropping straight-set matches on courts two, four, five and six. Mateo Julio was first off, losing 6-4, 6-1 to Bennett Crane at the fourth position; Koenigsfest soon followed with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to Cembellin at the second.
At 3-0 Indiana, both Purdue’s No. 61 Gergely Madarasz and freshman Raupuk were challenging their counterparts on courts one and three, respectively; however, neither player would complete their match. Instead, Rodriguez and sophomore Athell Bennett fell within seconds of each other to hand the Hoosiers the dual. The first was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by Brodney at the fifth position, while the later was bested 6-1, 6-4 by Brandon Lam at the sixth.
The Boilermakers return to the courts Saturday, competing against Green Bay at 1 p.m. ET and Butler at 6 p.m. Both matches are free to attend and will feature live scoring and live streaming.