Feb. 23, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The No. 71 Purdue men's tennis team dropped a tough decision at home to the No. 52 Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. The Boilermakers fell, 4-3, in a match that lasted nearly four hours and forty-five minutes.
Arkansas (11-3) started the afternoon by taking a very close doubles point. Each court went back and forth, often within a game of each other. Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz were first to finish when the duo knocked off Pawel Poziomski and Mark Kovacs, 8-6, at No. 3. The Boilermaker pair was up 6-3 in the match before the Arkansas duo rattled off five straight wins. Mike Ward and Gregorie Lehmann clinched the point for the Razorbacks with a win at No. 2. The duo knocked off Krisztian Krocsko and Szymon Tatarczyk, 8-7 (2). The other match on the court between Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne for Purdue and Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske was also in a tiebreaker at the time that the doubles point was decided.
Purdue (9-3) quickly answered in singles. Evan Hawkins dominated his match at No. 3 against Ward as he won, 6-3, 6-3. The match was just the second on the season for the Purdue sophomore. He also won last weekend when he played at No. 2. Tatarczyk then gave Purdue a 2-1 lead with a straight-set win at No. 1 Tatarczyk knocked off Lehmann, 6-4, 6-2.
Nott tied the score at two with a win at No. 4 for Arkansas. The Razorbacks knocked off Acosta in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-2. Next to finish was the match at No. 2. After dropping the first set, 6-4, Kovacs blanked Jeske in the second set, 6-0, to force a deciding set. In the third, Kovacs jumped out to a 3-0 lead. From there, though, it was all Jeske. Jeske won the next six games to take the match and give Arkansas a 3-2 lead.
The Razorbacks clinched the win with an exciting and controversial match at No. 5. Dujovne took the first set, 6-3, over Victor Hoang. In the second, the two were tied at six and went to a tiebreaker. Dujovne controlled the tiebreak and had a match point at 6-4 when the controversy came. Dujovne called a ball out that was challenged by Hoang. The line judge overruled Dujovne, something that had happened several times earlier in the match for both players. The overrule therefore was charged as a game penalty to Dujovne, so despite the fact that he was up 6-4, he lost the tiebreak and the set. Hoang then edged the Purdue junior in the third set, 7-5, to clinch the win for the Razorbacks.
The final match on the court was one of the closest matches that will ever be played. Krocsko hung on to the first set with a 7-6 (13). In the second set, Fess did a role reversal. He took the set from Krocsko, 7-6 (6). In the third set, after more than three and a half hours in the singles match, Krocsko hung on to win, 7-6 (11), to make the final score 4-3.
The Boilermakers will be in action next Saturday, March 2nd against the Bradley Braves at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
Arkansas 4, Purdue 3
1: Acosta/Dujovne (PUR) unfinished Nott/Jeske (ARK) 7-7
2: Lehmann/Ward (ARK) def. Krocsko/Tatarczyk (PUR) 8-7 (2)
3: Fess/Munoz (ARK) def. Poziomski/Kovacs 8-6
Order of Finish: 3,2*
1: Szymon Tatarczyk (PUR) def. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 6-4, 6-2
2: Manfred Jeske (ARK) def. Mark Kovacs (PUR) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
3: Evan Hawkins (PUR) def. Mike Ward (ARK) 6-3, 6-3
4: Mike Nott (ARK) def. Diego Acosta (PUR) 6-4, 6-2
5: Victor Hoang (ARK) def. Aaron Dujovne (PUR) 3-6, 7-6, 7-5
6: Krisztian Krocsko (PUR) def. Hall Fess (ARK) 7-6, 6-7, 7-6
Order of Finish: 3,1,4,2,5*,6