WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s tennis team overcame its two-match skid with a pair of wins Saturday inside the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers defeated both Butler and Green Bay by a score of 4-2 during the program’s third doubleheader of the season.
In 2017, Purdue finished with a perfect 12-0 record on days with multiple matches. Currently, the team sits at 4-2 in like contests, but will have another opportunity to improve on that mark when it faces Drake and IUPUI on March 4. A second sweep would push the Boilermakers above .500 for the first time since their season opener in January.
Against the Bulldogs and Phoenix, sophomore Athell Bennett and freshman Mateo Julio proved to be the strength of the Boilermakers' lineup. Each picked up a pair of straight-set victories on courts five and six, respectively. Bennett defeated Butler’s Ari Gerstein 6-1, 6-2 and Green Bay’s Ivan Radomirovic 6-2, 6-0, while Julio bested Bulldog Adrian Mag 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) and Phoenix Tony Leto 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.
Senior Gergely Madarasz also secured two wins in the doubleheader, though his first was decided in three. The No. 61-ranked Boilermaker defeated both Aviv Ben Shabat of Butler 6-2, 6-4 and Florian Kraenzler of Green Bay 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3 on court one.
Sophomore Stephan Koenigsfest finished 1-0 in the doubleheader, overpowering the Bulldog’s Mason Dragos 6-2, 6-2 at the second position, while Javier Rodriguez notched the Boilermakers’ only other singles victory Saturday. The freshman bested Felix Triebe of Green Bay 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 on court four.
In doubles, Purdue posted a 1-4 record against the field as No. 44 Bennett and Madarasz defeated Dragos and Shabat at the first position.