WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After falling behind early this spring, the Purdue men’s tennis team (7-6, 0-1) greatly helped itself Sunday, sweeping the program’s second consecutive home doubleheader. The Boilermakers outplayed Drake 4-3 during the first match inside the Schwartz Tennis Center and overpowered IUPUI 7-0 in the second. Additionally, the victories extend Purdue’s current win-streak to four – the most this season.
In singles, four Boilermakers finished 2-0 on the day. Both Athell Bennett and No. 61 Gergely Madarasz needed five sets apiece to clinch their wins. The first bested Drake’s Ben Wood 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) on court six and IUPUI’s Bradley Luetschwager 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-3 on court five, while the second defeated both the Bulldogs’ Vinny Gillespie 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-4 and the Jaguars’Jac Newis 6-2, 6-2 on the first.
Mateo Julio was the only one of the four to win both matches in straight sets, as fellow freshman Maksymilian Raupuk went the distance in each dual. Julio defeated Finley Hall of Drake 6-4, 6-4 on court five and Eric Hollingsworth of IUPUI 6-1, 6-2 on court four. Raupuk overpowered Bulldog Barny Thorold 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 at the third and Jaguar David Beasley 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (10-6) at the second.
Purdue’s third newcomer in action Sunday, Javier Rodriguez, posted a 1-1 record in the doubleheader. After dropping his first match to Drake’s Ben Clark 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) on court four, he responded with in the second with a 6-3, 6-4 win over IUPUI’s Sean Bailey on court three.
Junior Dominik Sochurek notched his first win of the season against the Jaguars, besting Grant Esposito 6-4, 7-5 at the sixth position, while Stephan Koenigsfest dropped his lone appearance of the day. The sophomore was defeated by the Bulldogs’ Tom Hands 6-3, 6-4 on court two.
In doubles, the Boilermakers lost back-to back matches against Drake on courts two and three, leaving the first unfinished. However, the home team’s tandems returned to form against IUPUI, clinching the point with wins on courts one and two.
Purdue will now enjoy its second extended period of rest this season, before taking on three top-tier programs at the prestigious 2018 BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge. The three-day tournament begins March 16 in Indian Wells, California.