March 9, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - No. 6 Illinois snapped the 54th-ranked Purdue men’s tennis team’s six-match winning streak by defeating the Boilermakers, 5-2, Sunday at the Atkins Tennis Center. Aaron Dujovne and Mateus Silva were credited with the Boilermakers’ victories as they move to 7-2, 1-1 Big Ten. The Fighting Illini improved to 8-4, 2-0 Big Ten with the win.
The doubles point went to Illinois with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. Purdue’s Diego Acosta and Dujovne had fourth-ranked Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon on the ropes, but slipped in the breaker, 8-7 (6-0). At No. 3, Mark Kovacs and Silva dropped an 8-4 contest to Julian Childers and Blake Bazarnik.
Singles play ensued with both ranked individuals, No. 23 for the Fighting Illini posting wins to give their team a 3-0 advantage. Purdue’s Dujovne had split the first two sets with Guignon before the Illinois player was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct to pick up a point for the Boilermakers at No. 4.
The Fighting Illini responded by posting back-to-back wins at Nos. 3 and 5 to seal the dual match before Silva emerged victories in a tight battle, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (4) over Childers at the six spot to improve to 8-1.
The Boilermakers will take a week off before heading to the West Coast to play in the San Diego Invite during spring break. They return to Basham Courts March 28 for a 1 p.m. match against Minnesota.
No. 6 Illinois 5, No. 54 Purdue 2 | Box Score
1: No. 4 Tim Kopinski/Ross Guignon (Illinois) def. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne (Purdue), 8-7 (6-0)
2: Farris Goses/Alex Jesse (Illinois) vs. Szymon Tatarczyk/Ricky Medinilla (Purdue), 5-6 DNF
3: Julian Childers/Blake Bazarnik (Illinois) def. Mark Kovacs/Mateus Silva, 8-4
1: No. 23 Farris Gosea (Illinois) def. Ricky Medinilla (Purdue), 6-4, 6-0
2: No. 33 Tim Kopinski (Illinois) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 6-4, 6-1
3: Blake Bazarnik (Illinois) def. Mark Kovacs, 6-0, 6-7 (5-0), 6-2
4: Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) def. Ross Guignon (Illinois), 5-7, 6-1, 2-0 default
5: Alex Jesse (Illinois) def. Diego Acosta (Purdue), 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
6: Mateus Silva (Purdue) def. Julian Childers (Illinois), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (4)