March 20, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The 40th-ranked Purdue men's tennis team dropped its opening match at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic to No. 61 San Diego, 4-1, Thursday on the courts of the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club. The 7-3, 1-1 Big Ten Boilermakers will play No. 73 Denver (6-6), who lost to No. 28 Harvard 4-1, Friday at the Barnes Tennis Center. First serves are scheduled for 10 a.m. PT.
The tournament hosted by San Diego and San Diego State features three additional nationally ranked teams in No. 32 Memphis, No. 43 Drake and No. 56 Princeton. Play for tournament format is set that doubles action will cease once the point has been decided and the match will stop once a team has reached four points.
San Diego was victorious at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots in the breaker to take the doubles point from the Boilermakers. Toreros No. 3 duo of Ciaran Fitzgerald and Andrew Raphaelson first dealt Mark Kovacs and Mateus Silva an 8-7 (1) setback, followed by an 8-7 (3) win by the 31st-ranked duo of Clarke Spinosa and Filip Vittek over Purdue's Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne at No. 1.
Silva evened the team score at 1-1 as play moved to singles, defeating Geoffrey Fosso in the No. 6 spot in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. San Diego regained the lead for good with three consecutive wins, including straight-set victories at Nos. 1 and 3. Playing at No. 2, freshman Ricky Medinilla took the first set from Uros Petronijevic, 6-3, only to see the Torero rally back in the second, 7-5. Petronijevic's 6-2 win in the decisive third set clinched the dual win for his team.
No. 61 San Diego 4, No. 40 Purdue 1
1: No. 31 Clarke Spinosa/Filip Vittek (San Diego) def. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne (Purdue), 8-7 (3)
2: Romain Kalaydjian/Uros Petronijevic (San Diego) vs. Szymon Tatarczyk/Ricky Medinilla (Purdue), 7-4 DNF
3: Ciaran Fitzgerald/Andrew Raphaelson (San Diego) def. Mark Kovacs/Mateus Silva (Purdue), 8-7 (1)
1: No. 59 Clarke Spinosa (San Diego) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 6-3, 6-0
2: Uros Petronijevic (San Diego) def. Ricky Medinilla (Purdue), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3: Romain Kalaydjian (San Diego) def. Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 6-3, 6-3
4: Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) vs. Filip Vittek (San Diego), 2-6, 7-5, 3-0 DNF
5: Diego Acosta (Purdue) vs. Ciaran Fitzgerald (San Diego), 6-4, 3-6, 3-1 DNF
6: Mateus Silva (Purdue) def. Geoffrey Fosso (San Diego), 6-1, 6-0