March 22, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
For the second time in as many matches, the 40th-ranked Purdue men's tennis team blanked its opponent, defeating No. 56 Princeton, 4-0, in the fifth-place match of the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic Saturday. The Boilermakers captured the doubles point, followed by singles wins at Nos. 2, 3 and 6 playing on the courts of the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club. They pushed their record to 9-3, 1-1 Big Ten while taking down their fourth nationally ranked opponent.
Wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles powered Purdue to the point. At No. 1, Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne used an 8-4 decision to get past the Princeton duo of Alexander Day and Zack McCourt. With an 8-4 win over Dan Davies and Ben Quazzo at No. 2, Ricky Medinilla and Szymon Tatarczyk improved to 4-0.
Medinilla was also victorious as the action moved to singles. The freshman from Mexico City, Mexico, easily downed Thomas Coluatti in the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-1. Senior Mark Kovacs improved to 9-3 while limiting Alexander Day to just three games. He posted a 6-2 win in the first set and a 6-1 victory in the second. Capping off the Boilermakers' efforts was Mateus Silva's straight-set shutout of Michael Katz at the No. 6 position.
The tournament was hosted by San Diego and San Diego State featured six nationally ranked teams in addition to the Boilermakers: No. 28 Harvard, No. 32 Memphis, No. 43 Drake and No. 56 Princeton, No. 61 San Diego, No. 73 Denver. The tournament format was set that doubles action ceased once the point was decided and the match stopped once a team reached four points.
Purdue finished the three-day event with a 2-1 record, defeating a pair of ranked foes in the 56th-ranked Tigers and No. 73 Denver. The Boilermakers will be back in action March 28 at the Schwartz Tennis Center as they host No. 50 Minnesota at 1 p.m. ET.
No. 40 Purdue 4, No. 56 Princeton 0
1: Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) def. Alexander Day/Zack McCourt (Princeton), 8-4
2: Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) def. Dan Davies/Ben Quazzo (Princeton), 8-4
3: Thomas Colautti/Joshua Yablon (Princeton) def. Mateus Silva/Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 8-0
1: Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) vs. Zack McCourt (Princeton), DNF
2: Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) def. Thomas Coluatti (Princeton), 6-3, 6-1
3: Mark Kovacs (Purdue) def. Alexander Day (Princeton), 6-2, 6-1
4: Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) vs. Joshua Yablon (Princeton), DNF
5: Diego Acosta (Purdue) vs. Dan Davies (Princeton), DNF
6: Mateus Silva (Purdue) def. Michael Katz (Princeton), 6-0, 6-0