Dujovne And Acosta Top 20 Win Not Enough Against Illinois
Aaron Dujovne has been strong at the end of the season both in singles and in doubles.

April 22, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Purdue men’s tennis team was knocked off on Sunday at No. 20 Illinois. Aaron Dujovne and Evan Hawkins picked up singles wins, but the Fighting Illini won, 5-2.

Illinois (14-6) came out and took the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. Stephen Hoh and Farris Gosea were first with a win at No. 3 over Mark Kovacs and Pawel Poziomski, 8-4. Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon clinched the point with a win at No. 2 over Krisztian Krocsko and Szymon Tatarczyk, 8-5. The Purdue No. 1 team of Dujovne and Diego Acosta, ranked No. 73 in the nation, pulled off its third ranked upset in the last four matches with a win over No. 20 Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich, 8-6.

Purdue (10-15, 2-9 Big Ten) saw the deficit grow to 2-0 after losing at No. 4. Kopinski knocked of Krocsko, 6-2, 6-3. No. 30 Kalmanovich was next with a win at No. 2. He knocked off Acosta, 6-2, 6-4.  The Boilermakers finally got on the board with a win at No. 6. Hawkins knocked off Guignon, 6-2, 7-5.

The Fighting Illini clinched the match with a win at No. 3. Bruno Abdelnour topped Tatarczyk, 6-4, 6-3. Kovacs played tough again against one of the nation’s best. He narrowly fell in the first set, 7-6, before winning the second, 6-4. In the third, though, he lost, 6-3, to Nevolo, the No. 7 player in the nation. Dujove wrapped up the action with a 6-2, 4-6, 11-9 win at No. 5.

Illinois is now 83-10-1 all-time against Purdue.

The Boilermakers will now wait for the Big Ten Tournament draws for next weekend. Those draws will be released early in the week.




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