Oct. 11, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - All four Purdue men’s tennis players advanced to the Round of 64 at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships Friday. Aaron Dujovne and Ricky Medinilla will take to the court at Goodfriend Tennis Center at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by Szymon Tatarczyk at 9:30 a.m., and Mark Kovacs at 11 a.m. Saturday’s slate will include the Round of 64 and 32.
Szymon Tatarczyk and Mark Kovacs each received a bye in the Round of 128, while Aaron Dujovne and Ricky Medinilla were each victorious in three sets. Dujovne took the first set against Rob Mitchell of Lipscomb, 6-2, only to have Mitchell scratch out a 7-6 decision in the second. The senior Boilermaker took the decisive set, 6-4, to secure a match in the Round of 64 against Rogerio Ribeiro of East Tennessee State. Medinilla posted a 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, win over Butler’s Pulok Bhattacharya and will meet Jeff Offerdahl of Vanderbilt in Saturday’s Round of 64.
Both Boilermaker doubles teams won in the Round of 64 to open Friday’s competition. Dujovne and Kovacs downed Max McLean and Adam Taylor of Murray State, 8-6, while Medinilla and Tatarczyk used an 8-4 decision to get past IUPUI’s Thomas Gans and Jason Jaruvang. Dujovne and Kovacs bowed out in the following round after dropping an 8-6 match to Victor Cornea and David Fox of Middle Tennessee State.
Medinilla and Tatarczyk pushed into the Round of 16 by defeating Vanderbilt’s Rhys Johnson and Ryan Smith, 8-5. The freshman/senior combo was denied a spot in the quarterfinals, falling victim to 18th-ranked David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury of Memphis, 8-7.
Sunday will contest two rounds of doubles and one round of singles. The doubles championship and singles quarter and semifinals are Monday, with the singles title match on Tuesday.
The USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships Tournament Central page hosted by Tennessee offers updated draws, a live blog and access to a free, live video feed for select matches from Goodfriend Tennis Center. Results will also be tweeted on @ITAOhioValley as they become available. Viewers may ask the broadcasters questions through the live blog or @ITAOhioValley.
A dozen sites across the country are chosen to host a USTA/ITA Regional Championship during a window spanning Oct. 9-23 and features some of the top men's players across the country.
Round of 128
Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) def. Rob Mitchell (Lipscomb), 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) def. Pulok Bhattacharya (Butler), 6-4, 6-7, 6-2
Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) – BYE
Mark Kovacs (Purdue) – BYE
Round of 64
Aaron Dujovne/Mark Kovacs (Purdue) def. Max McLean/Adam Taylor (Murray State), 8-6
Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) def. Thomas Gans/Jason Jaruvang (IUPUI), 8-4
Round of 32
Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue) def. Rhys Johnson/Ryan Smith (Vanderbilt), 8-5
Victor Cornea/David Fox (MTSU) def. Aaron Dujovne/Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 8-6
Round of 16
David O’Hare/Joe Salisbury (Memphis) def. Ricky Medinilla/Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 8-7