WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's tennis team opens its 2018 spring season with a home doubleheader Monday. The Boilermakers will first face Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. ET and return to the courts at 6 p.m. to take on DePaul. Both matches will be played indoors on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
The Boilermakers enter the 2018 spring season with talented core, retaining two-time first-team All-Big senior Gergely Madarasz and the 2017 Ohio Valley ITA Rookie of the Year, Stephan Koenigsfest. The duo led the team to a historic 20-13 finish last season and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014.
To the roster, head coach Pawel Gajdzik added freshmen Ali Mooraj, Maksymilian Raupuk and Javier Rodriguez. After a successful fall showing, Mooraj is currently ranked No. 59 in doubles with senior Renan Hanayama, while Rodriguez joined the team in January.
On Eastern Kentucky
The Colonels open their spring season on Monday as well, competing against DePaul at 9 a.m. before taking on Boilermakers in the day's second match. The program finished the 2017 spring season 16-10, including a second round appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Purdue handed Eastern Kentucky one of its 10 losses, besting the team 6-1 in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Colonels returned six players, adding one transfer and three freshmen.
Monday's final match will be both the Blue Demons' and Boilermakers' second. In 2017, DePaul also posted a 16-10 record, closing out its season on a 5-1 run. However, despite a perfect 9-0 showing at home, the Blue Demons struggled on the road 3-6. Purdue was responsible for one of the six, defeating DePaul 4-0 indoors.
The Blue Demons retained a hefty seven players, while signing one freshmen.
From Coach Gajdzik
"Every match on our schedule is challenging, so we must focus on one match at a time," Gajdzik said. "We had a good week of practice leading up to the season opener and are eager to get started.
"I hope to see a lot of intensity from the team both on and off the court, and I'm excited to find out how we have progressed since the fall. We take a lot of pride in our doubles play, so I want to see how our new doubles combinations perform against another team."