Jan. 18, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The Purdue men's tennis team returns to the courts on Saturday to host a pair of opponents. The Boilermakers will face DePaul at noon ET and IPFW at 6 p.m. on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
"Last week was a big test for us," assistant coach Ben Rogers said. "I thought the guys showed a lot of resiliency and we competed hard the whole day. This week, we have been trying to take care of our bodies and get everyone back to full strength. We are feeling good and we're ready to go. We have two tough opponents on Saturday and they are going to give us their best shot. We have to be ready and take care of business."
Purdue (3-0) was all but perfect in the team's season opening tripleheader. The Boilermakers shut out Toledo, 7-0, Butler, 4-0, and IUPUI, 7-0, to maintain the undefeated record after day one. This week's test may be a bit tougher, though as DePaul has knocked off the Boilermakers in three straight matches and the Boilermakers have not won in the series since 1981. Purdue does, however, lead the series 8-4.
Krisztian Krocsko has the best singles record for the team so far. The senior is 3-0 with wins at No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6. Diego Acosta is ranked No. 118 in the country heading into the match. The sophomore is 2-0 on the season and has a win at No. 2 and No. 3. Aaron Dujovne, Mark Kovacs, Pawel Poziomski, and Szymon Tatarczyk each have 2-0 singles records.
The Boilermakers did drop one doubles match last week. The top pair of Acosta and Dujovne fell in its opening match of the season to Toledo.
DePaul (1-0) knocked off the University of Illinois-Chicago in its season opener, 5-2. The Blue Demons lost a number of main contributors from last year's team. Four freshmen and a sophomore help make up the seven-man roster. Junior Filip Dzanko leads the team as the No. 1 singles player. The Croatian won his season opener, 6-2, 6-2. Mathias Hambach is the only other upperclassman on the team. Hambach holds down the No. 2 singles spot and picked up a 6-2, 6-3 victory last week.
IPFW will open its season against the Boilermakers on Saturday. The Boilermakers lead the all-time series, 1-0, after Purdue won 4-0 last season. The Mastodons are also full of youth. Their 12-man roster is made up of four sophomores and four freshmen. IPFW also has three juniors and a senior.
Live results will be available on PurdueSports.com. You can also follow the matches on Twitter, @PurdueMT, @PurdueTennis, and @CoachPawel. A live blog and live video feed will also be available on PurdueSports.com.