WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s tennis team continues its spring season with another home doubleheader Saturday. The Boilermakers will first face Louisville at 2 p.m. ET and return to the courts at 6 p.m. to take on Detroit Mercy. Both matches will be played indoors on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
The Boilermakers opened their spring season 1-1 Monday, handedly defeating Eastern Kentucky 7-0, yet falling to DePaul 4-2 inside the Schwartz Tennis Center. Gergely Madarasz was Purdue’s only player to notch two wins against the field, while fellow senior Renan Hanayama lost his sole match of the day.
The Cardinals began their season Thursday with wins over Toledo and Butler at the school’s Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Louisville returned a staggering nine players while adding one transfer to its roster.
Last season, the Cardinals defeated Purdue 4-3 at home.
On Detroit Mercy
Despite losing their opening match 5-2 to Western Michigan on Sunday, the Titans were picked to finish third in the Horizon League Preseason Coaches Poll on Friday. In 2017, the team tied a school record with 11 wins and retained three of its veteran players this season.
In the lost to the Broncos, junior Artem Vasheshnikov defeated No. 65 Maik Steiner for the program’s first win over a ranked opponent.
From Coach Gajdzik
“We have a very young team, and there were a lot of opportunities for growth in our first two matches of the season,” Gajdzik said. “We will learn from our mistakes, make adjustments and get better as the season progresses.
“In a season, every match is important. We prepared for both Louisville and Detroit Mercy equally.
“Doubleheaders provide young players with an opportunity to develop their game and gain valuable experience early on in the season. Experience is crucial for any team with as many underclassmen as we have in our lineup.”