Men's Tennis Starts Spring Season With Doubleheader

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Krisztian Krocsko hopes fall preperation will lead to spring success.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Sophomore Krisztian Krocsko hopes fall preperation will lead to spring success.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 21, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - To kick off its spring season, the Purdue men's tennis team hosts a doubleheader with regional opponents IUPUI and Western Michigan on Saturday at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers meet IUPUI at 9:30 a.m., followed by Western Michigan at 5 p.m.

"We are very excited to begin our spring season hosting a pair of competitive teams in IUPUI and Western Michigan," said head coach Pawel Gajdzik. "Our guys have practiced and trained hard and are ready to go compete against someone other than their fellow teammates.  This will be a great test for our team, and we are looking forward to starting our season on a winning note." 

After adding four new players last fall, the Boilermakers have a whole new look compared with 2010. Three freshmen - Aaron Dujovne, Mark Kovacs, Szymon Tatarczyk - and one sophomore, Krisztian Krocsko, are the Boilermaker rookies.

Beginning with the Purdue Fall Invitational in September, the four newcomers have made an impact. Making up two doubles teams, they faced off in the top-flight finals to the score of 9-8 (7-5).

Krocsko went on to have singles success at the D'Novo ITA All-American Championships in October. He advanced out of the pre-qualifying rounds and survived the first round of qualifying after defeating preseason ranked No. 109 Corrado Degl'Incerti Tocci of Virginia Tech 6-4, 0-6, 6-1.

Krocsko garnered an early-season spring singles ranking of No. 124. He and doubles partner Tatarczyk received an Intercollegiate Tennis Association's doubles rank of No. 37.

The team is led by senior veteran Eric Ramos, who has been the program's winningest singles player for two of his three seasons as a Boilermaker.

The all-time series between Purdue and Western Michigan stands at a 21-all tie, but the Broncos have won the past five meetings. Last year's score was 4-3. This is the first-ever match pitting the Boilermakers against the IUPUI Jaguars.

Admission to the Schwartz Tennis Center is free. Live results can be found at purduesports.com.