Jan. 31, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 73 Purdue men’s tennis team (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will travel to Waco, Texas, to take on seventh-ranked Baylor (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The match is scheduled to be played on the outdoor courts at the Hurd Tennis Center.
The Boilermakers have just one dual match under their belt, a 6-1 win over Toledo on Jan. 20.They were scheduled to play at No. 62 Cornell on Jan. 25, but due to inclement weather forecasted, the match was cancelled.
In the season opener against the Rockets, Aaron Dujovne and Mark Kovacs secured the doubles point for Purdue with a 6-2 win over Garrett Cona and Nicky Wong in the No. 2 spot. They mirrored the No. 3 team of Diego Acosta and Mateus Silva's score against the Toledo tandem of Ben Brocker and Roberto Meza. The Boilermakers captured straight-set victories in four of five singles wins while limiting the Rockets to just six points. No. 96 Ricky Medinilla was upset by Mark Singnil, 6-2, 3-6, 3-10, while playing in the No. 2 position.
Baylor posted a pair of wins while playing in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, a 4-0 sweep of then-No. 47 Boise State, 4-0, in its season opener, followed by a 4-1 win over No. 28 Auburn to punch its ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Bears enter Sunday’s match fresh off of a 7-0 shutout of Incarnate Word on Thursday.
Four Bears are nationally ranked singles players: No. 2 Julian Lenz, No. 7 Patrick Pradella, No. 18 Diego Galeano and No. 92 Tony Lupieri. Baylor also boasts 2012 All-American Mate Zsiga, who has seen action in the Nos. 3 and 4 spot through three matches.
The dual match will be played under the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s mandated experimental format. The three doubles matches will each consist of one set to six, with no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker at 5-all. Once a team has won two doubles matches, the remaining doubles match shall not be completed. Six singles matches will follow the doubles. Each singles match is two out of three sets, with each set using no-ad scoring and a tiebreaker at 5-all in each set. For more information on the experimental format, please click here.
Purdue and Baylor have been on each other’s schedule for the past three seasons, with the first meeting coming in 2011. The Bears have won all three matches in the series.