Feb. 1, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 68 Purdue men’s tennis team looks to break the school record for best start to a season. The 7-0 Boilermakers hit the road to take on the No. 51 Denver Pioneers on Saturday.
No team in Purdue history has ever started 8-0. The men have tied the current program best start which has been achieved twice before this year with the last coming in 2007. The Boilermakers are coming off a pair of ranked wins as the team beat a pair of Ivy League schools last weekend. Purdue took down then-No. 49 Dartmouth and then-No. 51 Brown in Hanover, N.H.
Krisztian Krocsko has paced the Boilermakers this season as he is a perfect 7-0 in singles play. Szymon Tatarczyk has done a nice job at No. 1 singles. The junior put together a straight sets victory last week which helped secure the 4-3 win over Dartmouth. Aaron Dujovne has also played a huge part in the team’s undefeated season thus far. Dujovne fought cramps a week ago to clinch the 4-3 win over Dartmouth with a win in his match that went four and a half hours.
Denver (0-2) loaded its scheduled with top competition. The Pioneers fell to Pepperdine, 7-0, before dropping its next match against Drake, 6-1. Pepperdine is seventh nationally while Drake is 43rd. Enej Bonin is the reigning WAC Player of the Week after he picked up a singles win against Drake. His win came against the No. 35 singles player in the country, Anis Ghorbel, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 1.
The Boilermakers and Pioneers are tied in the all-time series, 1-1. Denver won last year’s match in West Lafayette, Ind., 5-2, while Purdue won the previous year.