Feb. 3, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 67 Purdue men's tennis team opens its home schedule this weekend as it plays host to Southern Illinois and Butler on Saturday at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers and Salukis will square off on the courts at 9 a.m. with the match against Butler scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
"We are really looking forward to competing at home this weekend," said head coach Pawel Gajdzik. "Southern Illinois and Butler are two quality teams with a lot of talented players. They are both very good programs and each of them presents a unique challenge. We had a good week of practice and I expect our guys to play enthusiastic, tough tennis. As a team, we have goals that we are working towards. We want to build on our momentum from the Kick Off weekend and get better every time we step on the court."
Purdue (1-2) is coming off of the school's first ever appearance in the ITA Kick Off weekend. The Boilermakers played the tournament in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M. There, Purdue fell to No. 11 Texas A&M before beating then-No. 63 Princeton. In Sunday's match against Princeton, the Boilers clinched the doubles point with a huge win in the top match. Szymon Tatarczyk and Aaron Dujovne defeated the No. 11 doubles pair in the nation, 8-6. In singles play, Purdue had wins from Diego Acosta and Tatarczyk before Evan Hawkins clinched the win at No. 6.
Southern Illinois (0-0) has not played a dual match yet this season. The Salukis did compete in a three day Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships in January. In all, the team went a combined 7-22 in singles and doubles, but picked up some signature wins. Junior transfer Badr Cherradi beat the No. 66 ranked singles player, 6-3, 6-4. The Salukis also boast the reigning MVC Freshman of the Year in Jorge Cavero, though he has been out with an injury.
Butler (0-3) has already had its fair share of competition against the Big Ten Conference. The Bulldogs were knocked off at Ohio State, 7-0, and at Wisconsin, 6-1. Butler will play one more match before facing the Boilermakers, a 1 p.m. match on Saturday at the Schwartz Tennis Center against Southern Illinois. Billy Weldon and Austin Woldmoe are the only Butler players to have a singles win so far this season.
Live results for the Boilermakers' matches can be found at PurdueSports.com or by clicking here. A live video feed of a select doubles and singles match will also be featured there. Check the Purdue Men's Tennis page on Facebook for more up-to-date scores and analysis of each match. Following the completion of each match, a full recap and results will be posted.