WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a trip to Waco, Texas for the 2018 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, the Purdue men's tennis is back at home Saturday, facing Toledo at noon ET inside the Schwartz Tennis Center.
At 2-4, the Boilermakers hope to make a quick rebound against the Rockets and work their way back to .500 overall. Purdue opened its home schedule with a pair of double headers, splitting each over the first two weekends of the spring season. The team then hit the road for two contests at the national tournament hosted by Baylor; however, the Boilermakers struggled in the event for the second year in a row. No. 21 Florida State swept the team indoors and unranked UNLV came back to win 4-3 in Purdue's first outdoor dual.
Additionally, Saturday's match will be the first time assistant Francisco Stuardo Vargas coaches against his alma mater. The Chilean graduated from Toledo in December 2013 with a bachelors degree in sport administration.
The Rockets enter Saturday's contest on a two-match skid as well. The team was swept 5-0 Sunday by fellow Big Ten program and No. 2-ranked Ohio State; Toledo then lost 6-1 to Illinois State Friday.
The program is without a ranked player or tandem; however, its roster is stacked with experience. The Rockets returned eight to its 2017-18, while adding one transfer and one freshman.
From Coach Gajdzik
"We are continuing to work and get better every day," Gajdzik said. "It is early in the season and our goals have not changed since the start. We are preparing for Toledo the same way as we prepared for our first six matches.
"Our newcomers are coming off their first true road trip, so Saturday's match will be a good introduction for them to pace of college tennis. We have tough schedule ahead of us, and we need each player focused and ready regardless of where or how frequently we compete.
"Five days after Toledo, we'll be traveling back to Texas to face Baylor."