Feb. 8, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 75 Purdue men’s tennis team (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will take on its second ranked opponent in as many dual matches when the Boilermakers travel to No. 64 Arkansas (6-3, 0-0 SEC) for a 2 p.m. ET dual match at the George M. Billingsley Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
Purdue enters Sunday’s match looking to bounce back from a 6-1 loss to then-No. 7 Baylor on Feb. 2. Junior Diego Acosta was responsible for the Boilermakers’ point, posting a 6-3, 6-2, win over Baylor's Robert Verzaal. It was the second straight-set victory for the Cuenca, Ecuador, native, as he improved to 2-0 at the No. 5 singles position.
The Razorbacks are closing out a three-match weekend home stand when they welcome Purdue. They defeated Texas-Pan American twice on Friday, 6-1, in both dual matches. With the pair of wins, Arkansas remained perfect on its home courts at 4-0.
Sunday’s matchup will feature No. 96 Ricky Medinilla for the Boilermakers and the No. 39 doubles team of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott from Arkansas. The Purdue freshman who hails from Mexico City, Mexico, has played in the Nos. 2 and 3 singles, but is still seeking his first win of the spring season.
The Razorbacks are 3-1 all-time against Purdue, winning a 4-3 dual match in West Lafayette last season.
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.