Feb. 13, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After spending the last two weekends on the road, the No. 75 Purdue men's tennis team returns home to the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center for a doubleheader Saturday. The Boilermakers (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will take on IUPUI at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a 2 p.m. dual match against Valparaiso.
Purdue is fresh off its 6-1 road upset of No. 64 Arkansas on Feb. 9 for its first win over a ranked opponent this season and its first win over a ranked foe since defeating No. 58 Nebraska on April 5, 2013. It was also the 15th victory over a ranked team during head coach Pawel Gajdzik's tenure.
Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla derailed the nation's 39th-ranked duo from Arkansas, Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles for their first win of the young season. After dropping the No. 2 doubles match, the team point rested on the shoulders of Boilermakers Mateus Silva and Diego Acosta, to which they prevailed in the breaker, 6-5 (7-4). It was Medinilla who clinched the dual match for Purdue by posting a 6-4, 6-3, decision at the No. 3 singles spot for the first win of his freshman spring campaign.
IUPUI dropped a 5-2 contest at Indianapolis on Monday for its fourth straight loss. Both of the Jaguars' (2-7, 0-0 The Summit League) wins have come against opponents from the NAIA. They are led in singles play by juniors Thomas Gans and Alex Toliver, who boast team-best records of 5-4.
Valparaiso has won its last three dual matches via shutout, boasting a record of 5-1, 0-0 Horizon League. Jeffery Schorsch and Dave Bacalla each recorded their 13th victory while playing in the Nos. 1 and 2 singles positions, respectively, to close out a three match home stand against Dayton on Feb. 9. They are one half of a freshmen quartet that also includes Kyle Dunn and Charlie Emhardt that owns a 45-14 record through their first 59 decisions.
The Boilermakers own the all-time series against both IUPUI (2-0) and Valparaiso (4-0). Purdue blanked the Panthers 7-0 last year and 6-1 during the 2011 campaign. A season ago the Boilermakers also shutout the Crusaders and posted a 6-1 victory in 2006, when the series was renewed after a 71-year hiatus.