Feb. 28, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 54th-ranked Purdue men’s tennis team will look to extend its dual match winning streak by hosting Bradley (2-5, 0-0 The Valley) at the Basham Courts of the Schwartz Tennis Center Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten) have won their last three contests and enter the non-conference matchup against the Braves fresh off of an inactive week.
While on its current winning streak dating back to Feb. 9, Purdue has combined to outscore opponents 17-4 while defeating then-No. 64 Arkansas, IUPUI and Valparaiso. The Boilermakers have captured the doubles point in each of their four victories. Six variations in the duos have guided Purdue to an 8-3 doubles record. In singles, eight different players have appeared in the lineup and have totaled a mark of 20-10. Leading the way with records of 4-1 in singles action are Diego Acosta, Mark Kovacs and Mateus Silva.
The dominant play by the Boilermakers has propelled them 17 spots, from 71st to 54th, in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s team rankings released Tuesday. The move to No. 54 is the highest listing for the Purdue men’s tennis team since they were tabbed 54th in the March 6, 2012, edition of the rankings. Tuesday’s rankings were the first computerized ranking of the season, which are based on a computer point-per-match formula, which caused several other major shifts throughout the top 75.
Bradley struggled through the month of February, suffering defeat in all four of its contests, including three shutouts. The Braves’ two wins came in late January, posting a 4-3 decision over Belmont and a 6-1 win against Saint Louis.
Purdue improved to 4-1 all-time against Bradley with a 7-0 blanking a season ago in West Lafayette. The Braves’ only win in the series came in 1975.