March 4, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 54th-ranked Purdue men’s tennis team will look to continue its winning ways, first hosting DePaul Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET in a USTA College MatchDay battle, followed by its Big Ten opener against No. 23 Northwestern Friday at 2 p.m. Both matches will take place at the Basham Courts of the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers will then hit the road to take on sixth-ranked Illinois for a 1 p.m. contest Sunday in Champaign, Ill.
Winners of their last four matches, the Boilermakers own a record of 5-1, 0-0 Big Ten and are undefeated on their home courts at 4-0. They notched their first shutout of the season by blanking Bradley in their last outing on March 1. Playing together for the first time, rookies Ricky Medinilla and Lucas Dages were credited with clinching the doubles point for Purdue. Mark Kovacs and Mateus Silva pushed their respective singles winning streaks to four straight. They, along with Diego Acosta, sport team-best marks of 5-1.
DePaul (2-8, 0-0 Big East) went 0-3 while playing at the HEB Invitational hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Feb. 28 - March 1. The Blue Demons were only able to scratch out three singles victories at the event in a 4-3 loss to UT-San Antonio.
Purdue owns the all-time series 9-4 against DePaul dating back to their first meeting in 1965. A season ago the Boilermakers snapped a three-match losing skid to the Blue Demons with a 4-3 victory.
Wednesday's match against DePaul has been selected to be a part of the USTA's College MatchDay series, featuring festivities prior to and during the match. Click here for details.
No. 23 Northwestern dropped its second straight loss, falling to seventh-ranked Illinois in its Big Ten opener on Sunday, 4-1. The loss brought the Wildcats to 10-6, 0-1 Big Ten. They have surrendered the doubles point in the two losses and have combined to win just three singles matches. Sam Shropshire has been Northwestern's only line of defense in its last two matches. The 85th-ranked Wildcat has won both of his singles contests at the No. 2 spot. Raleigh Smith, ranked 44th, enters Friday's match off of losses in singles and doubles, with partner Mihir Kumar. The tandem is currently ranked No. 21.
Northwestern has won the last two matches in the series, to which they lead 64-20-2, by a score of 5-2. The last win for Purdue came in 2011, a 4-3 victory on its home courts.
Illinois is off to a 7-4 start and are coming off a 4-1 win over Northwestern in its first Big Ten match of the season. A trio of Fighting Illini and a pair of doubles tandems are scattered throughout the national ranks. Leading the way is eighth-ranked Jared Hiltzik, followed by No. 23 Farris Gosea and No. 33 Tim Kopinski. Kopinski and doubles partner Ross Guignon are tabbed at No. 4, while Hiltzik and Alex Jesse are ranked 45th.
Boilermaker All-Access subscribers will be able check out the live stream from both matches held at the Schwartz Tennis Center and live scoring will also be available.