March 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 63 Purdue men’s tennis team hits the road for a pair of Big Ten matches. The Boilermakers travel to No. 5 Ohio State on Friday and to Penn State on Sunday.
Purdue (13-3, 0-0 B1G) opens conference play against a top five team in the country. The Boilermakers are coming off a pair of wins last week on their spring break trip to California. Purdue defeated Fresno State, 4-3, before knocking off Santa Clara by the same score. The Boilers are on a four-match winning streak and have won six of their last seven.
Szymon Tatarczyk and Mark Kovacs lead the way for Purdue as the two play most of their singles action at the top two spots. Krisztian Krocsko has the best singles record for the team as he is 12-2 on the year. Krocsko has a 7-1 mark at No. 5 while he is 2-1 at No. 4 and 3-0 at No. 6.
Ohio State (16-2, 1-0) has been terrific all season. The Buckeyes lone two losses came against the No. 1 team in the country, 4-3, and the No. 14 team by the same score. Ohio State has a number of huge wins including a 4-0 victory over No. 11 Pepperdine. The Buckeyes also beat No. 27 Notre Dame, 7-0.
Blaz Rola leads the way for Ohio State. He is 12-0 on the year with a 9-0 record at No. 1. He is the No. 20 player in the country. Peter Kobelt is ranked No. 3 in the country as he is 10-2 in dual match play. He is 4-1 at No. 1 and 6-1 at No. 2. Connor Smith is the No. 37 singles player in the country. He is 14-2 in dual match play with an 8-1 mark at No. 4. Chris Diaz is the No. 45 singles player nationally. Diaz is 10-3 in dual match play with a 7-1 mark at No. 5. Devin McCarthy rounds out the ranked players for Ohio State. He is No. 124 in the nation with a 12-2 dual match record. He is 9-2 at No. 3.
Penn State (6-8, 0-1) knocked off Rice in its last match. The Nittany Lions have dropped two of their last three and four of their last six matches. The conference loss came against Ohio State and was by a 7-0 score. The Nittany Lions are led by Bryan Welnetz who is 6-6 at No. 1 singles. Matt Barry has been hot as of late for Penn State. Barry has won his last eight matches, all at No. 6.
Purdue and Ohio State are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET in Columbus. The Boilermakers and Nittany Lions will then square off at noon. Live scoring will be available for both matches on PurdueSports.com.