March 27, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a fifth-place showing at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic, the Purdue men's tennis team will return to its home courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center for a pair of Big Ten dual matches. The 41st-ranked Boilermakers (9-3, 1-1 Big Ten) will host No. 50 Minnesota (8-7, 2-1 Big Ten) Friday at 1 p.m. ET, followed by a Sunday matchup against No. 62 Wisconsin (9-7, 1-2 Big Ten) at 12 p.m.
Purdue is coming off of a 2-1 performance at the three-day tournament hosted by San Diego and San Diego State. All three matches were against nationally ranked opponents as the Boilermakers blanked then-No. 73 Denver and No. 56 Princeton after suffering an opening round 4-1 loss to then-No. 61 San Diego. The doubles tandem of Ricky Medinilla and Szymon Tatarczyk improved to 4-0 in the No. 2 spot, posting consecutive 8-4 wins against competition from Denver and Princeton. Mateus Silva(9-1) gave up just one game and pushed his winning streak to eight straight with a pair of straight-set victories at No. 6.
In its last time out, Minnesota picked up its second win in conference play by defeating then-No. 60 Nebraska, 5-2, on March 23. The Gophers have ridden an up and down rollercoaster this season, winning as many as three matches in a row, followed by a trio of losses. They share one non-conference opponent with Purdue in Arkansas. Both teams defeated the Razorbacks early in the season to the tune of 6-1. Junior Leandro Toledo is listed 66th nationally among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) top-125 singles players.
Minnesota has won the last six meetings with the Boilermakers dating back to Purdue's 4-1 win in the 2007 Big Ten Tournament. It was only the eighth win for the Old Gold & Black in an all-time series led by the Gophers, 51-8.
Wisconsin will pay a visit to No. 65 Indiana on Friday, before facing the Boilermakers on Sunday. With a 5-2 win over then-No. 68 Iowa on March 23, the Badgers snapped a three-match losing skid. During that stretch they were held scoreless on the road to then-No. 65 Miami (Fla.) (4-0), then-No. 47 USF (7-0) and Nebraska (7-0). At 0-6, Wisconsin has yet to come home from a road match with a victory.
Last season's 4-0 shutout in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament marked Purdue's first win over the Badgers since 2003. Wisconsin has dominated the series, 56-19, since the first meeting in 1933.