April 4, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 63 Purdue tennis team is back in action this weekend as it hosts a pair of conference matches. The Boilermakers welcome No. 58 Nebraska to the Schwartz Tennis Center for the first time on Friday and Iowa on Sunday.
Purdue (14-7, 1-4 B1G) has had a tough start to conference play. The Boilermakers are coming off a heartbreaking 4-3 loss at Indiana on Wednesday where the team was as close as two points away from victory. Last weekend, the team was in a similar situation with a 5-2 loss to Michigan where the Boilermakers won five first sets as well as in the 6-1 loss to Michigan State where the Boilermakers dropped three third sets including multiple match points. Purdue’s other conference loss came at No. 5 Ohio State.
Krisztian Krocsko and Szymon Tatarczyk have come into their own at the No. 1 doubles spot. The duo has won both matches since being bumped from No. 2 to the top spot with an 8-0 win last week and an 8-5 win over the No. 28 tandem in the nation on Wednesday.
Nebraska (10-8, 2-3) is coming off a pair of conference victories. The Huskers knocked off Penn State last weekend, 4-3, before dominating Iowa on Wednesday, 6-1. The team has played 10 teams ranked in the top 75 this season and has four wins with a high against the 30th-ranked team. The Huskers have been ranked as high as No. 33 in the nation.
Purdue and Nebraska have met just twice on the courts. The Boilermakers won the first-ever meeting between the schools in 2001, 4-2, while the Huskers won the first as a conference match last season, 4-3.
Iowa (7-10, 0-5) has hit a rough patch after a six-match winning streak earlier this season. After that, though, the Hawkeyes have dropped nine of 10 including a string of six in a row. Iowa is still looking for its first conference win as it has dropped the first five. The Hawkeyes have suffered 7-0 losses to Illinois, Northwestern, and Ohio State and also have a 4-3 loss to Penn State and the loss to Nebraska. Iowa will face Indiana on Friday before traveling to West Lafayette.
Purdue and Iowa have met 68 times on the courts with the Hawkeyes leading the series, 39-29. The Boilermakers have won the last two meetings including last season’s 6-1 decision.
Friday’s match against Nebraska is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET and, weather permitting, will be the first home outdoor match of the season. On Sunday, the match with Iowa will begin at noon. A live blog and live scoring will be available on PurdueSports.com for each match.