April 5, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 72 Purdue Boilermakers men’s tennis team is back on the road this weekend for a pair of Big Ten matches. The team will play at No. 68 Nebraska on Friday and at Iowa on Sunday.
Purdue (7-9, 1-3 Big Ten) is coming off a tough weekend in the state of Michigan. The Boilermakers fell last Saturday to the Wolverines, 5-2, and on Sunday lost to the Spartans, 6-1. Head coach Pawel Gajdzik switched up the doubles lineup prior to the team’s match against Penn State. The new Purdue doubles teams have fared pretty well as the Boilermakers swept the point against Penn State and won it at Michigan State. The teams were also very competitive with nationally ranked pairs from Michigan. All three pairs, Aaron Dujovne and Diego Acosta, Krisztian Krocsko and Szymon Tatarczyk, and Mark Kovacs and Pawel Poziomski, are 2-1.
Nebraska (9-9, 2-3) is on a two match win streak. Both matches came against conference foes. Last Sunday, the Huskers beat Penn State, 4-3. On Wednesday, they knocked off Iowa, 6-1. Both matches were on the road. The remaining three conference matches came against Illinois, Northwestern, and Ohio State and were all losses.
Iowa (1-15, 0-5) has had tough going so far this season. The Hawkeyes are currently riding a 13 match losing streak and have scored three points only one time during that stretch. That match was against DePaul, a team that Purdue also lost to by the score of 4-3. Other common opponents are Arkansas and Penn State. While the Boilermakers beat both by the score of 5-2, the Hawkeyes fell 6-1 and 5-2, respectively.
Purdue is 1-0 all-time against Nebraska. The lone meeting between the now-conference opponents came back in 2001 with Purdue winning, 4-2. The Boilermakers are 28-39 in history against the Hawkeyes. The teams split last season with Iowa winning in the regular season, 4-3, and the Boilermakers winning in the Big Ten Tournament, 4-2. Prior to that Purdue win, Iowa had won seven in a row in the series.
Purdue will face Nebraska at 4 p.m. ET on Friday. On Sunday, Purdue and Iowa will square off at 1 p.m. ET. A full recap and results will be posted following the completion of each match.