April 11, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 58 Purdue men’s tennis team hits the road for a couple of conference matches this weekend. The Boilermakers will travel to No. 75 Wisconsin on Friday and No. 40 Minnesota on Sunday.
Purdue (16-7, 3-4 B1G) is coming off one of its most successful conference weekends in years. The Boilermakers started off with a 7-0 sweep of then-No. 58 Nebraska. The shutout was the first of its kind in conference play for the Boilermakers since 1998 when the team beat Ohio State by the same margin. The team followed up Friday’s win with a 6-1 victory over Iowa.
Krisztian Krocsko leads the way for Purdue in singles. He has a 17-3 dual match record and has won 10 of his last 11 matches including four in a row. He and Szymon Tatarczyk also recently made the move from No. 2 doubles up to the top spot. The duo is 3-1 since the switch was made including a victory over the No. 28 tandem in the nation from Indiana. Tatarczyk and Krocsko jumped into the rankings this week and are No. 79.
Wisconsin (10-9, 1-6) jumped into the rankings this week despite dropping a pair of Big Ten matches last week. The conference slate hasn’t been kind to the Badgers as they have lost six in a row to Big Ten foes. Wisconsin is also riding a seven-match losing streak into Friday’s contest. The Badgers did beat Minnesota back in February, 4-3.
Minnesota (9-9, 5-2) has played well in conference matches. The Golden Gophers have won five of their last six matches, though they are coming off a 7-0 loss to Ohio State. Of those five wins, four of them were by 4-3 scores. The Golden Gophers have had 11 matches this season decided by a 4-3 score. They are 5-6 in those contests. Minnesota has a pair of ranked singles players led by Rok Bonin. Bonin is the No. 45 player in the country while Leandro Toledo is ranked No. 81.
Purdue’s match on Friday against Wisconsin is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. On Sunday, the Boilermakers and Golden Gophers will begin play at 1 p.m.