April 15, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 67 Purdue men's tennis team is set to host its final home match of the season at noon ET on Sunday as it hosts the No. 72 Northwestern Wildcats at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
Purdue (10-11, 1-6 Big Ten) is coming off a tough road weekend that featured two gut-wrenching 4-3 losses, at Wisconsin and then-No. 20 Minnesota. In Friday's match against the Badgers, doubles was the deciding factor as Wisconsin pulled out victories at No. 1 and No. 3 to earn the point. Mark Kovacs shined in his match at No. 3 singles as he blanked his opponent in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Aaron Dujovne also put together a dominant performance as he pulled out a win a No. 5, 6-4, 6-2. Pawel Poziomski was the only other Boilermaker to win his singles match as he held on in a third set tiebreak, 7-6.
The Boilermakers made a few adjustments heading into Sunday's match at Minnesota. Kovacs bumped up to the No. 2 singles spot for the first time in his career and defeated Rok Bonin in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2. Dujovne also moved up a spot as he played No. 2 for just the second time this season and picked up an impressive straight set win over Phillip Arndt, 7-6, 6-1. Eric Ramos was the other Boilermaker to pull out a victory in singles as he won at No. 5, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.
Northwestern (11-9, 2-4) will play at Indiana on Friday before traveling to West Lafayette to face Purdue on Sunday. The Wildcats have won two of their last three matches with conference wins against Penn State and at Iowa. On Sunday, Northwestern fell to No. 15 Illinois, 4-3. The Wildcats are led by their top singles player, Joshua Graves, who checked in at No. 125 in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Graves has an individual dual match record of 9-10 on the year, all at the No. 1 spot.
Sunday's contest will be the last home match for the lone Purdue senior, Ramos. The Alameda, Calif. Native has compiled 55 singles victories over his career with a season high of 18 his freshman year. He has also won 58 doubles matches to date including 18 victories in his junior campaign.
"I'm excited to finish my career here at Purdue," Ramos said. "It's been a long ride with lots of ups and downs, but I'm glad to be here and play on the team. Hopefully we can pull out a win in the match."
Sunday's match is scheduled to start at noon ET at the Schwartz Tennis Center. There will also be a wheelchair tennis clinic immediately following the match until 6 p.m. with the Purdue men's tennis team on hand alongside members of the RHI Adult Wheelchair Tennis team to teach and play the sport as well as to increase awareness about athletic opportunities for disabled persons. All disabled persons are invited to attend this exciting event and to experience the joys of wheelchair tennis. Admission to both events is free. Live scoring for Purdue's match against Northwestern can be found at purduesports.com.