April 18, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 61 Purdue men’s tennis team has added a pair of home matches to the schedule after this weekend’s Big Ten matches. The Boilermakers will host Vincennes for a senior day doubleheader on Tuesday following Friday’s match at No. 34 Northwestern and Sunday’s home contest against No. 31 Illinois.
Purdue (16-9, 3-6 B1G) had a tough weekend as it dropped a pair of conference road matches at Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Boilermakers fell to the Badgers, 4-3, before coming up short at Minnesota, 5-2. Krisztian Krocsko still boasts the best singles record as he is 18-4 in dual match play this season. The senior has won five of his last six singles matches. He is 6-2 in conference play.
Northwestern (18-8, 4-5) has had a similar season as Purdue. The Wildcats stormed through nonconference before getting to Big Ten play. They have lost three of their last four matches with the lone winning coming against Penn State by a 5-2 score. Northwestern has had success at home all season, though, as it is 11-3 in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats have a ranked doubles pair with Spencer Wolf and Alex Pasreanu coming in at No. 79 in the country. Raleigh Smith is ranked in singles as the No. 83 player in the country.
Illinois (13-9, 6-3) has dropped three of its last five matches. The Fighting Illini beat Michigan State, 4-3, and Penn State, 7-0, during that stretch. Jared Hiltzik leads the team in singles as he is No. 31 in the nation. The team has three ranked doubles pairs as Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon are No. 11 in the nation, Kopinski and Farris Gosea are No. 77, and Hiltzik and Alex Jesse are No. 80 in the country. The Fighting Illini have played just five true road contests are 2-3 in those matches.
Purdue is 20-63-2 in the all-time series against Northwestern. The Wildcats won last year’s match, 5-2. The Boilermakers are 10-84-1 against Illinois in the series between the two schools. The Fighting Illini have won 22-straight in the series and have not lost to the Boilermakers since 1993.
Tuesday’s added matches against Vincennes will be at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The team will celebrate the careers of Krocsko and Pawel Poziomski as the two seniors play in the final home matches. The first match is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET while the second will follow at 2:30.
Friday’s match at Northwestern is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. Sunday’s home match against Illinois is scheduled for noon. Live scoring will be available for both matches on PurdueSports.com.