Purdue Opens Big Ten Tournament Against Iowa

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Mark Kovacs has won four of his last five singles matches heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
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Freshman Mark Kovacs has won four of his last five singles matches heading into the Big Ten Tournament.
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April 27, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 66 Purdue Boilermakers will look to avenge their 4-3 loss against Iowa on April 2 when they face the No. 69 Hawkeyes on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis.

Purdue (12-12, 3-7 Big Ten) wrapped up a seventh place finish in the Big Ten Conference over the weekend by knocking off Penn State on Friday in State College, Pa., 6-1, before falling to the Big Ten Champion Ohio State Buckeyes, 7-0, on Sunday. Against the Nittany Lions, Purdue was able to win the doubles point with victories from Aaron Dujovne and Mark Kovacs at No. 3 and Szymon Tatarczyk and Pawel Poziomski at No. 2. In singles, the Boilermakers won all but one match with Kovacs, Tatarczyk, Eric Ramos, Dujovne, and Poziomski each coming out on top in his match.

On Sunday, Ohio State showed how they have won 76 consecutive Big Ten matches and six straight conference championships. The Buckeyes swept the doubles point and dropped just one set, to Dujovne at No. 3, in singles play en route to a 7-0 victory.

On Thursday, the Boilermakers will battle against 10th-seeded Iowa (8-12, 2-8). On April 2 in West Lafayette, Ind., Iowa was able to pull out a narrow victory on a windy afternoon. The doubles point was costly as Purdue dropped it with 8-4 losses at No. 1 and No. 3 In singles, Ramos quickly tied the score with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of Austen Kauss at No. 4. Krisztian Krocsko was next to finish as he came out on top at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2. Kovacs was the only other Boilermaker to win a singles match as he edged Nikita Zotov at No. 3, 6-2, 7-5.

Purdue and Iowa will hit the courts at 2:30 p.m. CT in the third and final match of the day. The winner will advance to the second round to face the No. 2 seed Indiana Hoosiers (22-6, 9-1) at 2 p.m. CT. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the tournament on tape delay on Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. ET. All of the Big Ten Tournament action will take place at the University of Wisconsin at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.