Sept. 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's tennis team advanced six singles players and two doubles teams into the second round at the Purdue Fall Invitational Friday. The three-day event hosted by the Boilermakers at the Schwartz Tennis Center features 20 teams, highlighted by DePaul, Iowa, Louisville and Marquette among others.
Saturday's action opens with doubles championship and consolation play starting at 8 a.m. ET with championship singles play getting underway at 11 a.m. A free youth clinic (eighth grade and under) will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. in conjunction with the event. Purdue Pete and Boilermaker cheerleaders will also be on hand for fan photos and autographs.
Third-seeded Szymon Tatarczyk and fourth-seeded Mark Kovacs posted first-round victories in Flight A of singles competiton. Tatarczyk defeated Washington in St. Louis' Ross Putterman, 6-3, 6-2, and will face off with Mark Singni of Toledo in the second round. Kovacs handed Gleb Sklyr of Marquette a 6-3, 6-4, setback to earn a second-round match against Daniel Kang of IPFW. Both matches are slated for 11:30 a.m.
Mateus Silva, the No. 3 seed in Flight B, defeated Kyle Dunn of Valparaiso, 6-1, 6-3. The sophomore's second-round foe will be Iowa's Brian Alden with a 12 p.m. start. Evan Hawkins rallied past Felipe Frias of Louisville in three sets, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, in Flight C. He advanced to face DePaul's Adam Reinhart at 3 p.m. Playing in his first match as a Boilermaker, freshman Lucas Dages picked up a 7-6 (2), 6-3 win versus IPFW's Karl-Eirik Wangensten. His second-round opponent in Flight D is Nick Dykema of Marquette at 11 a.m.
Fellow freshman Matt Bouggy received a first-round bye in Flight E to push into the second round versus Harsha Manjunath of Vincennes, who also received a bye. The two will meet at 3 p.m.
Diego Acosta (Flight A), Ricky Medinilla (Flight C) and Arthur Dobradin (Flight D) will represent Purdue in the consolation bracket of their respective flight.
Rain forced the first round of Flight A and B doubles to the indoor courts. The Boilermaker duo of Hawkins and Dobradin defeated Bradley's Justin Abrams and Dan Rodefeld in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-4), in Flight A. Third-seeded Tatarczyk and Kovacs also advanced in the division courtesy of a bye. Both teams will take to the court at 8 a.m. with Hawkins and Dobradin facing Vincennes' Warren Kuhn and Garrett Mandrell and Tatarczyk and Kovacs battling Ali Shabib and Manuel Bellutti of Cleveland State.
In consolation play, Dages and Bouggy will play at 9 a.m. in Flight B, followed by Silva and Medinilla in Flight A at 10 a.m.
For up-to-the-minute results, fans may follow the Purdue Men's Tennis Twitter feed, @PurdueMT. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #PUInvite, which is the tournament's official hashtag. Questions and comments are also welcomed. Full results will be available on PurdueSports.com following the completion of each day.