Nov. 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s tennis team announced its schedule for the upcoming spring. The Boilermakers will play 15 home matches at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
“I am really excited about this year’s schedule,” head coach Pawel Gajdzik said. “I believe it’s a well-balanced schedule, a schedule that will provide challenges and excellent opportunities for the team along the way. The plan is to improve as the season progresses to prepare us for the postseason play.”
The Boilermakers open the season with several opportunities to catch home action. The team kicks off the season with a home tripleheader on Saturday, Jan. 12. The men will start with a 9 a.m. ET match against Toledo. The Rockets have Boilermaker ties as assistant coach Paul Foley played for Purdue from 2006-10. The Boilermakers will then play Butler at 2 p.m. and IUPUI at 7 p.m. The team then has a doubleheader the following weekend with matches against DePaul and IPFW.
Purdue has a very challenging, yet balanced schedule for 2013. The team is scheduled to play 15 teams that finished in the rankings following the 2012 season, 10 of which had berths in the NCAA Tournament. The upcoming schedule features schools from 10 different conferences including the Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Mountain West, Mid-American Conference, Western Athletic Conference, as well as the Big Ten and others.
“With 15 ranked teams on the schedule, based last year’s final rankings, and 10 which made the NCAA tournament, we will see good competition early in the season,” Gajdzik said. “Having a challenging non-conference season will definitely benefit us when the tough Big Ten schedule starts in March.”
A number of marquee non-conference matches also fill the schedule. The Boilermakers will host the No. 58 Arkansas Razorbacks on Feb. 23. The team also has road trips to No. 57 Denver, No. 18 Baylor, No. 49 Dartmouth, and No. 50 Brown. The men also have a spring break trip to the Golden Coast to play No. 37 Fresno State and No. 33 Santa Clara.
Purdue finished the 2012 season just outside of the rankings. Official team rankings for 2013 will be released on Jan. 3. Singles and doubles rankings have been released and the Boilermakers have one of the top doubles tandems in the nation. Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne are the No. 13 doubles pair in the country. That ranking is the second highest of any Purdue men’s team or individuals in program history. Cris James and Derek Myers were ranked No. 7 in the country in 1997.
The Big Ten has eight teams that finished in the rankings in 2012 including four in the top 25. Ohio State topped the list at No. 4. Illinois was next at No. 15 and Michigan was the third-highest at No. 21. The Indiana Hoosiers were also in the top 25 as they finished at No. 22. Purdue finished with a 10-16 overall record in one of the nation’s toughest conferences. Purdue's full schedule can be found here.
The Boilermakers return their top seven student-athletes from the 2012 season. The team also added freshman Arthur Dobradin and assistant coach Ben Rogers. Rogers is a outstanding player and coach at both the collegiate and professional level. He played and coached at Tennessee before moving onto the professional circuit. There, he was ranked as high as No. 487 in the world in doubles.