No. 4 Purdue falls to No. 5 Northwestern at Big Ten Tournament

Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Purdue Sports) – The Purdue men’s tennis team was unable to overcome Northwestern’s fast start as the fourth-seeded Boilermakers were blanked by the fifth seed, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament Friday. The 32nd-ranked Wildcats (21-9) advance into Saturday’s semifinals, while No. 34 Purdue suffered its fourth consecutive loss and slipped to 15-7.

Rain and cool temperatures forced the match to be moved to the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Northwestern snagged the doubles point from the Boilermakers with 8-5 matches at both the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. The scales first tilted the Wildcats way with Fedor Baev and Strong Kirchheimer’s win over Purdue’s Mateus Silva and Mark Kovacs in the No. 3 spot.

Moving into the No. 1 slot, Aaron Dujovne and Diego Acosta once again got the better of Northwestern’s nationally ranked tandem of Mihir Kumar and Raleigh Smith. Dujovne and Acosta dealt the 28th-ranked pair an 8-4 loss to even the battle. It was the Boilermaker duo’s third upset of a nationally ranked opponent and their second of Kumar and Smith this season.

Sam Shropshire and Alex Pasareanu avenged their ranked teammates’ loss by upending Purdue’s 73rd-ranked Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla at No. 2 to earn the point for the Wildcats. The senior/rookie Boilermaker team has dropped their last four matches, shifting their record to 8-5.

With only four courts available for each match inside, singles No. 3 and 6 only were to play if necessary. Northwestern’s three points to secure its spot in the semifinals came by way of straight-set victories at Nos. 1, 2 and 4.

The Boilermakers will now wait until April 29 to see if they will receive one of 33 at-large bids available to join the 64-team field of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. The men’s team bracket selection show will be streamed on at 5 p.m. ET. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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