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.

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