Final Match Win Clinches Victory for the Men's Tennis Team
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. The DePaul men’s tennis team defeated Purdue 4-3 Sunday on the Basham Courts inside the Schwartz Tennis Center, marking just the third time in five years the Blue Demons have come out on top against a Big 10 Conference opponent.
DePaul fell behind early, losing all three doubles matches to the Boilermakers. Purdue’s No. 2 doubles team of Branko Kuzmanovic and P.J. Rose claimed the first decision of the match by defeating Alasdair Graetz and Bartosz Jozwiak 8-6. The No. 3 doubles team of Paul Foley and Eric Ramos clinched the doubles point for Purdue with a 9-8 (6) victory over Jose Moncada and Matija Palinic. The No. 1 tandem of Austin Doerner and Ben Hartman jumped to a 7-5 lead, but were unable to put the match away, losing to Slavko Bijelica and Griff Nienberg, 9-8 (5).
Purdue extended its lead to 2-0 as Ramos earned a straight-set victory over Palinic, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 5 singles position. DePaul tallied its first point of the match after Jozwiak defeated Nienberg 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 singles and tied the match with Moncada’s 6-4, 6-2 win over Roberto Cabrini at No. 2 singles.
The Blue Demons pushed ahead with the conclusion of No. 4 singles play. Graetz and Rose battled for three sets, with Graetz pulling out the 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory. Bijelica and Doerner also clashed for three sets at No. 1 singles before Bijelica evened the match with his 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 victory.
With the score tied up at three, the deciding match fell upon Hartman and Kuzmanovic. The marathon match at No. 3 singles lasted more than three hours before Hartman clinched the win for DePaul 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
The Blue Demons return to the courts on Friday, Jan. 23, when they travel to the University of Texas-Arlington.