April 19, 2013
Watch: Purdue Match Highlights
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
Score: No. 34 Northwestern 5, No. 61 Purdue 2
Records: NU (19-8, 5-5 Big Ten), Purdue (16-10, 3-7 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, April 21 - at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- It was chippy at times and lasted four and a half hours, but No. 34 Northwestern eventually came away with a narrow 5-2 win over No. 61 Purdue Friday afternoon at Combe Tennis Center.
It was the Boilermakers who jumped out to the early advantage as the guests took the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. Purdue won 8-6 at the No. 3 spot before its No. 1 duo Szymon Tatarczyk and Krisztian Krocsko outlasted the Wildcats' 79th-ranked team of Spencer Wolf and Alex Pasareanu 9-8, winning 7-5 in the tiebreaker.
NU responded, though, as all six Wildcats were victorious in the first set of their singles matches.
On Senior Day, Sidarth Balaji was the first of the three NU seniors to wrap up a victory as he won a heated battle with Diego Acosta 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 to even the match 1-1.
Wolf, a fellow senior, and Mihir Kumar also closed out straight-set victories to put Northwestern up 3-1. Wolf, Kumar and Chris Jackman were all involved in first-set tiebreakers at the same time and all were victorious 7-5. Wolf finished off Szymon Tatarczyk 7-6, 6-4 and Kumar took down Krisztian Krocsko 7-6, 6-2.
Even though NU was within one match of the win, the decisive outcome was far from decided. Mark Kovacs rallied for a three-set win at No. 2 to get the Boilermakers within 3-2 and the two remaining matches went down to decisive third sets.
After winning his opening set at No. 5 6-4, Pasareanu dropped his second set to Mateus Silva 6-3 and trailed 4-2 in the final set. However, with Silva displaying fatigue, Pasareanu took advantage, winning the final four games to win the decisive set 6-4 and clinch the win for the Wildcats.
Jackman would eventually knock off Evan Hawkins 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 at No. 6, as all three seniors were victorious in their last home match.
Northwestern closes out its regular season Sunday as it travels to Indiana. First serve is set for 11 a.m. Central time in Bloomington.
#34 Northwestern 5, #61 Purdue 2
1. Szymon Tatarczyk/Krisztian Krocsko (PU) def. #79 Spencer Wolf/Alex Pasareanu (NU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Raleigh Smith/Mihir Kumar (NU) led Aaron Dujovne/Diego Acosta (PU) 8-7 (unfinished)
3. Pawel Poziomski/Mark Kovacs (PU) def. Sidarth Balaji/Chris Jackman (NU) 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 1*
1. Spencer Wolf (NU) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (PU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. Mark Kovacs (PU) def. #83 Raleigh Smith (NU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Diego Acosta (PU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Mihir Kumar (NU) def. Krisztian Krocsko (PU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
5. Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Mateus Silva (PU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
6. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Evan Hawkins (PU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 4, 1, 2, 5*, 6
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