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Purdue Tennis Plus: 1-24-22

It’s hard to really make any judgments about this season yet. All of the first seven matches had the results that I expected, so while I had hoped that the men would be able to pull off at least one win over the past two weeks but wins here weren’t completely necessary. With that said, I will now discuss the results.

Men’s Results:

1/15: FINAL—Southern Methodist 4, Purdue 3

#1 Doubles

1

Bennett/Cossu (PUR)

6

Neff/Thamma (SMU)

4

#2 Doubles

1

Galus/Wozniak (PUR)

6

Chakravarthi/Kumar (SMU)

4

#3 Doubles

1

Brancatelli/Dudek (PUR)

3

Krall/Steinhausen (SMU)

6

#1 Singles

1

2

3

Athell Bennett (PUR)

6

6

Caleb Chakravarthi (SMU)

1

4

#2 Singles

1

2

3

Sebastian Welch (PUR)

3

6

0

Liam Krall (SMU)

6

4

6

#3 Singles

1

2

3

Tomasz Dudek (PUR)

3

3

Adam Neff (SMU)

6

6

#4 Singles

1

2

3

Rohan Sachdev (PUR)

3

6

2

Julian Steinhausen (SMU)

6

4

6

#5 Singles

1

2

3

Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR)

6

1

6

Ivan Thamma (SMU)

3

6

1

#6 Singles

1

2

3

Milledge Cossu (PUR)

3

Pranav Kumar (SMU)

4

*COSSU RETIREMENT

Honestly, it was not a bad start. The Boilermakers started well by taking the doubles point from Southern Methodist, but for whatever reason, Michal Wozniak went down and was unable to play in singles. This forced everyone else to move up one spot from where they would have otherwise played. Also, Milledge going down with an injury gave the Mustangs another point automatically. The Boilermakers battled hard, but they fell just a bit short. You wonder what would have happened without those injuries, but it is good that Purdue can even wonder that. Hopefully both guys recover quickly.

1/17: FINAL—#24 Oklahoma 6, Purdue 1

#1 Doubles

1

Welch/Wozniak (PUR)

4

Hotard/Martinez (OU)

6

#2 Doubles

1

Brancatelli/Dudek (PUR)

3

Anselmo/Mandlik (OU)

4

*DID NOT FINISH

#3 Doubles

1

Sachdev/Suzanne (PUR)

3

Beiler/Han (OU)

6

#1 Singles

1

2

3

Sebastian Welch (PUR)

3

4

#31 Mason Beiler (OU)

6

6

#2 Singles

1

2

3

Tomasz Dudek (PUR)

4

1

Alex Martinez (OU)

6

6

#3 Singles

1

2

3

Michal Wozniak (PUR)

4

2

#49 Mark Mandlik (OU)

6

6

#4 Singles

1

2

3

Rohan Sachdev (PUR)

7

4

8

Justin Schlageter (OU)

6

6

10

#5 Singles

1

2

3

Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR)

6

6

Nathan Han (OU)

2

3

#6 Singles

1

2

3

Julen Morgan (PUR)

2

2

Welsh Hotard (OU)

6

6

An upset win in Norman would have been nice, but a loss was much more expected. For whatever reason, Athell Bennett did not play at all in this match, so with shaken up doubles teams, Oklahoma had a relatively easy time in doubles play. Along with that, without Bennett in the lineup, that forced everybody else to move up a spot from where they normally play, and the Sooners took advantage of these imbalanced matchups. Gabriele Brancatelli did win at #5 singles for a lone bright spot.

1/22: FINAL—Tulsa 6, Purdue 1

#1 Doubles

1

Bennett/Welch (PUR)

3

#60 Di Marco/Pearson (TUL)

6

#2 Doubles

1

Galus/Wozniak (PUR)

6

Gaber/Gale (TUL)

0

#3 Doubles

1

Brancatelli/Dudek (PUR)

5

Siddall/Thelwall-Jones (TUL)

7

#1 Singles

1

2

3

Athell Bennett (PUR)

3

6

1

Kody Pearson (TUL)

6

2

6

#2 Singles

1

2

3

Sebastian Welch (PUR)

1

5

Ezequiel Santalla (TUL)

6

7

#3 Singles

1

2

3

Michal Wozniak (PUR)

6

2

Stefan Hampe (TUL)

7

6

#4 Singles

1

2

3

Gabrielle Brancatelli (PUR)

6

1

6

Connor Di Marco (TUL)

4

6

4

#5 Singles

1

2

3

Rohan Sachdev (PUR)

5

4

Callum Gale (TUL)

7

6

#6 Singles

1

2

3

Piotr Galus (PUR)

0

7

3

Adham Gaber (TUL)

6

6

10

Purdue just couldn’t get enough points to win sets, and that is what kept them from winning in Tulsa. The #1 and #2 doubles matches were relatively one-sided, so the point came down to the #3 doubles match. Ultimately, Tulsa got enough points to win seven games and the point that came with that. In singles play, a similar situation developed: four sets required a seventh game to decide the winner, and Tulsa won three of those four sets, plus a ten-point tiebreaker after the outcome of the match was already decided.

1/23: FINAL—Wichita State 6, Purdue 1

#1 Doubles

1

Bennett/Cossu (PUR)

5

Acevedo/Mrsic (WSU)

7

#2 Doubles

1

Galus/Wozniak (PUR)

6

Lin/Ovil (WSU)

4

#3 Doubles

1

Brancatelli/Dudek (PUR)

0

Minarik/Richards (WSU)

6

#1 Singles

1

2

3

Athell Bennett (PUR)

6

0

3

Nicolas Acevedo (WSU)

3

6

6

#2 Singles

1

2

3

Milledge Cossu (PUR)

1

6

Orel Ovil (WSU)

6

7

#3 Singles

1

2

3

Tomasz Dudek (PUR)

3

2

Kristof Minarik (WSU)

6

6

#4 Singles

1

2

3

Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR)

3

3

Luka Mrsic (WSU)

6

3

*BRANCATELLI RETIRES

#5 Singles

1

2

3

Rohan Sachdev (PUR)

7

4

10

Ray Lo (WSU)

5

6

5

#6 Singles

1

2

3

Piotr Galus (PUR)

1

4

Alex Richards (WSU)

6

6

Given that Wichita State had lost two key players from last year, I was hoping this match would be significantly closer. However, a fourth different lineup in four matches was unable to produce results. In doubles play, Purdue’s #3 pairing got hammered. The #2 pairing jumped out to a large lead, let their opponents hang around for longer than I would have liked, but finished the job. It all came down to #2 doubles, and the Shockers hung on there to win. That seemed to deflate Purdue, as they struggled in the early sets. They only lost two first sets, and if you count the retirement as a lost set, lost every second set. Rohan did win his ten-point tiebreaker at #5 singles to salvage one point for the Boilermakers.

Women’s Results:

1/16: FINAL—Purdue 5, Cincinnati 2

#1 Doubles

1

McLay/Pendergast (CIN)

4

Fodor/Milic (PUR)

6

#2 Doubles

1

Guna/Miceli (CIN)

2

Galindo/Gasparin (PUR)

6

#3 Doubles

1

Flanagan/Niehaus (CIN)

5

Gallardo Guevara/Larranaga (PUR)

5

*DID NOT FINISH

#1 Singles

1

2

3

#121 Elizabeth Pendergast (CIN)

2

1

#111 Csilla Fodor (PUR)

6

6

#2 Singles

1

2

3

Ioana Guna (CIN)

3

6

6

Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR)

6

3

4

#3 Singles

1

2

3

Cassie McLay (CIN)

3

2

Tara Milic (PUR)

6

6

#4 Singles

1

2

3

Maria Santilli (CIN)

7

1

10

Juana Larranaga (PUR)

5

6

7

#5 Singles

1

2

3

Emma Miceli (CIN)

2

4

Rut Galindo (PUR)

6

6

#6 Singles

1

2

3

Callie Flanagan (CIN)

5

6

Seira Shimizu (PUR)

7

7

I would have preferred the score to look a bit nicer, but the Boilermakers got the win, and that is what counts. Doubles was clean as a whole, and Purdue did well in first sets, winning five of six. Purdue also won five of the six second sets, confirming their victory. However, the Bearcats were not going to go quietly, and took both of the third sets to produce the final score. It’s a bit disappointing that Purdue couldn’t finish out at least one of those third sets, but it isn’t that great a travesty in the big picture.

1/16: FINAL—Purdue 7, IUPUI 0

#1 Doubles

1

Grubb/Ochalik (IUPUI)

0

Fodor/Milic (PUR)

6

#2 Doubles

1

Bernard/Hayward (IUPUI)

5

Galindo/Gasparin (PUR)

3

*DID NOT FINISH

#3 Doubles

1

Lounsbury/Stankovic (IUPUI)

2

Gallardo Guevara/Larranaga (PUR)

6

#1 Singles

1

2

3

Gabrielle Ochalik (IUPUI)

0

0

#111 Csilla Fodor (PUR)

6

6

#2 Singles

1

2

3

Krystal Grubb (IUPUI)

4

1

Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR)

6

6

#3 Singles

1

2

3

Christina Stankovic (IUPUI)

2

4

Tara Milic (PUR)

6

6

#4 Singles

1

2

3

Samantha Hayward (IUPUI)

0

2

Juana Larranaga (PUR)

6

6

#5 Singles

1

2

3

Meghan Bernard (IUPUI)

1

2

Rut Galindo (PUR)

6

6

#6 Singles

1

2

3

Sarah Lounsbury (IUPUI)

2

2

Seira Shimizu (PUR)

6

6

This was a big mismatch on paper, and the final score shows that it was just as great a mismatch on the court. Purdue won the doubles point pretty easily, and I was fully expecting Coach Glitz to rest probably either Csilla Fodor or Tara Milic in order to spread around some playing time. I fully expect that Purdue would have won pretty easily without one of their top three players, but Coach Glitz decided to go full throttle and use the entire starting lineup. The result was a dominating win, highlighted by the rare "double donut" at #1 singles.

1/22: Purdue 7, Xavier 0

#1 Doubles

1

Graham/Roggenburk (XAV)

4

Fodor/Milic (PUR)

6

#2 Doubles

1

Courteau/Lyman (XAV)

6

Galindo/Gasparin (PUR)

3

#3 Doubles

1

Nwaozuzu/Smith (XAV)

6

Gallardo Guevara/Larranaga (PUR)

7

#1 Singles

1

2

3

Imani Graham (XAV)

6

2

5

#111 Csilla Fodor (PUR)

2

6

7

#2 Singles

1

2

3

Anna Roggenburk (XAV)

4

2

Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR)

6

6

#3 Singles

1

2

3

Kat Lyman (XAV)

6

6

5

Tara Milic (PUR)

1

7

7

#4 Singles

1

2

3

Anna Smith (XAV)

3

2

Juana Larranaga (PUR)

6

6

#5 Singles

1

2

3

Blessing Nwaozuzu (XAV)

1

5

Rut Galindo (PUR)

6

7

#6 Singles

1

2

3

Anne-Sophie Courteau (XAV)

3

4

Seira Shimizu (PUR)

6

6

This was a match where I was worried about a potential upset. About any upset hopes were pinned on having Ahmeir Kyle in the lineup though, and she did not play against the Boilermakers. The doubles point was a bit closer than I was hoping for, but the Boilermakers took the point in the end. After that, singles play was straightforward. Purdue took four of the six first sets and all six second sets, and so was in complete command of the match at that point. Unlike with Cincinnati though, Purdue was able to take both third sets to complete the sweep.

Extra Attention:

The wrestling team, currently ranked as #17 in the nation, gets the first extra attention of the 2022 season. This week was fairly standard: they beat Illinois 25-13 on Friday, then lost to #8 Wisconsin by a 23-12 score yesterday, with both matches happening in West Lafayette. The big win that I want to talk about came back on January 7th, when Purdue picked up a win at #9 Nebraska. It was Purdue’s first wrestling win in Lincoln since 1985 and the first top-10 win since 2004. The win was highlighted by two major upsets. First, #21 Gerrit Nijenhuis knocked off #3 Mikey Labriola at 174 pounds, and then #23 Max Lyon upset #10 Taylor Venz at 184 pounds. Furthermore, this upset happened without the aid of one of Purdue’s best wrestlers, as Kendall Coleman, currently ranked #9 at 157 pounds, did not compete. The team is currently 8-4 overall and 2-3 in Big Ten play with a chance for a twelfth straight wrestling victory over the Hoosiers. Purdue already has the longest win streak for anyone since the 1920s, and it would certainly be nice to extend that.

Upcoming Action:

Men’s Tennis:

1/30: vs Chicago State

1/30: vs IUPUI

2/5: vs Depaul

2/5: vs Saint Louis

After a rough road trip, the Boilermakers return home for a couple of weekends. The competition level is much lower for the next four matches than it was for the first four, and Schwartz Tennis Center does give Purdue some home court advantage, so Purdue’s record should jump back to .500 quickly. However, if Purdue does lose one of these matches, it should set off major alarms.

Women’s Tennis:

1/29: vs Bowling Green State

1/30: vs Saint Louis

2/5: @Tulsa

The women’s tennis team gets a couple more matches over this coming weekend to work out any remaining issues, and then the hard part of the nonconference season starts. Tulsa is a tough opponent, and this will be the first road match that counts towards the standings for the newcomers. Hopefully the Boilermakers can apply what they’ve learned over the first matches to pull off a nice road win.

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