Essick's Heroics Lead to 4-3 Win Over Purdue
April 3, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's tennis (12-10, 3-2) took a 4-3 victory over Purdue (14-7, 1-4) on Wednesday. Freshman Chris Essick clinched the match, coming from behind in the final set to win the final three games and the match. The win gets the Hoosiers over the hump, as they had lost six out of seven 4-3 matches on the season entering the day. The Hoosiers got wins at the top three singles spots and at number six after Purdue took the doubles point.
The win increases Indiana's lead in the Crimson and Gold Cup standings to 9-5, putting IU just one point away from clinching the overall victory. Indiana is 5-1-2 over the past eight years in the all-sport competition.
In singles, Sam Monette got out early and cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Mark Kovacs at number two. MacTaggart battled to a tough win in the first set, but won the second handily for a 7-5, 6-0 win over Szymon Tatarczyk at number one.
The Hoosiers then went up 3-1 on a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory from Isade Juneau at number three, as he bettered Pawal Poziomski. Down 3-1, the Boilers started to rally.
Bednarczyk fell in a third set tiebreaker at number five, as Krisztian Krocsko won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, putting the pressure on Essick and Dimitrije Tasic. Both Hoosiers were behind on the scoreboard when attention shifted to their side of the building.
Tasic was down a set and down a break late in the second, and Essick was down 4-5 in the third set. Things looked good for the Boilers. Both Hoosiers battled back, as Tasic broke back to push the second set into a tiebreaker, and Essick broke Mateus Silva to tie things at 5-5. With Tasic and Aaron Dujovne locked in a tiebreaker at number four, Essick proceeded to hold serve and push Silva to a pair of break points.
Essick was able to win the match by breaking Silva's serve, taking a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 decision to clinch the match, and Dujovne won the tiebreaker to take down Tasic 7-6, 7-6.
The Hoosiers host Iowa on Saturday and a doubleheader with Nebraska and DePauw on Sunday. For complete coverage of all things IU men's tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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