Purdue Men's Tennis in Action This Weekend

Boilermakers to appear at Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships.

Jan. 23, 1998

The Purdue men's tennis team will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships from Jan. 24-26. Jamie Gordon, Purdue's top singles player and 1997 team MVP, is seeded seventh in the 64-person draw.

Gordon, a junior, will take his Rolex Intercollegiate ranking of 80th against the likes of 17th-ranked and top-seeded Alex Witt of Northwestern. The tournament also features 43rd-ranked Cary Franklin (No. 5 seed), 62nd-ranked Gavin Sontag (No. 3 seed) and 73rd-ranked Oliver Freelove (No. 2 seed), all of Illinois. Like Gordon, classmates Cris James and Derek Myers may also advance through the field. Both competed in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic in early January where James advanced to the quarterfinals and Myers reached the round of 16.

Other Boilers who will compete at the Big Ten tournament include freshman standout Jason Marshall, senior Steve Brizendine, junior Cade Lutz, sophomore Even Hays and freshman Dan Swan. "We have done well in the past at this event with one or two standouts," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "This year I am looking for a total team effort and success across the board. "It is important to get off to a good start, to prove we are Big Ten contenders. We are the most mature since I 've been here with four juniors and seniors and we are ready and we are ready because of our experience. We are hungry." The 50th-ranked Boilers have their toughest schedule in recent history, including dual matches against four top 25 teams. The Boilers will start their dual match season Jan. 31 against ninth-ranked Florida in Gainesville. Purdue's first home matches are Feb. 7 against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.